1:05 pm Jun. 14, 2012
On Fred Dicker's radio show this morning, Andrew Cuomo was asked whether he agreed with the relatively positive comments about Mitt Romney's business record that were recently made by Cuomo's old boss, Bill Clinton, and by Newark Mayor Cory Booker on "Meet the Press."
"I think they both said different things on that," Cuomo said. "I don't know if that's a fair characterization of what the president—"
Dicker interrupted to note Clinton had said Romney had a good record in the business community. (Clinton's exact wording was "sterling business career.")
"I think they both clarified it," Cuomo said. "I think the point they were making was that Mitt Romney does have experience in the business community. That's inarguable. But the question is then, what are the values that we're bringing to the economic discussion and what is economic success? Is it just on the high end? Is it more of a shared success? How about a long-term investment to make sure other people are brought into the economic success? So I think that's going to be more of the conversation of the campaign."
"You're not looking to make any news on this one," Dicker said.
"Not especially," said Cuomo.
Not making news appears to be Cuomo's preferred way of engaging in the presidential contest so far. While other governors have aggressively performed surrogate duty, Cuomo has praised the president in mostly nonpartisan terms, and mostly from a distance.
"In this state, he's doing great," said Cuomo, who will appear with Obama and New Jersey governor Chris Christie at Ground Zero this afternoon.
"I think at the end of the day President Obama is going to be re-elected and I'm confident about that," Cuomo told Dicker.