Bill de Blasio: Andrew Cuomo’s Debate Attacks on Cynthia Nixon Were ‘a Little Desperate’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, shakes hands with Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon before their debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.
AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

In an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio described Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s debate attacks on primary opponent Cynthia Nixon as “a little desperate.”

Transcript is as follows:

BRZEZINSKI: Let me ask about another gubernatorial race and that would be in the state of New York, Mr. Mayor. The Democratic primary for governor has gotten kind of spicy. Andrew Cuomo accused Cynthia Nixon of being a phony who concealed her tax returns. I don’t think that’s true. And that she would run the state into a debt-driven chaos. So, I guess two questions. Would Cynthia Nixon be a good governor for the state of New York and are you concerned that the race has gotten too negative?

DE BLASIO: First of all, I have not made a public endorsement in this race and it’s something I’m still looking at. There’s no question in my mind Cynthia Nixon is an extraordinary human being, activist, who’s made a huge impact, particularly in terms of education and fairness for our children. I thought she more than held her own last night in the debate. I thought she got a lot of powerful ideas out and a lot of powerful critiques out. I found some of the governor’s counterpoints a little desperate, honestly. The notion of calling her a corporation, that sounded like the Citizen’s United decision by the Supreme Court that the corporation is a person.

Look, I think the bottom line here is, just like we’ve been talking about, this race is unpredictable here in New York. There’s a lot going on on the ground and there’s a lot of people who are thinking very independently. Anyone who thinks they know where this is going is not watching what’s happening in current politics.


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