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Cynthia Nixon Tells Cuomo to 'Stop Lying' During Heated Debate

UPDATE: Mayor Bill de Blasio called out Gov. Cuomo for suggesting during tonight's debate that the state doesn't run the MTA.



As expected, the New York Democratic primary debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon on Wednesday was a scorcher. The two battled over everything from health care and public unions, to the state of the New York subway system.

That last topic produced some heated exchanges like this:

“Can you stop interrupting,” Cuomo asked.

“Can you stop lying,” Nixon responded.

“As soon as you do,” Cuomo said.

The bickering continued:

“The state can’t fund the MTA without the city” Cuomo said. “If the city does 50-50, I will do it.”

“Talk about so many lies,” Nixon repeated.

At one point, Cuomo suggested that Nixon lived in a world of “fiction rather than facts.” While she has a history of advocating on behalf of progressive issues, the governor has enacted real change, he said.

“The government is not about politics, it’s not about advocacy; it’s about doing," Cuomo said. "It’s about management. This is real life."

“Experience doesn’t mean that much if you’re not actually good at governing,” Nixon quipped.


The former "Sex and the City" actress also called Cuomo "corrupt" on occasion.

“We already have a corrupt corporate Republican in the White House,” Nixon said. “We don’t need a corrupt corporate Democrat in Albany as his main opposition.”

Apparently the sparks were flying online as well, with Cuomo's team mocking Nixon on Twitter.

This will be the only debate between Cuomo and Nixon. The gubernatorial primary will be held Sept. 13.

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