Governor MARIO CUOMO: Poetry and Prose [Preview]


– It is somewhat intimidating as you’ve launched an
important, new career, to get your name butchered. It’s Cuomo, for whatever that means to you. – Mario Cuomo said it himself best, “You campaign in poetry, you govern in prose.” And he was the greatest poet in politics, we’ve ever
seen in New York State. Probably, and maybe, the country. – I was for the people
who work for a living because they have to, and the people who are not allowed to work because, they’re too old, or too weak, or because they’re economically oppressed. I said it as a Democrat,
I said it as a Liberal. – For a reporters point of view, particularly the big city papers, they liked having somebody who, early on in
his gubernatorial career was considered a national leader. – I’m Larry King at Grossingers and we welcome to our microphones, Mario Cuomo, the Governor of the State of New York.
– [Crowd] (clapping) – We proclaim as loudly as we can the utter insanity of
nuclear proliferation and the need for a nuclear freeze if only to affirm the simple truth; that peace is better than war, because life is better than death. (raucous cheering) – Half-way through the speech I literally waved and
said goodbye Governor, (laughs)
because I thought this is it. He’s gonna be President. – [Reporter] For all of us
who are leafing through here looking for signs pointing
to his political future, where should we look? – Up – I have no plans to
run for the Presidency. – [Male Reporter] Governor,
under no circumstances will you run for the Presidency? – I have no plans to
run for the Presidency. – It turned into a press war such in, he had told the Editor of The Daily News, that if Adam Nagourney was
stuck in a burning building, don’t come calling me for help. – The budget deficit
seems to be complicating the Governor’s political plans. – [Recorded Voice] What makes you think that you’re qualified to run the country when New York is the way it is right now? – Everybody wakes up that morning and they think Cuomo’s gonna
get on this private plane, gonna fly to New Hampshire,
file his paperwork. – The question of course,
will he or won’t he? – Before the news conference was over all the national TV crews that were there were packing up their gear and moving on. And it was like, it was poignant. It was like, Mario, it’s over. – It’s time for a change. It’s time to replace Mario Cuomo because it is Mario Cuomo’s fault. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Female Reporter] This weeks news was dominated by the Republican
Mayor of New York City. He endorsed the Democratic Governor. – I was about as pissed
as anybody could be. – [Male Interviewer] Figures
from the Business Council, saying New York is the
highest taxed State. A lot of people will see that
and be concerned about that. What would you say to them? – Well, it’s, first you… – I don’t think Mario
Cuomo’s legacy is a good one. I think he was all talk, no action. – Andrew’s election as Governor
meant two things for him; it was affirmation for him as a father, and number two, was
affirmation in some way he left his mark, and it was positive. – There was a melody to his voice. An incredible — it was like a song. The guy really represented a beautiful and communal American experience. – We should work together,
and hope together, and love together, for
the good of all of us. That’s the essence of the New York idea. (single note with drumming)

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