With President Obama scheduled to make visits across Upstate New York, it could pave the way for a stronger relationship between the President and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Although both men are Democrats, the two have not always been fully supportive of each other. Capital Tonight's Nick Reisman has more on their relationship, and why Obama's visit could have a positive impact on their partnership.
NEW YORK STATE -- Governor Andrew Cuomo isn't one to turn down a presidential visit from Barack Obama, who is due to take a bus tour of upstate New York next week. However, the relationship between the President and the Governor of New York is a complicated one.
"Your leadership has brought this nation through the storm and we thank you," said Cuomo.
That is what Cuomo said last year in praise of Obama's economic record when he visited the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.
The governor often praises Obama in public, but he did not do much to help with last year's Presidential campaign.
Cuomo was supposed to make a high profile campaign trip to Florida last year, but cancelled at the last minute to stay in New York and manage Superstorm Sandy.
President Obama did help pave the way for Cuomo to run for governor in 2010, dispatching allies to urge Governor David Paterson to not run for a full term. However, Cuomo supported Hillary Clinton's bid in 2008.
More recently, Cuomo passed the country's first ever gun control law following the Connecticut school shooting, which Obama failed to do.
Sources familiar with the President's plans say he will first travel to Buffalo on Thursday to speak at the University at Buffalo. Then he will speak at Henninger High School in Syracuse.
On Friday, Obama's bus tour travels to the SUNY campus in Binghamton where he will have a town hall event.
The economic troubles of Upstate New York, and its pockets of Republican voters, provide a backdrop for Obama to push affordability in higher education.
"Right now, some of the most advanced manufacturing work in America is being done right here in upstate New York," said Obama.
It is not immediately known if Cuomo will be appearing alongside Obama at any of next week's events, but it is considered likely.