Cuomo Tells Democrats To ‘Be Less Negative’: ‘Why Democrats Have Lost In The Past’

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New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging Democrats to “be less negative,” saying “it’s not enough to criticize the other party.”

He made the comments Tuesday on “All In with Chris Hayes.”

Cuomo was asked by Hayes about the upcoming midterms. and Cuomo replied, “I would like to see the Democratic Party, frankly, be less negative, because Trump is doing the best negative case that we could ever do, and start to be more affirmative about what the Democrats will do when we get in power.”

“You know, the negative is only part of the equation,” Cuomo added, “If you look back, I believe that’s why Democrats have lost in the past. We have not had a credible vision that people believe would make their life better. At the end of the day, it’s not enough to criticize the other party. You must have a credible vision that people believe you can implement and that’s what this Democratic Party needs for the midterms and beyond. And people have to believe that you can do it. It can’t be abstract, theoretical, pie in the sky. This is how I will make your life better.”


While urging the Democrats to have a more positive message, in the same interview Cuomo called the NRA “bullies” and “extortionists.” Cuomo went on to say, “I believe they (NRA) are stopping progress in this country on an issue that is literally killing people.”

The NRA and Gov. Cuomo have been in a fight since the early spring. In April of this year, Cuomo urged insurance companies, banks, and other financial institutions to review relationships with the NRA. The NRA responded filing a lawsuit against Cuomo, in May of this year, and another law suit this week against Gov. Cuomo and the state of New York.

Hayes, also asked Cuomo if he agreed with calls from his primary opponent Cynthia Nixon and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to abolish ICE? Cuomo did not agree that ICE should be abolished, but the “less negative” Cuomo replied, “ICE is a politicized police force, which is doing the presidents political bidding, and that’s really the problem.”

Cuomo will face activist and actress Cynthia Nixon in a primary election on Sept. 18.