Cynthia Nixon Tells Cuomo to 'Stop Lying' During Heated Debate

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30 August, 2018

Asked why she was running and what in her background would give voters confident she could run the state, Nixon reminded the crowd that she is a life-long New Yorker and touted her activist background, organizing rallies and meeting with legislatures for public school funding, as well as working for a group that "laid the groundwork for marriage equality" in NY.

Andrew Cuomo and Democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon had more than one testy exchange during their only gubernatorial primary debate Wednesday night. The biggest question heading in, given his considerable apparent lead, is whether Cuomo can sit tight - the pair will both be seated for the duration - and steer clear of any comment or confrontation that might throw him off course.

Cuomo's campaign said it did not know what the temperature would be and accused the Nixon campaign of thriving "on paranoia and melodrama" while Cuomo is "focused on having a substantive, in-depth discussion about the issues facing New York". "His goal will be to make no news".

"The Five" reacted Tuesday to the Nixon camp's claim, ahead of the WCBS debate at Hofstra University.

Nixon's campaign seized on the moment, tweeting out a graphic emblazoned with her response. Nixon has not run a single television ad, instead spending primarily on digital outreach and voter turnout efforts.

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.

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"Can you stop lying?", Nixon retorted. In another, she says: "Governor Cuomo's agenda, it's incredibly progressive and it's incredibly forward thinking".

Cynthia Nixon speaks at the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate, August 29, 2018, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

"The MTA has been controlled by the state since 1965", Nixon snapped back. Cuomo later said the remark was "inartful". He is attacking everything we believe in NY.

"I am a person", said Nixon, to applause.

"This time we were finally given the opportunity to debate but only by his rules, including no handshake", Nixon's spokesperson said. "The most aggressive state program in the United States of America", said Cuomo.

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