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Joe Biden bid would give Democrats good choices, Cuomo says

Vice President Joe Biden speaks in the South

Vice President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington on June 16, 2015. Credit: AP / Evan Vucci

Democrats will find themselves in a "bind" over whom to support in the 2016 presidential race if Vice President Joe Biden announces his candidacy, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday.

"If he did run, I think all Democrats would be in a bind because they'd have a choice of a number of good candidates," Cuomo said of Hillary Rodham Clinton and others. "But that's a good situation to be in, right?"

Cuomo, who served as housing secretary in former President Bill Clinton's administration, quickly and "wholeheartedly" endorsed Hillary Clinton after she launched her bid in April.

On Wednesday, after an unrelated event in Greenwich Village, he called Biden "well-regarded" and "respected" and said there's a "certain natural logic" to a sitting vice president considering a campaign when the president is term-limited.

A Cuomo spokeswoman said later Wednesday that his endorsement of Clinton still stands.

Cuomo spoke highly of his personal relationship with Biden and his late son, Beau, "a really beautiful human being."

Biden, 72, a former U.S. senator from Delaware, has run twice before for the White House and is considering a third try.

Cuomo and Biden appeared together in Manhattan in July to unveil plans for a $4 billion overhaul of LaGuardia Airport. Biden will return to New York for another event with the governor in a couple of weeks, Cuomo said.

Speaking of Biden's deliberations, Cuomo recalled advising his father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, who ultimately decided against running for president. "You have to want to do this with all your heart and soul," Andrew Cuomo said.

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