Cuomo, Nixon exchange blows in tense primary debate

Oscar Cross
August 30, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will face his Democratic Party primary challenger, former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon, Wednesday night in a debate.

When asked about the claims that the governor likes cold rooms, Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for Cuomo, claimed that they were false.

The debate was lively as Nixon and Cuomo threw jabs at each other, though both remained civil throughout the course of the evening.

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

The debate, just over two weeks before the September 13 gubernatorial primary, may have been Nixon's best opportunity to convince voters she has a chance of upsetting Cuomo. "The fact that the governor broke his promises to so many progressives is a big part of why she is running".

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.

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


Cuomo has been considered a possible presidential contender. Pressed on her plan to bring universal health care to NY, she spent 90 seconds walking through its potential fiscal impact.

She said Tuesday that she had yet to hear back from WCBS-TV regarding the room temperature.

"I do work to protect workers and to give rights to workers, and paid family leave is one of the things that does it", said Cuomo.

"This time we were finally given the opportunity to debate but only by his rules, including no handshake", Nixon's spokesperson said.

Cynthia Nixon is no stranger to the stage, but she's never before had a platform quite like this. Nixon sketched out a future where, while paying higher taxes, New Yorkers could get universal health care, higher wages and criminal justice reform, starting with legalized marijuana.

Nixon disagreed, responding, "You stood up to him about as well as he stood up to Putin".

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