Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo attended last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. We knew that was going to happen because it was on his official public schedule.
While he wasn’t on the Obama campaign’s official post-debate spin room team, Cuomo made a surprise appearance in the room after the event where he lauded the president’s performance and avoided talking about US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (barred by her position from participating in politics and so not present in Hempstead), who might block his own widely speculated 2016 White House bid.
Along with his spin room comments, Cuomo released the following statement shortly before midnight last night:
“The second debate was clearly a decisive victory for President Obama.”
“He demonstrated he has an effective record as commander in chief, presented a real plan for moving America’s economy forward, and provided a stark contrast to Mitt Romney’s endorsement of the same failed ideas that led us into this fiscal crisis in the first place.”
“New Yorkers and all Americans were given a clear choice in this debate for our nation’s future and the President’s performance has made it an easy choice.”
It was a tense and aggressive debate that almost became physical, with clipped exchanges, a number of one-liners delivered by both candidates and tangles with the moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley, over time restraints.
The general consensus in punditland seems to be that Obama turned in a far stronger performance last night and did what he needed to do to turn around his weak showing in Denever, but didn’t deliver a complete TKO to Romney.
John Harris and Jonathan Martin wrote: “Obama showed again Tuesday that he’s far more voluble about Romney’s vulnerabilities than he is making the case for his own record.”
Ditto, says the NYT editorial page, which praised Obama’s debate comeback, saying he left Romney “sputtering with half-answers, deceptions and one memorable error,” though it would have liked to hear more about the president’s plans for the next four years.
On “Morning Joe” today, Time’s Mark Halperin said Obama’s failure to lay out his agenda for a second term is “where his weakest.”
That one moment was when Romney really slipped and did himself some real damage. It will likely haunt him – that is, until the next debate on Monday in Boca Raton, Fla.
The binder did actually exist, but apparently Romney didn’t ask for it to be created as he claimed last night; a number of women leaders in Massachusetts put it together on their own accord.
Here’s the full debate transcript.
Romney (sorta) name-dropped UAlbany.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested outside the debate locale.
The Washington Post’s Jason Horowitz (a NY Observer vet) gets props for his un-boring presidential pool reports during debate day.
In non-presidential debate news…
Cuomo will be in New York City today. At 10 a.m., he’ll deliver remarks at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park dedication ceremony.
YNN and NY1 are co-hosting a US Senate debate at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs tonight between Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long. I will be co-moderating with “Inside City Hall” host Errol Louis. The debate will air statewide at 7 p.m.
Cuomo said he won’t even consider a legislative pay raise in a post-election special session unless the “people’s business” is being done by legislators.
That would include a minimum wage increase and decriminalization of possession of small amounts of pot, among other things that were on Cuomo’s to-do list this year but didn’t pass before lawmakers left town in June.
Outside groups are on track to spend at least $2 million on three key state Senate races in Queens, Westchester and Rochester that could decide who controls the chamber for the next two years.
Mayor Bloomberg is poised to endorse the GOP candidate in one of those races: Bob Cohen. (The mayor, who recently contributed $1 million to the Senate GOP, backed Cohen in 2010, too).
Rep. Kathy Hochul and former Erie County Executive Chris Collins debated last night, too, focusing on some of the same issues – taxes, healthcare, the economy – that dominated the exchange in Hofstra.
Bob McCarthy’s assessment: “We had two gladiators in there…two seasoned politicians” who both scored “very well.”
Hochul both out-raised and out-spent Collins during the last three-month quarter.
Rep. Louise Slaughter and Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks have raised a combined $3 million in NY-25.
Monroe County voters have received multiple harassing phone calls from people purporting to be from Ted O’Brien’s state Senate campaign. O’Brien’s GOP opponent, Assemblyman Sean Hanna, says he has nothing to do with the calls.
A coalition of upstate mayors is debating whether to push for changes to state labor law that would give fiscally troubled cities more negotiating leverage with public-safety unions before binding arbitration.
Newly released documents in the ongoing federal investigation into NYC Comptroller John Liu’s fund-raising seem to reveal excerpts of conversations in which his voice was captured on wiretaps.
NYC’s tourism agency, NYC & Company, plans to open a promotional office in Mexico City.
A draft audit obtained by the TU found millions of dollars were misspent, mishandled or misused by the SUNY Research Foundation.
There’s a fight over student voting regulations underway in the Hudson Valley.
Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower was the highest paid local employee in New York in the last fiscal year, earning $321,719.
Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings signaled he’s open to rethinking the plans for the long-debated downtown convention center, calling it “unrealistic” to continue to believe the state will pick up the $220 million price tag.
Jewish groups have been granted a temporary stay of enforcement pushing back by three weeks a NYC Department of Health regulation that would force rabbis to obtain written permission before performing a controversial circumcision practice known as metzitzah b’peh.
NYRA wants five of its current board to continue as trustees in a new publicly controlled group of directors to oversee the state’s three tracks for the next three years.
RIP ASsemblyman James Conte.
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