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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo gave a pep talk in Buffalo on Monday for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign by asserting as fact her positions, prospects in November and accomplishments in New York, which remain open questions leading to Tuesday’s New York primary.

“What this election comes down to is what we want,” Cuomo said in Buffalo with former President Bill Clinton in the run-up to Tuesday’s New York primary. “We’re Democrats. Everybody basically wants to have the same goals. We want to clean up campaigns, and campaign finance and health care, etc.”

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Her opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, however, has made a cornerstone of his campaign a “corrupt campaign finance system” in which he says politicians, including Clinton, have received millions of dollars from Wall Street and special interests. Sanders also criticizes Clinton for taking $250,000 in speaking fees at private events for Wall Street banks and for refusing to release a transcript of what she said.

Sanders also has a starkly different view than Clinton on health care. He calls for single-payer Medicaid care, saying Obamacare has failed to insure millions of Americans and is flawed. Clinton wants to stick with Obamacare, but improve it and avoid another long, divisive fight in Congress that a new system would spark.

“The question is who is in the best position to actually make change, and who is in the best position to actually win in November,” Cuomo said. “Those are the two questions, and the answers to both of those questions are Hillary Rodham Clinton, period!”

The RealClear Politics comparisons of polls shows Clinton would beat Republican front-runner Donald Trump, but five of the nine polls shows her winning by single digits. Sanders would also beat Trump in all the polls, but Sanders would win by double digits in seven of eight of the polls. The McClatchy-Marist College poll had Clinton beating Trump by 9 percentage points, while the same poll found Sanders with a 20-point margin.

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“We have an advantage in New York because we had Hillary here as our senator and we know how good she is,” Cuomo said Monday. “We know what she brought back to New York … and focused on the economy.”

In her successful run for the U.S. Senate in 2000, Clinton promised to create 200,000 jobs upstate, where the economy had long suffered losses of jobs and residents. In her eight years in the Senate, however, employment remained stagnant.