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Cuomo Says Hillary Clinton's Political Decisions Won't Affect His Own

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is keeping his name alive as a possible 2016 presidential candidate -- he denied Monday talk that he would step aside for Hillary Clinton. NY1's Zack Fink has the story.

On Monday morning, a report in the New York Post claimed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo would bow out of the presidential race in 2016 should Hillary Clinton decide to run.

A few hours after the paper hit newsstands, Cuomo took to the radio to deny it.

"There is no truth to the assertion that I'm talking presidential politics and strategy and what Hillary Clinton should do or shouldn't do or what I am doing presidentially," Cuomo said on WNYC.

Cuomo has been very guarded about his future plans. He rarely does national press and limits his interviews to chosen media outlets.

"I go to great lengths not to engage in politics writ large but especially not presidential politics," he said on the radio.

But in the same interview, the governor was non-committal about his own plans once again.

"I think it probably is a smart move for him to keep his options open. Hillary Clinton is going to be the presumptive favorite among Democratic voters in the primary," bob Turner from Skidmore College said. "He is always going to be the second choice."

Observers say Cuomo cannot win a race against Clinton, in part because the two would be competing for the same New York donor base. That's a contest they say Clinton would win.

"I think Governor Cuomo is going to recall his disastrous 2002 gubernatorial run against Carl McCall," Turner said. "We saw that again in 2006 when he was thinking about running, but then chose not to once Eliot Spitzer decided to run."

Some say a drop in the poles has also forced Cuomo to re-evaluate his future.

"The numbers have shifted mostly among Republicans and Upstate voters," Lee Miringoff of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion said. "His numbers among democrats and New York City, suburban areas, which would be a base of support for him, are still very strong."

Cuomo has only spoken publicly about a possible presidential run a handful of times. In none of those instances did he say he is even seriously considering it.

On the flip side, he has had numerous opportunities to deny that he is running, and he hasn't exactly done that either.

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