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Statement by the Vice President on the Passing of Mario Cuomo

The White House

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release

January 02, 2015

Jill and I were saddened to hear of the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo. He was one of the most principled and courageous public servants I have ever known. He was a forceful voice for civil rights, for equal rights, for economic opportunity and justice. He had the courage to stand by his convictions, even when it was unpopular. Mario Cuomo was full of hope and optimism, because he believed in this country, and he believed in its people. He knew what we could all achieve together. Our hearts go out to the entire Cuomo family. He was a good man.