Was there any chance Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New “give us your money” York, would actually take Texas Governor Rick Perry up on his offer to debate economic policy? Probably not, but that didn’t keep Perry from issuing the challenge:
“I’d love to sit down with the governor (Cuomo) and have a public conversation, a debate, whatever format each of us would like to work in,” Perry said Tuesday on WGDJ-AM, Albany.
However, Governor Cuomo politely declined the request:
Stand down, policy wonks and 2016 watchers. A proposed debate between two potential presidential candidates doesn’t appear to be in the works.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he isn’t likely to entertain a debate with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a day after the Republican challenged Cuomo, a Democrat, to a public forum on their economic policies.
“I don’t think so,” Cuomo said with a slight grin when asked whether he would accept Perry’s challenge.
This is a debate I would have paid money to see. At one podium, a man who has overseen a state with some of the strongest economic growth during the past ten years. At the other podium, a man overseeing a state which is literally losing congressional seats as the population flees a growth-averse tax and regulatory environment. I think we can go ahead and call this one based on the mercy rule.