After a string of primary victories last month, former Vice President Joe Biden seems poised to lead his party into this year’s presidential election. However, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton isn’t so convinced that is what will ultimately happen, according to the Washington Examiner.
Dick Morris, who served as a consultant to President Bill Clinton both in the White House and during Clinton’s tenure as governor of Arkansas, expressed doubt during a conversation with radio host John Catsimatidis as to whether Democrats will actually give Biden the nomination.
“Biden thinks he has the nomination sewed up, but I’m not so sure,” Morris said, suggesting instead that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has a shot at taking the title.
“It is perfectly possible for Cuomo to replace Biden as the nominee,” he remarked. “Biden has at the moment about 1,200 delegates, but you need 1,900 to win the nomination. And most of the states have postponed their primaries.”
Primary delay prompts speculation
Morris went on to point out that “New York, with over 200 delegates, has postponed its primary until June 23, the last in the country.”
“I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” he said. “I think Cuomo may have postponed it so that he would increase his chances. You could have a write-in movement for Cuomo.”
The Empire State is the undisputed epicenter of America’s coronavirus outbreak, with over 40% of COVID-19 fatalities in the United States having occurred in New York, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.
Cuomo has subsequently gained national prominence by holding daily press briefings on the crisis, and some Democrats have taken to using the hashtag #PresidentCuomo on Twitter as a sign of support for the governor’s handling of the pandemic.
Cuomo denies presidential aspirations
Despite all of this, Cuomo has consistently denied having presidential aspirations, something that he made clear during an interview with his younger brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo.
When asked, “With all of this adulation you’re getting for doing your job, are you thinking about running for president?” the governor simply replied, “No, no.”
He had a similar message during an appearance on MSNBC, stating, “I am not engaging the president in politics. My only goal is to engage the president in partnership.”
The New York governor went on to say: “This is no time for politics. I am not going to get into a political dispute with the president. I’m not running for president.”