Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who supports Cuomo, said that Nixon failed to offer any solutions for suburban voters.
"I am a person", Nixon said. I asked for no favors for friends and I am not a corporate donor to anyone'.
"You stood up to him about as well as he stands up to Putin", she said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. I donate through my own personal funds'.
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".
"This time we were finally given the opportunity to debate but only by his rules, including no handshake", Nixon's spokesperson said.
"The basic dynamic of the race didn't change", says Hofstra political analyst Larry Levy.
Cuomo, who some think could run for president in 2020, said he would not seek out the Oval Office if he was re-elected.
Cuomo had been considered a potential presidential contender.
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Nixon, who starred in the HBO series, "Sex in the City", has hit Cuomo from his left, leaving many to believe that he has responded by lurching farther to the fringe.
Arguments erupted over the degree to which each candidate has opposed President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch group pours almost M into ads to boost three GOP Senate candidates Gillum wins stunner and other takeaways from Arizona, Florida McSally prevails in nasty Arizona GOP Senate primary MORE, New York City's subway system, health care and corruption during the 60-minute debate. 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".
Back in May, Ms. Nixon challenged Mr. Cuomo to multiple debates but Mr. Cuomo has agreed to just this one encounter, with barely two weeks before the primary. "It's about management. This is real life".
"Why, when we have pulled out of the Paris climate accord, why have you not fought for the Climate & Community Protection Act?" You're there in case of fires and floods and emergencies. and today you've got to deal with Donald Trump. "He is trying to change the rights and values of New Yorkers and the first line of defense is NY and the governor leads that fight and you need to know how to do it". 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".
Observers had predicted that Nixon would attempt to rattle the governor in the hopes that he would misspeak.
Cuomo said he's the right person to lead resistance to the Trump administration's policies in NY.
You have either incompetence or corruption.
Cuomo responded by promising "a couple of facts, not that they're all that relevant", and Nixon accused him of dissembling about the state's ownership of the city's transportation system, a perennial cause of argument.
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At Long Island's Hofstra University, the two candidates engaged in an often contentious debate, which included accusations of lying on both sides.
'Ideally Nixon would have wanted this debate to happen three months ago, ' he said.
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. But this was it'.
'Yes, yes, yes and yes, ' he said in response.
Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon engaged in a fiery debate Wednesday evening at Hofstra University where they sparred over President Trump, experience, and infrastructure. Nixon has been a close ally.
At one point, moderator Marcia Kramer told Nixon her time was up. The victor faces Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in the November election.
Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in NY by more than 2-1.
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