October 7th, 2010
06:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Paladino to Cuomo: 'debate like a man'

(CNN) - In a new ad , New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino accused Democratic candidate and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of excluding "the only African- American candidate, the only woman candidate and the Green Party candidate," from the gubernatorial race and challenged Cuomo to "come out and debate like a man."

Cuomo's spokesman Josh Vlasto hit back following Paladino's commercial.

"We have accepted a debate hosted by Newsday featuring all candidates, as requested by Carl, and it is Carl who has thus far declined," Vlasto said in a statement Thursday. "Just when you thought he couldn't get any lower, Carl once again debased himself and the entire political process."

In the three minute spot, which is airing Thursday evening across New York state, Paladino addressed a recent scuffle with a reporter saying it was a defense of his 10-year old daughter.

Paladino struck out at the media regarding questions as to whether or not he is currently having affairs, having previously admitted to a past extramarital relationship.

In a recent interview with Politico Paladino accused Cuomo of having extramarital affairs during his marriage to Kerry Kennedy, but refused to provide proof.

Paladino returned to the subject in his new commercial, saying: "Andrew's prowess is legendary."

Yet after such a striking statement, Paladino then called for the race to "be about bigger issues, not afffairs or divorces," and shifted gears to talk about creating jobs, reforming the state capital and lowering New York's tax rate.

The ad concluded with Paladino's statewide chairwoman Nancy Naples asking donors to send 'emergency contribution[s]" to Paladino's campaign.

Vlasto said he's confident in New Yorkers' decision-making ability.

"Carl Paladino and his handlers can't con New Yorkers. They have seen the real Carl and they know he is unfit to be Governor with his unstable outbursts, smears, and total lack of substance," Vlasto said.

"New Yorkers don't need his dysfunctional personality in Albany – Albany is dysfunctional enough As we all know by now, Carl has a casual relationship with the truth."

Recent polling has Cuomo with a 24 point lead over Paladino - 56 to 32 percent among likely voters.

Filed under: 2010 • Andrew Cuomo • Carl Paladino • New York
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. La Piovra

    "¿¡Debate like a man!?" Does Paladino mean strap on the boxing gloves? Damn, I wish Paladino were debating Alan Grayson!

    October 7, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Jake

    Let 'em go head to head in a cage fight if he wants it to be manly.

    October 7, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. gb0423

    debate like a man or I will hit you with a bat!

    October 7, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. George of the jungle

    They keep sending these nut jobs and there are plenty of people to vote for them. The world must think we arre a bunch of thugs. Vote all repos out in November Go forward not backwards.

    October 7, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. roro

    If Paladino thinks he is an example of a man, I feel nothing but pity for the females in his life.

    October 7, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I hope after November we never have to listen to this guy again!

    October 7, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. D. Bunker

    Why would Cuomo want to debate a lunatic? It's like the old saying goes: Never getting into a wrestling match with a pig. You'll only get dirty and the pig likes it.

    October 7, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. they call me "tater salad"

    Lock me in a room with this Paladino tough guy for five minutes and I'll use every last one of 'em lighting his ass up like a Christmas tree..........Guy's a total clown!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Clwyd

    So what will Paladino do if Cuoma doesn't ? Beat him up? He seems to be real good at attacks! Just the kind of candidate the repulsive republicans would run for office. Just more crazies!

    October 7, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Tony

    Why is this thug Paladino being given any serious notice in this campaign.

    The Republi(k)an party should disavow this nutbug, along with Angle, O'Donnell, Paul and Rubio. In spite of what the press would have us believe, most Americans are not teabaggers, nor do we subscribe to their radical right wing views that would have us throw out the constitution and champion "states rights". And for the record "states rights" was the argument used to fight civil rights, and most Americans are not bigotted either.

    They will never regain a majority by running candidates like these.

    October 7, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Seattle Sue

    Watch out people Paladino might take you out if he does not get his way.

    October 7, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Be careful Cuomo, Paladino might have plans to "take you out", just watch your back and make sure he "takes out" the reporter first.

    October 7, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. T'SAH from Virginia

    PalaSTINKo lost!! New Yorkers are very aggressive but not that aggressive. Besides, New Yorkers like to keep that to themselves and PalaSTINKo brought it to light!!! I'm not going to get too negative with PalaSTINKo because he might 'take me out'!!!

    My fellow DEMOCRATS in NY – Vote for Cuomo and keep NY and the EAST SIDE Blue111

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 7, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  14. one voice

    What does He want, A SHOT OUT AT THE O.K CORRAL? LOL What a CLOWN

    October 7, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  15. one voice

    Cuomo in a debate would run circles around this wanna be political thug. Tell the truth and say you want to PUT A PLUG IN HIM.

    October 7, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  16. todd

    i like this palidano guy, hes a mans man!. Not no wussified libral weenie!

    October 7, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. u2canfail

    Mr. I will take you out?

    October 7, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |