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Cuomo, Pelosi urge defeat of NY's GOP congress

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/6/2017 By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press
Audience members listen as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) © The Associated Press Audience members listen as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi say New York's eight Republican members of Congress must be defeated in 2018.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets members of the audience during a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) © The Associated Press New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo greets members of the audience during a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Pelosi and the Democratic governor told hundreds of union members at a Manhattan rally Tuesday that New Yorkers can play a key role in returning the House of Representatives to Democratic control.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, D-Calif, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appear together on stage during a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. Pelosi and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) © The Associated Press House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, D-Calif, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appear together on stage during a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. Pelosi and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Cuomo said New York's Republican Congress members don't represent the state's interests. He called them "political pawns of the ultra-conservative puppet masters in Washington."

A sign reading "We need care not chaos" is held up at a rally coordinated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. The politicians are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) © The Associated Press A sign reading "We need care not chaos" is held up at a rally coordinated by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. The politicians are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

While it's not uncommon for Democrats to criticize Republicans, Cuomo's remarks come amid speculation that he may seek the White House in 2020.

The audience cheers as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) © The Associated Press The audience cheers as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

State Republican Chairman Ed Cox, who's a son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon, says Cuomo only cares about his national ambitions.

Actor John Leguizamo, left, is joined by actor Steve Buscemi, as he speak during a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) © The Associated Press Actor John Leguizamo, left, is joined by actor Steve Buscemi, as he speak during a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in New York. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Cuomo says he'll seek a third term.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a rally, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in New York. Cuomo and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are hoping to increase the number of congressional seats held by the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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