New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) believes former Vice President Joe Biden is best positioned among an ever-widening field of potential 2020 Democrats candidates to win the White House.
Cuomo told public radio station WAMC Wednesday that the “secret ingredient” to a Biden appeal is the longtime lawmaker’s “credibility” — something, the New York Democrat said, other possible candidates do not have.
“I think of all the names that are out there, I think Joe Biden has the best case,” said Cuomo, who was inaugurated to a third term as New York governor Tuesday. “I think Joe Biden has the best case because he brings the most of the secret ingredient you need to win for a Democrat, which is credibility.”
“I think there’s going to be a big field. I think the problem for the Democrats is going to be this: It is going to be credibility,” he added.
Cuomo then advised Democrats thinking about jumping into the fray to focus on crafting a positive message to drive voters to the polls, saying “I think that the main issue for the Democrats is not going to be the articulation of the negative; it is going to be the articulation of the positive.”
While Biden, 76, and other Democrat hopefuls, such as outgoing Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-TX) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have been the subject of intense 2020 speculation, progressive firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is the only major Democrat candidate to announce a serious step towards a White House bid. The Massachusetts Democrat, still smarting from the fallout over DNA results showing minuscule Native American lineage, launched a presidential exploratory committee on Monday.
Speaking before the University of Montana last month, Biden said he thinks he is the “most qualified person” to be president. “I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” the former vice president said, according to CNN. “The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.”