Thursday, 4 Jun 2020

Former Clinton adviser predicts Democratic primary ‘write-in movement’ for Cuomo

Dick Morris, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, says he doesn’t believe Democrtic frontrunner Joe Biden has a lock on the 2020 nomination — because Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be the recipient of a “write-in movement.”

“Biden thinks he has the nomination sewn up, but I’m not so sure. Cuomo has been doing very well with his daily press event. The heart-wrenching drama of him and his brother on the air really attracted vast audiences — a tremendous sympathy,” Morris told host John Catsimatidis on his AM 970 show, “The Cat’s Roundtable,” in an interview that aired Sunday.

“It’s perfectly possible for Cuomo to replace Biden as a nominee. Biden has about 1,200 delegates, but you need 1,900 to win the nomination. Most of the states have postponed their primaries,” Morris continued.

“And 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. I think Cuomo may have postponed it so that it increases chances. You could have a write-in movement for Cuomo.”

The governor has been in the spotlight with his daily coronavirus briefings where he explains the state’s efforts to fight the pandemic, urges President Trump and other leaders for medical equipment and sometimes relates folksy stories about his family.

He has also taken time during the briefings to interview his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who details his own struggles with the virus, which he describes as “the beast.”

Morris predicted that if a poll was conducted between Cuomo and Biden, “You’d find Cuomo winning … Trump should think about that. Because Cuomo would be a very different order-of-magnitude opponent than Biden was.”

The governor was asked by his younger brother during an appearance on CNN whether he had any intention of running.

“Let me ask you something. With all of this adulation that you’re getting for doing your job, are you thinking about running for president? Tell the audience,” Chris Cuomo asked.

“No,” said the governor. “No.”

And despite some Democratic insiders saying he could add a jolt of momentum to the Biden campaign, Cuomo has denied any interest in a vice presidential slot.

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