Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo to square off in hotly anticipated debate

30 August, 2018, 11:54 | Author: Kristine Mills
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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.

"My opponent lives in the world of fiction, I live in the world of fact", Cuomo said of Nixon at one point, apparently referring to her experience as an actress.

Rich Barrabi reporting from Hofstra University.

"Can you stop lying?", Nixon retorted.

Polls have Cuomo at a comfortable lead, but debates have been known to shake things up.

A statement posted to Nixon's website said that "CBS management has acknowledged that the only way to get Governor Cuomo to show up is by giving him everything he wants", and that in the lead-up to the debate, they "weren't even given a seat at the table".

She attacked on many fronts including health care, corruption, education and the city's subway system.

During the debate, Cuomo promised that he would serve the full four-year term if re-elected and not seek a White House bid in 2020.

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"As soon as you do..."

After accusing the debate host, WCBS-TV, of being too acquiescent to Cuomo's demands ahead of the debate, Rebecca Katz called for the event hall at Hofstra University on Long Island to be 76 degrees, the New York Times reported.

As a political ingenue who has not held office at any level before, she represents an audacious, if outside, threat to establishment figure Cuomo who has powerful standing in the party.

"I said I would not run against him, because he is not corrupt like you are", said Nixon.

Hours before the debate, it emerged that Cuomo ordered the NY attorney general's office to halt an investigation into whether Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. mishandled 2015 allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein after the governor received $25,000 from the firm representing the disgraced Hollywood mogul. In their statement, the campaign said that "Cynthia will debate Governor Cuomo backwards and in high heels if she has to".

"No one has stood up to Donald Trump the way I have", he said.

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". The victor faces Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in the November election.

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