Politics never rests, even in the midst of a pandemic, so the buzz is growing over New York’s governor wrestling the nomination from Joe Biden.
The 2020 presidential campaign has seemingly taken a back seat to the coronavirus, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reminding the public about Election Day thanks to his daily exposure on cable news channels at the same time his state is considered the “epicenter” of the virus in the U.S.
Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, tells OneNewsNow the Democratic Party may be ready to jettison the former vice-president.
“I think it's a strong possibility that the Democrats will find someone – if it's not Cuomo – that they perceive will be a stronger challenge to Donald Trump,” she observes, “especially if [Trump’s] approval ratings remain as high as they are now in the way he's handled the coronavirus.”
USA Today, among other news outlets, reported in recent days that President Trump has witnessed a bump in his approval ratings – up five points according to Gallup - during the virus pandemic.
Cuomo, meanwhile, is witnessing his own approval ratings “surge” during the crisis, Fox News reported this week. In his state, a whopping 87 percent of registered voters approve of the job he is doing.
The news story points out that Biden is watching from the outside as the presidential race, and his campaign in particular, have been sidelined in the media during the pandemic.
Tom Zawistowski, president of the tea party-affiliated We the People Convention, says Cuomo likely realizes a last-minute campaign is a lost cause.
“I think [Cuomo] understands that no one is going to beat Trump,” he says, “so I'm not sure he wants to put himself in that sacrificial lamb category.”
If the party does find a replacement for Biden, he adds, it will be a younger candidate, with a future in the party, who jumps in for the name recognition.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.