Cynthia Nixon challenges NY Gov. Cuomo to debate on live TV

Cynthia Nixon at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016.
Cynthia Nixon at the 2016 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. –Michael Sohn/Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Actor and Democratic candidate for New York governor Cynthia Nixon has accepted an Invitation to participate in a prime-time televised debate with two-time incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon released a video Monday announcing she was challenging Cuomo to a one-on-one TV debate that WABC in New York City plans to broadcast. The “Sex and the City” star is vying with Cuomo in the Democratic Party primary.

Nixon says on the video: “One-on-one. No distractions and nowhere to hide. Your move.”

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said campaign staffers were receiving invitations to debates and were “reviewing the various opportunities.”

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Cuomo participated in one multi-candidate debate for the general election in each of his previous campaigns for governor, in 2010 and 2014.

Nixon, an activist on education and LGBT issues, launched her campaign in March.

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