Governor’s Debate: Teachout Vs. Astorino

Governor Cuomo won’t debate Zephyr Teachout before the Democratic primary next Tuesday September 9, 2014 (Democrats – don’t forget to vote!) so Rob Astorino and Zephyr Teachout arranged to debate each other to get their thoughts out and open up some discussion on important issues.

Talk show host Brian Lehrer made an interesting comment at the beginning of this program about Governor Cuomo trying to stifle discussion on important issues by refusing to debate. Mr. Lehrer said “my job is to make sure important issues get discussed during election session… If the governor is lying low and refusing to debate in order to minimize discussion as a political strategy, … then I am all for it” (having a debate in another way). I am so glad that Mr. Lehrer and the WNYC 93.9 radio station are willing to help prevent that stifling of discussion from happening!

GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino (L) and Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout debate in the WNYC studios. (Jody Avirgan/WNYC)
GOP Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino (L) and Democratic challenger Zephyr Teachout debate in the WNYC studios. (Jody Avirgan/WNYC)

Listen to the debate here.

The Common Core discussion/education policy begins at approximately the 15 min mark.