Nixon Challenges Cuomo to Prime Time Debate

ALBANY (AP) -

Cynthia Nixon on Monday accepted an invitation to participate in a prime-time live-broadcast debate ahead of the Democratic primary for governor in September, and issued a challenge to her opponent, incumbent Andrew Cuomo, to accept likewise.

Nixon released a video announcing she was challenging Cuomo to a one-on-one debate that WABC plans to broadcast. The liberal activist noted that four years ago Cuomo refused one-on-one debates, only accepting a single debate with other minor candidates.

“So, what’s it going to be, Andrew?” Nixon said. “Just you and me, on a stage. No huge multi-candidate free-for-all like you always insist on. One-on-one. No distractions and nowhere to hide. Your move.”

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said campaign staffers were receiving invitations to debates and were “reviewing the various opportunities.”

But the campaign said that Cuomo will not have a redo of 2014 when he refused to debate his primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout.