In debate with Nixon, Cuomo vows to serve full third term

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced off against his opponent Cynthia Nixon Wednesday during the only televised debate before the NY gubernatorial primary election in September.

Nixon, a longtime liberal activist, went after the incumbent early in the debate, calling Cuomo corrupt and a liar.

"I don't even know what you're referring to", Nixon said, to which Cuomo quipped she "should really read the newspapers".

Cuomo swiftly went on the offense, attacking Nixon for filing taxes as a corporation rather than as an individual, a common practice for entertainers.

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.

"I'm not an Albany insider like Governor Cuomo, but experience doesn't mean that much if you're not actually good at governing", she said, referring to the seat of NY government in the state capital.

"He used the MTA like an ATM, and we see the result", she said.

"Can you stop lying?".

"As soon as you do", Cuomo answered.

Cynthia Nixon speaks at the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate, August 29, 2018, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

"She lives in the world of fiction".

During responses for another question regarding moving upstate troopers into New York City, the two candidates pivoted to fighting about how has been more transparent with their tax returns.

"Can you stop interrupting me?"

"Well then, he would be governor", harrumphed Cuomo.

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'Ideally Nixon would have wanted this debate to happen three months ago, ' he said.

If Cuomo can't up his game, there won't be any point in weaseling out of his promise not to join the 2020 presidential race. "How am I with labor?" At one point, he recalled his late father, three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, telling him how "smart people" can do "stupid things".

Nixon campaign senior advisor Rebecca Katz told WCBS-TV that because work environments are "notoriously sexist when it comes to temperature", they "just want to make sure we're all on the same page here". "He is trying to change the rights and the values of New Yorkers and the first line of defense is NY and the governor leads that fight".

"He's had seven-and-a-half-years to avoid this very avoidable crisis in our New York City Subway and he has done next to nothing", Nixon said. Nixon said, plugging the bill mandating 100 percent renewable electricity in the state by 2050. "Workers only strike when they have no other recourse".

"Didn't you allow Republicans to gerrymander their own districts?" "There would be no school, children wouldn't be educated". She advised anyone attending a Cuomo event "take a coat, or maybe a blanket". Her camp is insisting on a summery 76F.

"The most aggressive state program in the United States of America", said Cuomo. "I can get it done", he said.

"Yes", Cuomo said. "Yes, yes and yes".

Cuomo said marijuana use is a "personal decision".

Ms Nixon called Mr Cuomo a corrupt "corporate Democrat" and defended herself as a champion of the poor and of minorities. "Andrew Cuomo came in here as the front-runner, and he left here as the front-runner".

"The government is not about politics, it's not about advocacy; it's about doing", Cuomo said.

Cuomo also attempted to portray himself as an example to Democrats of strong opposition to Trump.

"You stood up to (Trump) about as well as he stands up to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin", Nixon said.

"Today, you have to fight Donald Trump, who is the main risk to the state of New York", Cuomo said.

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