Teachout on Cuomo debate: ‘It’s certainly his decision’

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Zephyr Teachout. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
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Zephyr Teachout scoffed at Governor Andrew Cuomo's latest explanation for why he has yet to accept an invitation to debate her before next month's Democratic primary.

"My campaign will be talking to my rivals’ campaigns and they’ll figure it out I’m sure," Cuomo said earlier today.

Presented with that quote after a press conference this afternoon, Teachout asked, "Does anybody take that seriously?"

"This is finally Andrew Cuomo's decision. If he avoids responsibility it suggests again an abdication of the basic roles of leadership. Part of leadership is making your own decisions. It's certainly his decision whether or not to debate," she said.

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Teachout said she'd let reporters know if his campaign reached out to hers.

"We're expecting—we're hoping to hear from him in the next day, and we're certainly planning for a debate next Tuesday," she said. "I hope all New York voters will get to see the wide-open debate that they are very hungry for next Tuesday."