Last week, news broke that Chris Cuomo, co-host of ABC's 20/20, would be moving to CNN to host a new morning show. On Friday night he will make his CNN debut filling in for host Piers Morgan. Cuomo brings a liberal legacy with him to CNN.
Cuomo hails from a Democratic family. His brother Andrew is the Democratic governor of New York, and his father Mario Cuomo was formerly the state's three-term Democratic governor who gave the keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic Convention.
Before his time at 20/20, Chris Cuomo was the news anchor on ABC's Good Morning America. From before the 2008 presidential campaign through the first months of President Obama's first term, Cuomo echoed the liberal line on a range of issues like health care, immigration, global warming, and the economy. Here is his worst liberal bias from his years at ABC.
GOP 'Playing Politics' With People's Health Care?
"You're always honest about both political parties. Governor, do you believe that the Republicans are playing politics here, at the risk of people's health care?...Is it upstaging the need to help people right now? Is this getting to be a little bit of a reckless situation?"
— Cuomo to Arnold Schwarzenegger on Good Morning America, July 22, 2009.
Why Not Just Nationalize the Economy?
"We've seen government intervene in the banking industry, mortgage industry, insurance, automobiles, chasing down problems after they happen. Wouldn't it be better to try and get ahead of the next crisis by just, right now, nationalize the whole economy and let government experts take over for failing CEOs?...According to our polls, the public has a lot more confidence in President Obama than these executives we in the media have demonized for the past year, so why wouldn't it be better for the Obama administration to take everything over?"
— Cuomo to liberal New York Times economics columnist Paul Krugman, April 1, 2009, Good Morning America.
America Is Inherently Racist
"What do you think the bigger obstacle is for you in becoming President, the Clinton campaign machine or America's inherent racism?"
— Cuomo to then-candidate Barack Obama in a December 20, 2007 interview on Good Morning
'Everybody' Wants to 'Throw' Illegal Immigrants 'Over That Wall'
"Now, Gianna, for you, immigration. You've been naturalized. You're now here a naturalized citizen three years. But it's a big issue. Everybody wants to put up a big wall and then find who's not supposed to be here and throw them over that wall. But what is your perspective on that?....But for a politician, you want that red meat. You want to be able to be strong and we want them out!"
— Cuomo interviewing Iowa voters on ABC's Good Morning America, January 3, 2008.
'Big Ideas' to Solve Global Warming, Like $6 a Gallon Gas
"You're also looking at a [global warming] solution here in Europe: smaller vehicles, more energy efficient, many which use diesel fuel which is more efficient. And the price of gas here is $6 a gallon to discourage guzzling. A lot of big ideas and innovations coming out of Europe."
— Cuomo reporting from Paris for Earth Day, April 20, 2007, on Good Morning America.
"Do you think the President needs to call out The Lion? Do you think this takes your wife's uncle, Senator Kennedy? Do you think he needs to get involved for this [health care] to be successful?"
— ABC's Chris Cuomo to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) on Good Morning America, July 22, 2009.
"He's looking. He raises his hand....He stares at the fly. How many times have each of us tried to do this? Look at the hand coming up. The poise. The cupping. And the quick slap....He's very quick....The President has cat-like quickness."
— ABC's Chris Cuomo on the June 17 Good Morning America, using a Telestrator to show how Obama swatted a fly.
"It has been ten years since John F. Kennedy Jr. died, along with his wife and sister-in-law in a plane crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. A decade later, we remember the prince of Camelot."
— Cuomo on ABC's Good Morning America, July 16, 2009.
...While Taking Cheap Shot at President Bush
"President Bush visits with Guatemala's leader today and then will visit a sacred Mayan ruin, where some critics jab he is likely to leave behind, quote, evil spirits. They say they are going to perform a spiritual cleansing there afterwards, just in case."
— ABCs Chris Cuomo, March 12, 2007 Good Morning America.
Immortalizing Obama's 'Historic' Cairo Speech
"This is going to be a speech that is going to be talked about for a long time....It has been very comprehensive. And very thoughtful and historic."
— Cuomo on Good Morning America, June 4, 2009.