Gubernatorial Reactions

“As we have seen tonight, New Yorkers have a clear choice on Election Day," campaign spokesman Josh Vlasto said in a press release. "There are serious challenges facing our State and New York needs a governor with real experience and a proven ability to bring people together and get things done. Andrew Cuomo is the only candidate with a real plan to make government work for the people of New York – and the ability to make it happen.”

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Jimmy McMillan
"To be honest with you I was cool as hell. Even with my gloves on I was freezing!" gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan said to The Observer on Tuesday. "Everything goes so fast- they put that little yellow light on and you have to make your point. So I thought to myself: “I’m a karate expert and a musician: I have 15 seconds. Now its time for the humorous Jimmy McMillan to come out....I used my humor to get my message out. And I got every person on that stage to say the rent is too damn high- it worked.”

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"I think there’s a question now: there’s a question of whether Carl Paladino’s going to get second place," Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Warren Redlich said to The Observer. "I think he was polling at 25% before the debate and I don’t think he picked up any votes last night...All the other candidates are left of Cuomo so now I’m the only person that appeals to the center and the right. Is it really Cuomo vs Paladino or is it Cuomo vs Redlich?...I think I did okay, its not that I think I did so great or anything, I think I got stronger as the debate went on."

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"I think I won the debate, I showed everybody that I had the substance," said Charles Barron, Freedom Party candidate. "Paladino, he might as well retire. Cuomo was so scripted, he’s also going to lay people off, attack the unions- he’s a cowardly political coward...I think I presented myself as the only one that passed the budget, that passed any legislation. None of them have passed a city budget or any legislation."

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"I think it went well," Kristin Davis, Anti-Prohibition party candidate, told The Observer. "I’m obviously happy that all of the candidates were included...I think everybody there was there with their specific goals and I think that Cuomo did quite well, he’s a political expert, he’s a career politician and it’s something he’s been doing for years, so he’s quite skilled at delivery. Paladino: not so well, we probably wanted something a little more fireworks from him, he was a little lackluster. McMillan provided some fun- he can definitely say that he stayed on message. You have to give credit to him and the Green Party candidate where what they’re doing is advocating for a cause, so it shows how important that issue is to him."

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"The media coverage was not very good because it was focused on a kind of an American Idol review- who was the most outlandish- and didn’t focus on the serious issues that we face. And some of us tried to address those issues," said Green party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins. "I don’t think [Andrew Cuomo] won that many votes and I don’t think he lost that many either, although I think some of his progressive Democrats might have come over to me when they saw how conservative he really is...Whether we actually win the office or not we’re going to keep pushing our agenda after the election, win or lose, we will keep pushing."

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"The people of New York got a closer look at career Albany politician Andrew Cuomo last night, and I don't think they liked what they saw," Carl Paladino said in a press release Tuesday. "The other candidates for governor discussed their solutions for our dying state, but Andrew sat back and wallowed in platitudes." Rather than comment on his own successes or failures at Monday's debate, Paladino suggested that more debates be added to the schedule before the Nov. 2 elections. "Last night I talked to a few of the other candidates and we agree: there needs to be more debates, and at least one upstate. I want to invite all candidates to my hometown of Buffalo - one of America's most suffering cities - to debate issues important to upstate residents."

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