Gibson, R-Kinderhook , went on “The Cats Round Table” on Sunday, a New York City-based political show hosted by John Catsimatidis, a billionaire supermarket and oil magnate who lost a Republican bid for New York City mayor in 2013.
In the interview, Gibson joined the growing chorus of GOP opposition against President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran to restrict the country’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. He said he has “grave concerns” in regards to verification and what Iran would to with extra money if the sanctions were lifted.
“We should reject this agreement,” Gibson said. “We should continue the pressure of sanctions.”
Gibson also gave some of his most expansive views so far of what he would do if he ran for governor. Gibson won a third term in Congress last November and soon after getting sworn in announced that he would not seek a fourth, at the same time saying he is exploring a run for statewide office in 2018, widely speculated to be governor.
Along with saying that he was sticking to his promise of term limits, Gibson said one of the reasons he decided not to run again for Congress is that he would need a full two years to overcome the state’s large Democratic enrollment edge to win a statewide race. He said he has not made a final decision to run for statewide office yet but is “looking very seriously” at it.
Gibson said Albany needs a “new direction” in regards to education and economic growth and criticized Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Safe Act gun control law. Gibson said not enough has been done in New York with regards to gun violence in the area of mental health which “makes communities less safe” and that he would “blaze a new path” in that area if he were governor.
“I don’t think the Safe Act makes us safer,” Gibson said.
Gibson said if he was governor he would promise to only run a certain amount of times and call for term-limit legislation.
“I would ask the Legislature to send me legislation that would codify that,” Gibson said.
The 19th Congressional District includes all of Ulster and Sullivan counties. It also includes Schoharie, Greene, Delaware, Columbia and Otsego counties, most of Rensselaer and Dutchess and parts of Montgomery and Broome counties. Gibson is a retired U.S. Army colonel.