Democratic National Convention
Here's a conversation I had with NY1 political director Bob Hardt about the Democratic National Convention, in which he talked about the meaning of Andrew Cuomo's speech at the New York delegation breakfast, the media circus in Charlotte and the baseless yet completely unkillable speculation about a prospective 2016 presidential run by Hillary Clinton.
At the New York delegation breakfast in Charlotte this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered the kind of full-throated defense of Barack Obama, and impassioned partisan invective against Republicans, that he's meticulously avoided since becoming governor two years ago.
“Let’s thank President Barack Obama for what he’s done for our state!" said Cuomo, in his introduction.
Cuomo's abbreviated, one-day-only appearance at the convention, along with his studious avoidance of anything related to 2016, only made the national press corps more hungry to see him, turning the delegation breakfast into a sideshow that had the feel of a keynote speech, even though it was delivered shortly before noon, far from the convention floor.
On a voice vote this afternoon, Democrats restored language to their party platform that supports Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.
The language, which was included in the party's platform in 2008, and had been conspicuously removed from the draft platform this year, leading to objections from a number of pro-Israel Democrats.
Among them were both New York senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who stated their support for making Jerusalem the capital in separate interviews today.
"Democrats have always been for Jerusalem being the unified capital of Israel," Schumer said on CBS' "This Morning."
Typically, a politician as ambitious as Governor Andrew Cuomo wouldn't dream of sitting out most of his party's national convention.(1)
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo is only spending one day in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, and it will be a light one, at least in terms of public events.
Asked about the governor's schedule for tomorrow, a spokesman confirmed that the governor will address the New York delegation breakfast, and that he will stay for President Obama's speech tomorrow evening.
Cuomo previously canceled an afternoon event with a number of high-profile Obama bundlers, though the donors were invited to attend the New York breakfast.(1)
Steve Kornacki: Clinton really is the perfect messenger for this, and the Republicans have contributed to it by making him a major part of their anti-Obama narrative. He's the "good" Democratic president, in their telling, the one whose legacy Obama has thumbed his nose at with his reckless spending and devotion to Big Government and partisanship. With Republicans singing his praises, Clinton has become one of the most popular public figures in the country.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will give a speech to the Iowa delegation at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next month, according to the Des Moines Register.
As the first caucus state, Iowa attracts a disproportionately heavy hitting list of speakers.
Former president Jimmy Carter will address the Democratic National Convention in a primetime video address, according to a press release.
Carter's message, "including unique insights about President Obama as a global leader," will air on Tuesday, September 4, the opening night of the convention, when first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, are also scheduled to speak.
The story of the 39 minutes that made Mario Cuomo a star is well-known. He arrived on the first day of his party’s 1984 convention in San Francisco as a relatively unknown second-year governor and flew back to New York that same night as a national liberal hero.
O'Donnell on a marriage-equality plank at the convention: 'The path to marriage equality is through the states'
Earlier this month, the New York State Democratic Party chairman, Jay Jacobs, signed on to a petition calling for the Democratic National Committee to make the legalization of same-sex marriage the Democratic Party's official position at the national convention. He would presumably not have done this without the assent, of not the urging, of the party's de facto leader, Andrew Cuomo, whose successful push for marriage-equality in New York is a component of his prospective future presidential bid.