August 13, 2018 Press Release

Statement on WCBS Debate

After Months of Delaying, Governor Cuomo Finally Agrees to Debate Cynthia — His First 1-on-1 Debate in 12 Years

New York, NY – In response to news that Governor Cuomo’s campaign has agreed to participate in a debate hosted by WCBS, Cynthia for New York senior advisor Rebecca Katz has released the following statement agreeing to the debate:

“Nearly 100 days ago, Cynthia agreed to a debate hosted by WABC. Since then, she has also agreed to a debate hosted by NY1. Governor Cuomo has agreed to neither, and never so much as negotiated with either station.

“Now, we are hearing that Cuomo has agreed to participate in a debate hosted by WCBS, with the format and all of the details negotiated in advance, then presented to our campaign on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.

“The result: a debate at Andrew Cuomo’s chosen location and TV station, in his preferred format, with a favorable audience, and on a date in the last week of August when a minimum of New Yorkers will be watching.

“CBS management has acknowledged that the only way to get Governor Cuomo to show up is by giving him everything he wants. We weren’t even given a seat at the table.

“We understand this isn’t a level playing field. It hasn’t been since the very beginning. Nothing is easy when you’re an outsider, and it’s even harder when you’re a woman.

“Cynthia will debate Governor Cuomo backwards and in high heels if she has to.”