NY Gov. Cuomo Turns Down Rick Perry's Debate Offer

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 09:28 AM

By Courtney Coren

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined Texas Gov. Rick Perry's request to debate the economic and job policies of the two states.

"I don't think so," the New York Democrat said, according to Gannett's bureau in Albany, N.Y. "I'll let the numbers speak for themselves. We have start-up zones that are zero tax zones — zero tax for 10 years. I think it makes it the least expensive state in the country to site a business."

"I understand that other states are jealous about what we're doing, but you know, that's what it is," Cuomo added. "What can I tell you?"

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The Texas Republican is in New York this week working to recruit businesses to Texas.

"Yes, I'm here recruiting businesses. I don't shy away from that," Perry told the New York Observer. "But I'm also here to help stimulate a conversation with the people of New York state, the people in New York City, the legislators, the governor."

He reissued his offer to debate the New York governor Wednesday, which he had first made Tuesday.

"I hope he'll seriously consider doing it. I think it would be good for the people of New York and it'd be good for the country,' Perry said.

The two governors are potential 2016 presidential candidates. Perry has been traveling across the country making a pitch for businesses to consider moving to or expanding in the Lone Star State.

Cuomo is seeking re-election in November and has been running ads touting New York's start-up tax-free zones, urging out-of-state businesses to consider coming to the Empire State. Perry said he saw one of the ads and said that they "are really good, by the way."

"But why would you be showing them in New York City? I mean, just curious," he said. "If you were really interested in luring business, you'd be out doing those in Texas or Oklahoma."

Cuomo said that he will not follow Perry's lead and go to Texas to make a pitch to businesses just like Texas governor is doing in New York.

"No, I'm staying here," he said.

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