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Mario Cuomo’s Top ‘Meet The Press’ Moments

Image: FILE: Former Governor Mario Cuomo Dies At 82

FILE - JANUARY 01, 2015: According to reports, Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York State, has died at the age of 82 at home in Manhattan on New Years Day on January 1, 2015 in New York City. NEW YORK - MAY 11: Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo looks on as NBC's Tim Russert speaks at an Association for a Better New York (ABNY) breakfast May 11, 2004 in New York City. Russert's new book Big Russ & Me chronicles life lessons taught to him by his father. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Mario Tama / Getty Images

Three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday at age 82, appeared on “Meet The Press” eleven times throughout his political career. Nine of those appearances were with his former counsel turned show moderator Tim Russert.

Each of his appearances represented a different point in his political life, from heavily talked about potential presidential candidate to Democratic surrogate to tenacious defender of liberalism.

From Cuomo’s first appearance in 1985 to his last in 2005, the unapologetic defender of liberalism never restrained himself when defending his beliefs and never backed down from a political debate.

Here’s a look at Cuomo’s top moments on Meet The Press:

"You'll never hear me say, 'Read my lips.'"

Much to the dismay of many Democrats, Cuomo heavily considered running for president in both 1988 and 1992. He was asked about it many times during his appearance on "Meet The Press" in the 1980s and early 1990s. He had this to say to NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell in 1990:

Cuomo on MTP: 'You'll Never Hear Me Say, Read My Lips' 0:27

After neglecting to run twice, Cuomo told Russert ahead of the Democratic convention in 1992 that he had no regrets:

Cuomo on Not Running for President 'I don’t regret it' 0:24

"Any jackass can kick down a barn, it takes a good man or woman to build one."

Asked by journalist Al Hunt whether Democrats can gain a political advantage from the savings and loans crisis under President George H.W. Bush, Cuomo expressed his frustration with the never-ending political jockeying in Washington.

Cuomo on MTP: Any Jackass Can Kick Down a Barn 0:49

"If it's legal and not sinful."

The often outspoken governor made clear he would not make a good running mate.

Cuomo Would Do Anything to Help Dems: 'If It's Legal and Not Sinful’ 0:23

"I'll make sure I use small words [for Dan Quayle]"

Cuomo proved ahead of his speech as the 1992 Democratic convention just why he may not be VP a material:

Cuomo on MTP: ‘I'll Make Sure I Use Small Words [for Dan Quayle]’ 0:16

"Our law has to be more intelligent than I am."

Cuomo appeared on "Meet The Press" ahead of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's execution. The Roman Catholic, who sometimes clashed with the church, defended his anti-death penalty position.

Cuomo on MTP: ‘Our Law Has to Be More Intelligent Than I Am’ 0:58