Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't playing a big role at the convention in Charlotte. But he did travel there to address the New York delegates early Thursday with a fiery speech criticizing Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the entire RNC. Josh Robin has more.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It was a 22 minute speech in North Carolina. And it seemed to make up for all the time back home Andrew Cuomo that wouldn't talk national politics.
"We're going to go to this nation and we're going to say do you believe?" he said.
Andrew Cuomo sure gave the impression he believed in Barack Obama. Usually quiet about national politics, Cuomo gave a virtual bear hug to the president from behind the podium. He also briefly shed his careful reluctance to badmouth Republicans. Some observers believe that Cuomo is seen actually as preferring the GOP to lead the State Senate. Thursday, he took their national colleagues to the wood shed.
Cuomo said, "First they say well, we have economic troubles. Thank you for that startling revelation. What they don't say, because they're ashamed, is that had nothing to do with Barack Obama."
Aides insist the speech was nothing more than revving up New Yorkers for a tough race in November. Others saw it as garden sowing for 2016.
"I think President, definitely. And I think it pits him against Hillary Clinton," Brooklyn City Councilor Letitia James said.
Cuomo knows that chatter and advisors say it just about gives him hives.
"He saw what happened to his father. And the fact of the matter is it was a distraction. It hurts your ability to govern. It creates a much more divisive environment and he wants to accomplish things in New York State," said Jay Jacobs, former New York State Democratic Party Chairman.
Which Cuomo spotlighted in every way possible, while adding some feisty new lines about how bad life would be with Mitt Romney in the White House.
"My friends, it is an obnoxious comment after what the middle class has gone through. After the struggles of the working families over these past few years that they would ask the middle class and the working families to shoulder these burdens," Cuomo said.
While the 2016 questions lingers, more immediately, people wonder if the governor will stump for the president out of New York, in swing states like Florida. That would fan the Cuomo for President talk even more. But an aide says, if the President asks him, the Governor won't say no.