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Cuomo says he would not accept a Biden Cabinet position if asked

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) insisted he would not accept a potential Cabinet post if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the White House, saying he will stay in his current job.

“I support Joe Biden for president, and I believe he’s going to be the next president. I am not running for anything. I am governor of New York and that’s all I want to be,” Cuomo said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“I was in a Cabinet, I was in Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, been there, done that,” he added, referring to his time as secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001. “I don’t want to go to Washington. They couldn’t drag me, they couldn’t force me. I only represent the people of the state, I have no agenda besides theirs.”

Cuomo has drawn bipartisan plaudits for his handling of the coronavirus, which hit New York particularly hard. He’s received a fresh round of praise as the Empire State’s coronavirus cases continue to decline while other states see new spikes, with supporters pointing to Cuomo’s cautious plans to reopen the state. 

The attention surrounding Cuomo has fueled speculation that he could use the moment as a springboard to higher office either with a post in a possible Biden administration or a presidential run in 2024 if President Trump wins reelection. 

Cuomo’s favorability rating hit a seven-year high in March, largely driven by overwhelming support for his response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Cuomo’s profile has also risen after high-profile spats with Trump, most recently criticizing him for having a peaceful protest cleared with tear gas and rubber bullets so he could pose with a Bible in front of a church near the White House.

“The president held up the Bible the other day in Washington, D.C.,” Cuomo earlier this month during a news conference. “Here in New York we actually read the Bible.”

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