Mario Cuomo's Greatest Hits

The former governor who died Thursday is remembered as one of the most powerful orators of 20th century politics.

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo is remembered as one of the most powerful orators of 20th century politics. The Democrat's ability to portray sincerity in his speeches, combined with the authenticity of his hardscrabble youth—he was born in the back of a grocery store where his Italian immigrant parents worked—were key ingredients for what made his speeches inspirational to so many.

His death on Thursday led many of the nation's top politicians to remember their favorite Cuomo moments. Here are some of his biggest.

1984 Democratic National Convention speech

On anti-Italian slurs

1983 inaugural address

Nominating Bill Clinton for president

Religious beliefs and public morality

Honoring “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert

On the meaning of life

On health care

On telling his parents about going into politics

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