"Know me by my enemies," Mr. Cuomo said, pointing to the president's Twitter posts about him. The President has mocked Mr. Cuomo's remark that America is "never so great," which was later revised by Mr. Cuomo.
"No one has contradicted Donald Trump like me," Mr. Cuomo said.
wife. Nixon dismissed the idea completely and tickled, "They did as well to him as he was facing Putin."
Despite his emphasis on Mr. Trump, Mr. Cuomo categorically ruled out the candidacy for the president in 2020.  "The only caveat is when God kills me," said Cuomo, saying that he did not serve a full third term as governor.
But the candidates did not agree on whether public employees should have the right to strike (she's in favor, he's not); Nurse (she's in favor, he said it should be left to the federal government); and Reforming Campaign Financing (both said they were in favor, even though Ms. Nixon said that Mr. Cuomo, as Governor, did not make any reforms and would not do so in a third term).
Both candidates said they were in for a subway fare increase, though they repeatedly blamed on the state of the system, as Mr. Cuomo tried to convince New York City and his mayor, Bill de Blasio, while Mrs. Nixon noted the governor, not the mayor, controls the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She called his argument otherwise "insincere".
"He used the M.T.A. like his A.T.M.," she said.
Behind this, Ms. Nixon was expected to serve as an aggressor, and she spent most of the night. It was Ms. Nixon's first-ever political debate and she provided cutting lines with comfort and ease.