Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked up Joe Biden for president on Wednesday — and ducked a question about whether he wants to be his running mate.
“My two cents? Of all the names are out there, Joe Biden has the best case because he brings most of the secret ingredient you need to win, which is credibility,” Cuomo said on WAMC radio.
But when asked about a potential Biden-Cuomo ticket, the governor responded, “I’m not focused on that.”
Cuomo’s pitch for the former vice president is a slap at New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is also mulling a run for the White House.
“Trump was elected because of [voters’] rejection of the entire system,” Cuomo said in boosting Biden.
“You don’t hire an airline pilot who’s never flown a plane. Joe Biden can say, `I was there. I was the second seat.’”
Cuomo has a close relationship with Biden. The former veep cut a TV ad backing Cuomo’s re-election last year and Biden has joined him at events, including the announcement about rebuilding LaGuardia airport.
The governor was initially asked about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren jumping into the race.
“A lot of people are running. There’s an anti-Trump feeling that’s pervasive. There’s going to be a big field,” he said.