Watch the Best Moments of Mario Cuomo’s Famous 1984 Speech
He was and is right.
The late former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo’s most famous speech was his keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. It became famous for its criticism of the severe disparity between the rich and poor living in different parts of the U.S., with Cuomo mocking then President Ronald Reagan’s reference to America as a “shining city on a hill.”
“In this part of the city there are more poor than ever. More families in trouble, more and more people who need help but can’t find it,” Cuomo declared. “Mr. President, you ought to know that this nation is more ‘a tale of two cities’ than it is just a ‘shining city on a hill.”
Cuomo’s speech on equality was known for its attack on Reagan’s laissez-faire economic policies as much as it was for its defense of the poor.
“Maybe Mr. President if you asked a woman who had…
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