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Cuomo said convention speech will focus in part on his father

Karen DeWitt

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it’s a “sign of respect” for New York state that he’s been asked to speak on the final evening of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

He said he plans to mention his father, Mario Cuomo, the former governor who gave the memorable “Tale of Two Cities” speech at the 1984 Democratic convention. Andrew Cuomo said it’s the first national convention that he’s attended without his father, who died on New Year’s Day 2015.

Cuomo said he plans to touch on the larger theme of the two conventions: fear versus hope.

“Make no mistake, fear is powerful, and hate is powerful,” said Cuomo, who said Republicans are trying to “fan the flames” of those emotions.

He said Democrats are doing the “exact opposite.” 

“The differences aren’t a weakness, don’t be afraid,” Cuomo said. “That’s our strength, that’s our diversity.”

Cuomo said the Republican’s slogan “Make America Great Again” is code for the nation before immigrants came here over the past few decades.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.