New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, just re-elected to a third term, looks at the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls and picks former VP Joe Biden, 76, as the “best case” to take on incumbent Donald J. Trump. Cuomo said on WAMC Radio that Biden stood out among the dozens of hat-tossers (including Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren) because of Biden’s “credibility.” Credibility is a loaded word as it’s never quite been before in American politics — since no president has faced so much scrutiny about lying in office as Trump has. (See the current Trump lie count here.) So credibility — “the quality of being trusted or believed in” — will be an issue that every Democrat will run on. Thing is, credibility may only be a plus with Democrats. It doesn’t seem to be a prerequisite for the top of the GOP.
Cuomo dodged, without quite denying, the idea that he could join Biden as VP candidate on a Biden/Cuomo 2020 ticket. His answer to the question of whether he’s join Biden in a run? “I’m not even focused on any of that,” Cuomo replied.