Cuomo & Paladino Set To Debate

October 8, 2010 Updated Oct 8, 2010 at 11:10 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

October 8, 2010 Updated Oct 8, 2010 at 11:10 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Just minutes after Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino's three minute "announcement" aired on Buffalo television Thursday evening, Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo offered a quick response, including confirmation of a debate downstate.

All the candidates running for the office of Governor have agreed to take part in that formal debate, set for Monday October 18th at News 12 on Long Island.

Republican candidate Carl Paladino has agreed to debate seven times, but so far Democratic candidate Cuomo has only agreed to one.

In addition to the announcement of a debate, reaction was pouring into the Eyewitness Newsroom following Paladino's three minute commercial "announcement" that aired at 5:13pm on the three WNY network affiliate stations. The Paladino campaign purchased satellite services from WKBW to uplink the message for other stations across the state.

The ad addressed many of the political and personal issues that have been surrounding Paladino's campaign, notably his confrontation with New York Post reporter Fred Dicker. Paladino alleged that Dicker pushed Post staff to take pictures of Carl's ten year old daughter whom he fathered out of his marriage.

He went on to say the campaign should move away from personal accusations.

The message concluded with a plea for funds from prominent WNY republican Nancy Naples, the former comptroller for Erie County.

Thursday night, Paladino only spoke to Eyewitness News. Anchor Keith Radford talked with the candidate about his reaction to the three minute announcement and the upcoming debate.

Carl said he was pleased with how the message was delivered, and looks forward to addressing issues in the upcoming debate.

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