Cuomo, Nixon exchange blows in tense primary debate

30 August, 2018, 16:29 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to debate gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in Long Island on Wednesday night

Cuomo, who is seeking his third term as New York Governor, pledged not to run for President against Donald Trump in 2020, instead pledging to serve four full years as governor, if re-elected.

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

Cuomo added that the "only caveat is if God strikes me dead". "I released four more years recently, it's a big nothingburger and that's all he has to say about it", she said.

The President slammed Cuomo on twitter writing "How does a politician, Cuomo, known for pushing people and businesses out of his state, not to mention having the highest taxes in the USA, survive making the statement, WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT?"

Ms Nixon, who began her career as an activist 17 years ago, with a special focus on improving the school system, came equipped with statistics and an array of policy positions on topics like rent control and transit funding.

Months of sparring from afar erupted on stage at Hofstra University on Long Island nearly immediately, as Nixon skewered the two-term governor over his ties to industry, the crumbling New York City subway and his failure to enact the kinds of progressive policies he now claims to support.

Cuomo was responding to Nixon's claim that he "used the MTA like an ATM", when Nixon cut in.

Nixon also hit Cuomo on his experience, saying "I'm not an Albany insider like Governor Cuomo, but I think that experience doesn't mean that much if you're not actually good at governing".

'It's about doing. It's about management. This is real life.

Debate moderator Maurice du Bois asked the governor point blank whether he could promise the people of NY that he would not run for president in 2020.

"Nobody has stood up to Donald Trump like I have", he said at the debate at Hofstra University on Long Island.

Cuomo has been considered a possible presidential contender. "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 has to be stopped. "I can get it done", he said.

United States political novice Cynthia Nixon, known for her role in the TV series "Sex and the City", has squared off against NY governor Andrew Cuomo in a feisty televised debate. "We need to oppose Donald Trump not just with rhetoric but with policy". "He is trying to change the rights and values of New Yorkers and the first line of defense is NY and the governor leads that fight and you need to know how to do it". He touted the state's many lawsuits against the presidents and New York's reputation as being the progressive stalwart in the fight against Trump's agenda.

"The most aggressive state program in the United States of America", said Cuomo.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in NY by more than 2-1.

Cuomo said he's the right person to lead resistance to the Trump administration's policies in NY.

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