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Statement from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Mario Cuomo

Contact: Deanna Congileo,

Rosalynn and I are saddened at the death of our friend Mario Cuomo.

Like an earlier governor of New York, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mario Cuomo gave passionate voice to the deepest convictions and aspirations not only of his party but of the United States of America at its best. In his three terms in Albany, he set an example of steady, compassionate, and progressive governance. I know I am far from alone in wishing he had chosen to bring his unmatched qualities to the nation's capital, whether to the White House or the chambers of the Supreme Court.

On a personal note, I will always be grateful to Mario for the support and counsel he gave me when I ran for president in 1976 and again in 1980. He was a dear friend and a constant inspiration. Our sympathies and prayers are with his wife, Matilda, and his children Madeline, Maria, Margaret, Christopher, and Andrew.


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