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Cuomo: Too soon to say if he'd support Hillary Clinton for president

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – While other Democrats are already pressing Hillary Clinton to consider running for president in 2016, put Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the undecided column.

The governor told Albany radio station WGDJ this morning that Clinton “is incredibly popular” and has “great experience.’’

Asked, though, if he would support her if she ran, Cuomo responded, “It’s a long way off.’’

Cuomo, who worked in President Bill Clinton’s cabinet as housing secretary, is eyeing his own possible run in 2016, though many Democrats believe he would not challenge Hillary Clinton in a Democratic primary if she ran.

UPDATE: But one New York statewide official did not hestiate to sing Clinton's praises later today. "A lot of folks in a lot of positions are all waiting for Hillary's decision,'' state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a meeting with The Buffalo News editorial board. He noted he backed her 2008 presidential primary bid.

"Her tenure as Secretary of State has only made her stronger and better prepared. I can't think of anyone better prepared,'' DiNapoli said of a possible Clinton White House run.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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