Cuomo, Nixon exchange blows in tense primary debate

Toby Graves
August 30, 2018

A debate between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his opponent actress Cynthia Nixon got very heated as they battled for the Democratic primary nomination in the gubernatorial election.

Cuomo, a second-term incumbent, pledged not to run for president in 2020 during the debate at Hofstra University with Nixon, a fellow Democrat who directly and repeatedly challenged Cuomo's record on progressive issues during the hour-long moderated discussion.

Mr Cuomo asked Ms Nixon several times to stop cutting him off.

Cuomo argues he's better qualified to lead the state, but Nixon says he's a political insider who hasn't addressed corruption or New York City's aging subways. On Wednesday afternoon, his campaign unveiled a new ad - which it says will air during the debate - featuring old clips of Nixon praising the governor before she made a decision to run against him.

"The governor of NY is not a job about politics, it's not about activism", he said.

At one point, Cuomo went as far to call Nixon a corporation.

"No one has stood up to Donald Trump the way I have", he said. "Working men and women don't have corporations", Cuomo said. Asked about making it easier for workers to strike, Nixon said that she meant to empower people who simply wanted fair wages and saw no other resort.

Andrew Cuomo answers a question during a gubernatorial debate with Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon at Hofstra University in Hempstead New York Aug. 29 2018
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"Yes", Cuomo said. "Yes, yes and yes".

"You stood up to him about as well as he stands up to Putin", she said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Katz told the Times that she had not yet had a response from the channel and confirmed that 76 degrees was not an ultimatum, but a suggestion to ensure the temperatures were not too frosty. He has served as governor since 2011.

Nixon attempted to tie Cuomo to the recent conviction of his former top aide, Joe Percoco, on charges that he accepted bribes from companies seeking state economic development funds. The legislation, which Cuomo has refused to back, has thrice passed in the Assembly but failed to come up for a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. "His goal will be to make no news".

"He used the MTA like an ATM and we see the results", Nixon continued on to claps, not yielding the floor.

Kramer reminded Nixon again her time was up.

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