Cynthia Nixon Asked About Running For New York Governor On “Today” Show (VIDEO)

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Cynthia Nixon Governor

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Cynthia Nixon Governor


Cynthia Nixon was asked about running for governor of New York on Tuesday’s “Today” show. Watch the video below.

Nixon has been politically active for a number of years, and openly criticized current governor Andrew Cuomo on “The View” a couple of months ago. A few days ago, it was reported that certain political groups are urging the actress to challenge him in a Democratic primary. And on NBC’s morning show, she was asked point-blank about the speculation she’ll run for office.

Guest co-host John Cena told Nixon, “You’ve been making a lot of noise in the headlines recently. People are talking about you possibly stepping outside the screen.” She coyly responded, “Yes, I have heard those rumors as well.” When Al Roker asked if she would “care to comment on those rumors,” she remained tight-lipped, merely saying, “I’ve heard ’em. I’ve read ’em.”

“Are you going to run for governor?” Roker pressed. Nixon then finally opened up. “You know, I think there are a lot of people who would like me to run. And I think for a variety of reasons, but I think the number one is education,” the “Sex and the City” star said. “I’ve got three kids who are in public school or came through the public school system. And we’ve got a real problem on our hands in New York state.”

She explained, “We are the 49th in terms of equitable funding. That means there’s only one state that’s worse than us, and that’s Illinois. And Governor Cuomo likes to say that we spend more per a pupil than any other state, and that is actually true, but the only reason that is true is because we spend so much on the kids in our wealthiest districts.”

“But there’s actually, between our 100 richest schools and our 100 poorest schools, there’s a $10,000 gap on what we spend per pupil,” Nixon stressed, adding, “That gap between our richest schools and our poorest schools is wider under Governor Cuomo than it has ever been before, and that’s gotta stop.” All that led Roker to push, “Can you make an announcement today?”

Nixon responded with a smile, “I cannot!” So, he asked, “Will you come here to do it?” Still smiling, she told him, “I cannot make that statement either.” Still, Cena told her, “You are very passionate and well-read about what you would like to fix in New York.” She replied, “And not only me. Parents all across New York state talk to me about this.” Check out the video below. NOTE: The video is no longer available.

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