New York Governor Andrew Cuomo still swears he is definitely, for sure not running for president in 2020.
"I am ruling it out," Cuomo said Tuesday of a 2020 presidential bid, adding that he has "a full plate with many projects," per USA Today reporter Jon Campbell. This comes a week after a report from The Associated Press that said Cuomo had contacted Democrats in Des Moines, Iowa as presidential contenders look to set up staff in the state that hosts the first caucus. Cuomo denied this report, calling it a "conspiracy theory."
If Cuomo were to backtrack on these words, he would, of course, not be the first politician to run for president after repeatedly denying that he would do so; just recently, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), who during the Texas Senate race ruled out running for president, now says he's not ruling out running for president. But for the time being, Cuomo is taking himself out of consideration, having promised during the midterm elections that he would complete his full term as governor of New York unless "God strikes me dead."
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