Cuomo and Nixon spar in debate

30 August, 2018, 11:52 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to debate gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in Long Island on Wednesday night

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

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. Two topics in particular got the two trading jabs. immigration and public transportation.

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 went after Cuomo early in the exchange, calling him corrupt and a liar and saying experience doesn't matter if a politician is ineffective. "We have either incompetence or corruption, which is it?" she charged. But Nixon's senior campaign strategist said she is offering the types of solutions for which Democratic voters are asking.

"The only caveat is if God strikes me down", Cuomo said.

"I am a person", Nixon said. "Working men and women don't have corporations", Cuomo said.

Nixon said New Yorkers should vote for her because she was a longtime champion of causes such as abortion access, better funding for schools and equal rights for gay and lesbian people.

Nixon also invoked Trump's name as a reason for why she should be New York's governor, saying "when it comes to opposing Donald Trump in NY state, we already have a corrupt corporate Republican in the White House".

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"Yeah, as soon as you do", said the governor.

"And you're a corporation", Cuomo said smiling.

This was not just about the temperature in one particular room but rather an entire system of air conditioning that creates chauvinistically frigid workplaces.

'You're in charge of fighting terrorism.

On the deteriorating state of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Cuomo stuck to his line blaming New York City for failing to pay its fair share to make repairs.

"He used the MTA like an ATM", she said. The current governor has a long record of government service and had raised almost 50 times more money than Nixon, according to financial disclosures filed last month.

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