Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer talks politics, personal life in rare interview for News 12

Posted: Aug 17, 2019 9:00 AM -04:00 Updated:

Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York, sat down with News 12's Tara Rosenblum to discuss everything from politics to his personal life.

The political rise and fall of Spitzer is a story many are familiar with, but he agreed to a rare sit-down where he was game for any question on any topic.

Spitzer talked about a wide range of subjects, including the shape of Wall Street, how he feels about the reins of state government in the hands of the Democrats, the Amazon deal and his thoughts on Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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 The former governor told Rosenblum that of all elected officials in New York, he admires Sen. Chuck Schumer the most.

"He is a street fighter, but also sees the larger playing field. He is now risen as we all know to the Democratic leadership...hopefully, he will be the majority leader of the Senate although that may or may not transpire in the next national elections…smart, thoughtful, modulated, careful knows how to get things done," he says.

On the #MeToo movement, Spitzer said that he thought it was a necessary and critical examination of the issue, and that society needs to create a workforce and a workplace environment that is proper at every level.

He also discussed President Donald Trump, including whether he would give him any good marks, and which Democrat had the best shot of unseating him.

"I have not endorsed anybody...nobody has asked me for my endorsement, but if I had to put together ticket right now, I think a Biden/Harris ticket. It brings the coalition together, has wisdom and some energy to it," he says.

Spitzer also delved into climate change, sexual harassment legislation, religious waivers and the push to legalize marijuana.

When things started getting personal, the former governor answered questions about the prostitution scandal that forced him out of office and his current role of real estate tycoon.

Rosenblum asked Spitzer if he would do things differently if he went back in time, and about any life lessons learned since stepping down.

"I would in terms of governance. I think I would have dealt with the legislative leaders a little differently. I tried on one hand to be slightly more accommodating on some of the things they were looking for," he said.

When asked if he could ever see a scenario where he would run for elected office again, Spitzer replied, "Inconceivable, just not gonna do it."

Spitzer ended the interview with his thoughts about social media, his children and legacy.

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