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Deadline Passes Without Answer from Cuomo Camp on TWC News Debate

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It looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not debate his primary challenger Zephyr Teachout on Time Warner Cable News next week.

TWC News had asked the Cuomo campaign to respond by Thursday to an invitation to a debate next Tuesday.

Cuomo unsuccessfully sought to kick Teachout off the primary ballot by challenging her residency.

Teachout says not debating is a missed opportunity for New York voters.

“A governor should be proud of his record. And it’s not a disrespect to me, it’s a disrespect to the Democrats and the primary voters in New York not to have a debate. It’s a basic expectation of politics. It’s where we get to show our differences," Teachout said.

The New York Times editorial board yesterday endorsed Teachout’s running mate Tim Wu for lieutenant governor. They say his opponent Kathy Hochul's record on various issues is "troubling." Hochul is firing back, but Wu says this is great news.

“We’re excited. We’re enthusiastic. It’s been a big shot in the arm, I’d say for the campaign," Wu said.

“The voters are the ones who matter. That’s the lesson I learned from my previous experiences with endorsements," Hochul said.

Hochul released an online video yesterday defending her Democratic stance on issues like immigration, campaign finance reform and health care.

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