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Claim: Cuomo to Sit Out 2016 If Hillary Runs

7:33 AM, Apr 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, New York governor Andrew Cuomo will not. At least, that's what is being reported today by the New York Post.

"The governor has told people in recent weeks that there’s not a chance for him to run if Hillary gets in the race because she’ll easily wrap up the Democratic nomination," a Cuomo insider tells the Post.

"He knows that and he accepts that, and so he won’t even be thinking at all in those terms — unless Hillary decides not to run, which seems unlikely." 

Cuomo, a Democrat, will focus for now on reelection:

While Cuomo has repeatedly claimed he has no interest in running for president, his sharp turn to the political left this year after two years governing as a moderate convinced many Democrats and Republicans that he was laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign.

For now, Cuomo is expected to focus his political energies on trying to run up as huge a re-election victory next year as possible, with many on the inside saying he hopes to top his father Mario’s landslide margin over Westchester County Executive Andrew O’Rourke in 1986, when Mario got just over 64 percent of the vote.

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