Although Governor Cuomo has insisted he does not plan on seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, a number of prominent New Yorkers are seriously considering challenging the President, who is also from New York.
- New York’s junior U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced she has formed an exploratory committee and has hired several senior aides, alluding to a 2020 presidential campaign. This weekend she will be in Iowa, site of the first 2020 Democratic caucus.
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said if he runs he plans to self-fund his entire campaign, noting he thinks the public likes a candidate who does not have to “adjust what you say and what you work on based on who financed your campaign.” Bloomberg spent more than $260 million combined in his runs for City Hall in 2001, 2005 and 2009.
- Current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to rule out running for President in 2020 in an interview. “I’m focused on the job I have, but I’ve also been really clear – I’m going to spread this message.” The Mayor argued the party is facing serious questions in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election and said that he needs to be part of the conversation.