Veteran journalist: Don't count out Andrew Cuomo, despite gaffe

While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) sparked backlash this week by remarking that America "was never that great," RealClearPolitics executive editor Carl Cannon is warning that observers should not be too hasty to make pronouncements about his political future.

"I’m older than you guys, I remember Nixon," Cannon, who serves as the internet publication's Washington bureau chief, said during a panel discussion featured on Friday's episode of “What America’s Thinking,” Hill.TV’s daily look at polling and public opinion.

“These politicians, especially these career politicians, until you see the silver pick stake through their heart, you can’t say they’ll never run again,” Cannon added when asked if Cuomo's comment could doom his political future.

After narrowly losing the 1960 presidential election and a 1962 contest to be California’s governor, Richard Nixon was widely written off by many political veterans. But in 1968, he managed to once again become the Republican presidential nominee and then defeat Democrat Hubert Humphrey in the general election.

Cuomo faced immediate backlash earlier this week when he remarked during a speech that America "was never that great."

Left-leaning comedian Stephen Colbert was one of many political commentators to condemn Cuomo’s initial.

“That is the dumbest thing you could say as a politician,” Colbert said on his CBS program Thursday night. “That’s like closing your speech with, ‘Apple pie sucks, I’m lukewarm on the troops, and those stripes make the American flag look fat! Thank you, I hate my mother!'”

Cuomo reversed himself in a matter of hours on Wednesday in a statement distributed by his office, saying that the New York Democrat was attempting to rebut President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE’s signature campaign phrase, "Make American great again."

On Thursday, Cuomo apologized for his “inartful” remark, saying during a news conference, "Of course America is great and of course America has always been great. No one questions that."

In a July American Barometer survey conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, Cuomo was the potential Democratic presidential hopeful who was the most disliked by the public. Among the 1,001 registered voters who were surveyed, 29 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of Cuomo while 23 percent said they viewed him favorably.