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“I think he would like to be president,” CBS’ Charlie Rose said Tuesday after concluding an interview with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo about the governor’s new, election-timed memoir.
“I think it’s in his blood,” Rose said after a 10-minute segment on "CBS This Morning."
The memoir and round of interviews are just two of the steps Cuomo has taken in recent months to raise his national profile amid his re-election campaign against Republican Rob Astorino. The Democrat governor traveled to Israel and Afghanistan and has hinted about going to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
In the Rose interview, Cuomo covered some of the broad outlines of his career trajectory: campaign manager for his father, ex-Gov. Mario Cuomo, Clinton administration cabinet secretary, failed 2002 gubernatorial candidate, a very public divorce from Kerry Kennedy and a successful return to state politics.
At one point, Rose asked him about his management style, which has been criticized as hardball, bullying and micromanaging. Cuomo said his style is part of his success.
"You can't have one without the other," Cuomo said. "I plead guilty."
After the interview segment, Rose pointed out that writing a memoir is often a sign a politician is trying to raise his/her profile, possibly to run for a higher office.