Andrew Cuomo Battles Cynthia Nixon Over NY Subways in Fiery Gov Debate

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to debate gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon in Long Island on Wednesday night

State politics are not usually an interesting ordeal in NY, but tonight's primary debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidates Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo should offer an intriguing window into the national temperature, politically speaking.

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".

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

"Can you stop lying?", Nixon retorted.

Andrew Cuomo debated actress and activist Cynthia Nixon Wednesday night ahead of their Democratic gubernatorial primary next month. "The fact that the governor broke his promises to so many progressives is a big part of why she is running". "The only caveat is if God strikes me dead", he said, "otherwise I will serve all four years as governor of NY".

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. She accused him of empowering Republicans in Albany and not doing enough to address political corruption, income inequality or New York City's aging subways.

She said Tuesday that she had yet to hear back from WCBS-TV regarding the room temperature. "Working men and women don't have corporations", Cuomo said.

At one point, moderator Marcia Kramer told Nixon her time was up.

Cuomo added that the "only caveat is if God strikes me dead. The most aggressive state program in the United States of America", said Cuomo.

"CBS was very frank with us that they really didn't have a choice - that these were his demands and if they were not acceded to, he wouldn't show up", said Nixon.

Cuomo also attempted to portray himself as an example to Democrats of strong opposition to Trump. 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.

Kramer reminded Nixon again her time was up.

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

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