Cynthia Nixon battles Andrew Cuomo over 'sexist' debate hall temperature

Tonya Becker
August 30, 2018

The debate became heated following a question about New York's MTA, which Nixon said Cuomo had left underfunded.

Nixon attempted to tie Cuomo to the recent conviction of his former top aide, Joe Percoco, on charges that he accepted bribes from companies seeking state economic development funds. His only real defense on the subways, meanwhile, was to insist the city needs to pay its fair share - which doesn't explain how the system fell into crisis on his watch.

Nixon also invoked Trump's name as a reason for why she should be New York's governor, saying "when it comes to opposing Donald Trump in NY state, we already have a corrupt corporate Republican in the White House". He accused her of peddling "fiction, not facts" - an unsubtle reference to her work as an actress - and unloaded from the opposition research file.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. also threw his support behind Cuomo.

"I can get it done", he said.

"Can you stop lying?".

Cuomo repeatedly criticized Nixon over her personal taxes, which shows she collects her acting income through an entity known as an S corporation, which comes with certain tax benefits.

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

Greg Gutfeld said that, if the auditorium is set to 76 degrees as Nixon desires, the crowd "is going to despise her" because the additional body heat from the crowd will likely raise the room temperature into the 80s.

Nixon, the candidate of activists who want to dismantle the conservative wing of the state's Democratic Party, was largely able to deliver that message.

Pool via Getty Images Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes notes during his debate with Democratic rival Cynthia Nixon at Hofstra University on Wednesday. Nixon said she's running her own campaign and isn't taking direction from anyone, while Cuomo said that he wouldn't try to tell the mayor how to vote.

"And you're a corporation", Cuomo said smiling. To this, Nixon, accusing Cuomo of diverting money from the transit budget to other things, produced her best zinger of the night.

Cuomo, who has advertised several leftward policy shifts since Nixon began threatening to run, responded sometimes by saying he was already achieving what she proposed, and sometimes saying she would leave voters ruined.

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