Cynthia Nixon and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Get Intense During Debate

Cynthia Nixon and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Get Intense During Debate

Cuomo is the heavy favorite to win a third term in the September 13 primary against political newcomer Nixon, who trails Cuomo in every public poll, according to The Washington Post. Nixon, who had never before run for any office - and who trails Cuomo in every public poll - began on the attack, saying that the governor was a "corporate, corrupt Democrat", a line she had used on the trail.

"Excuse me, can you stop interrupting", Cuomo exclaimed. The Cuomo campaign said it was unaware of what temperature the room would be.

The two expressed the need to fix New York City's subway system which has been plagued with delays. According to Nixon aide Rebecca Katz, CBS were "very frank" in admitting that if they didn't accede to Cuomo's list of requests for the debate "he wouldn't show up".

"The governor of NY is not a job about politics, it's not about activism", he said.

At one point, Cuomo suggested that Nixon lived in a world of "fiction rather than facts".

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said that Nixon failed to offer any solutions for suburban voters.

"Yeah, as soon as you do", Cuomo responded.

Cuomo told Nixon. "Can you stop interrupting?"

It didn't take long for Cuomo to shift the conversation to his differences with President Donald Trump. Pressed about the conviction earlier this year of Joseph Percoco, one of Cuomo's top aides, on three charges related to a bribery conspiracy, the governor called it a "painful situation" and "personally hard situation for his family".

Over the next hour, the governor surprised Nixon by going negative, ripping into his challenger as a phony who concealed her tax records (she has not) and would run the state into debt-driven chaos.

Cuomo laid out a series of reforms he said the state should adopt to deal with Albany corruption.

"What I would say is that we're not talking about children smoking marijuana", she said. Cuomo asked at one point Wednesday night, prompting cheers from union workers in the crowd. "Working men and women don't have corporations", Cuomo said.

Cuomo continued to call Nixon "a corporation" before she said: 'I am a person'. The legislation, which Cuomo has refused to back, has thrice passed in the Assembly but failed to come up for a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.