Buzz surrounding 2016 presidential election
Democrats are intent on re-electing President Obama, but at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte there was buzz that some prominent New Yorkers, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Cuomo, and Hillary Clinton, may seek the job in 2016. YNN's Nick Reisman has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Democrats are intent on re-electing President Obama, but at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte there was buzz that some prominent New Yorkers, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Andrew Cuomo, and Hillary Clinton, may seek the job in 2016. Cuomo insisted that he is focused on being governor, and skilled the convention save for the final day, when he spoke to New York delegation.
"Frankly, it is absurd that the people of the party who created the problem not want to be the solvers of the problem to the American people," said Governor Cuomo.
Nationally, Cuomo has kept a low profile, though his accomplishments such as same-sex marriage have made him a prominent governor.
"He's a good friend. We're working on one president right now, President Barack Obama. One president at a time," noted Patt Quinn, (D) Illinois Governor.
Gillibrand, who is running for a full six-year term for the seat vacated by Clinton, spoke to the Iowa Democratic delegation, raising her profile for the political actives in a state that hosts the first-in-the-nation caucus. But, like every potential 2016 contender, she said she has no interest in running.
"I am going to be the chairperson of the Hillary Clinton 2016 fan club. I'm hoping that Secretary Clinton runs," said Gillibrand. "I really want to support her candidacy, I think she'd make a great president."
Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, stayed away from the convention which is typical. She said she is leaving politics for good at the end of the year. Her husband had a prominent speaking role, suggesting the former president may want to continue to be a national power broker. One of Hillary Clinton's predecessors said she doesn't know what her plans are.
"Well I've always thought she would make a great president, but she's been a great Secretary of State, and I don't know what her plans are, but she's been a remarkable Secretary of State," noted Madeline Albright, (D) former Secretary of State.