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Seth Wenig, File, Associated Press
In this Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with news media before marching in the Columbus Day parade in New York. After a hard six months during which he appeared flummoxed by corruption allegations and an embarrassing primary battle, New York’s governor is actively raising his profile, fueling speculation about whether he is already looking beyond his bid for a second term or just trying to run up the score.

ALBANY, N.Y. — With a new book, an appearance on David Letterman and high-profile trips overseas, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is raising his national profile and laying the ground work for what might be an ambitious next political move.

But political observers say he's yet to engage in the kind of political maneuvering of someone planning to run for president.

The increased national exposure comes after a tough six months for the Democrat, who faced a bruising primary and accusations that his administration meddled with a corruption panel.

Now, a seemingly re-energized Cuomo says he is focused on defeating Republican Rob Astorino and winning a second term next month.