The New York Post
November 10, 2016
A day after Donald Trump won the presidency, wounded Democrats were already plotting a comeback — mentioning Gov. Cuomo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Tim Kaine as potential candidates for the White House in 2020.
Democratic officials and donors who gathered at Hillary Clinton’s election night event at the Javits Center were talking up Cuomo as astonishing returns came in showing the former secretary of state and New York senator would be defeated.
“The governor of New York is always a potential candidate,” said a Democratic Party insider who was at the event.
But Cuomo would have to navigate corruption scandals involving two former aides, Joseph Percoco and Todd Howe.
He also has to make a decision on whether to seek re-election to a third term in 2018.
Asked on NY1 on Wednesday about a possible role in the 2020 presidential race, Cuomo said only, “I see a role for myself as governor of New York.”
The governor then mentioned his own accomplishments, from enacting marriage equality to passing tougher gun laws.
Massachusetts firebrand Warren is also being mentioned as a potential 2020 contender.
“She would be fantastic,” said Arthur Schwartz, a Manhattan Democratic district leader who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primary season. “We’re going to hear a lot from her over the next four years.”
But Democratic sources said Warren is actually interested in getting important bipartisan legislation passed to raise her profile and show she’s a doer.
Kaine, the Virginia senator and Clinton’s vice-presidential running mate, also is considered a major voice in shaping the future of the party, whether or not he runs for president.
Despite Clinton’s devastating loss and GOP’s rule of Congress, Democrats said they will regroup.
“Senate Democrats will spend the coming days and weeks reflecting on these results, hearing from the American people, and charting a path forward,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, in line to become the next Democratic leader.
Democrats also warned that it’s premature to write them off.
“A change could be an election away,” noted Democratic National Committee member Robert Zimmerman.
But activists said a housecleaning is needed at the DNC following the WikiLeaks e-mails showing former chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and interim chairwoman Donna Brazile favored Clinton over Sanders during the primary fight.
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison are considered leading contenders to become the next DNC leader.
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