Cynthia Nixon and Andrew Cuomo to square off in hotly anticipated debate

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

Nixon and Cuomo squared off Wednesday night - at Hofstra University - in the only debate scheduled before New York's Democratic primary September 13. His attempted hits - mostly efforts to flag that fact she does business as a corporation, plus some reference to lobbying City Hall on behalf of Sarah Jessica Parker, and a very weird charge involving Michael Bloomberg - were too complicated, contrived and obscure.

Identifying key factors of running the state such as fire management and the subway system Cuomo argued that the "main risk to the state of New York" is President Trump, and that the governor "need [s] to know how" to stand on the front lines.

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

"Yes", Cuomo said. "Yes, yes and yes".

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

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

Nixon accused Cuomo of lying multiple times and routinely interrupted the governor during the debate.

"I said I would not run against him, because he is not corrupt like you are", said Nixon.

"My opponent is upset with the Koch brothers because they're the only ones who take more corporate money than she does", said Cuomo, a zinger that made little sense when aimed at Nixon.

It also means Nixon's depiction of Cuomo as the epitome of political double-dealing has to stick.

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Then, when asked for his response, Cuomo said this: "My opponent lives in the world of fiction".

That requires New York Democrats to buy into Nixon's vision of leftist reforms and vote against Cuomo, who is billing himself as the only candidate who can serve as a bulwark against the Trump administration's policies. "We have either incompetence or corruption, which is it?" she charged.

At one point he cited a quote Nixon had given to the New York Times, saying that she might not have run against someone like former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Cuomo said marijuana use is a "personal decision".

Cuomo swiftly went on the offense, attacking Nixon for filing taxes as a corporation rather than as an individual, a common practice for entertainers.

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Cuomo continued to call Nixon "a corporation" before she said: 'I am a person'.

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