Mario Cuomo's Airborne Lesson in Tolerance

There are few, of the thousands of politicians I've talked to over the years, capable of leaving that mark.

Eloquent in defeat, 1977.

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It was 1983, and the newly elected governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, was flying on a small state plane from upstate down to the New York City. Tim Russert, his brilliant young press secretary, and I, a political journalist, were with him.

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