NEW YORK (AP) - Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wasted no time linking Republican challenger Marc Molinaro to the policies of President Donald Trump in the only debate between the gubernatorial candidates before next month's general election.
Cuomo, seeking a third term, on Tuesday repeatedly connected Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, to Trump, calling them both "extreme" and saying their policies are "reprehensible."
Molinaro reiterated his criticism of Cuomo for his handling of the state's economy, saying he let state spending increase. He also criticized his administration for corruption.
On the issue of the cost of living in New York State, Cuomo placed blamed on soaring property taxes and credited as a fix his implementation of a 2% property tax cap. Molinaro pointed blame at Cuomo, saying New York State forces too much state spending on to local taxpayers.
The two also talked about soaring healthcare costs and the Affordable Care Act.
“The state of New York has a hard enough time getting the trains to run effectively in the city,” Marc Molinaro said. “To put the governor of the state government in charge of healthcare would be frightening.”
Cuomo attempted to align Molinaro with President Trump.
“He’s with Mr. Trump. There should only be healthcare for rich people,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of President Trump. “He [Molinaro] voted against the healthcare exchange when he was in the New York State Legislature, which insures 4 million New Yorkers.”
Tuesday's debate at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City was to be broadcast at 7 p.m. on CBS affiliates around the state, including CBS-Utica.
It didn't include the three third-party candidates: Libertarian Larry Sharpe, Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins and independent ex-Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.