Cuomo completely flopped in the Democratic debate

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Cuomo promised that, if re-elected, he would not run for president in 2020 and would remain governor. "Which section of the sentence is worse?"

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.

Cuomo's campaign denies making any requests regarding room temperature for the debate.

"Can you stop lying?", Nixon retorted.

Mr Cuomo asked Ms Nixon several times to stop cutting him off.

The two battled over everything from health care and public unions, to the state of the NY subway system. "It's about management. This is real life".

Both candidates voiced their displeasure with President Donald Trump.

Hours before the debate, it emerged that Cuomo ordered the NY attorney general's office to halt an investigation into whether Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. mishandled 2015 allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein after the governor received $25,000 from the firm representing the disgraced Hollywood mogul.

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Cuomo also cited Trump as part of the reason he won't run for President in 2020, saying, "But part of the largest threat [to New York] today is President Trump". "He is trying to change the rights and the values of New Yorkers and the first line of defense is NY and the governor leads that fight". Statewide universal health care, he said, "reminds me of the story of the doctor who says, if you survive the operation, you're going to have a long, healthy life". He has to be stopped. "We need to oppose Donald Trump not just with rhetoric but with policy".

Andrew Cuomo dodged corruption accusations at the first and only televised debate before the state's Democratic primary next month as Cynthia Nixon, his progressive challenger, struggled to highlight their policy differences at Wednesday's fiery faceoff. Nixon herself told Refinery29 "I'll debate the governor in a parka if I have to because the people of NY deserve a debate, and insurgent, female candidates have a right to make their voices heard".

Cuomo said: 'My opponent, as a corporate donor to the mayor, called the mayor's office for special favors for her friends'.

Cuomo touted his work on rebuilding New York City's airports, the new Mario Cuomo bridge, rebuilding New York City's Penn Station, as well as expanding the city's convention center, the Javitz Center.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in NY by more than 2-1.

"We now have the most aggressive rebuilding program in the state's history". Cuomo said he would cancel next year's fare hike because "the service is not what people deserve".

"You are a corporation", said Cuomo.

Nixon hit Cuomo for the issues plaguing the subway saying "he's had seven and a half years to avoid this very avoidable crisis in our New York City subway and he has done next to nothing".