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Lazio on Cuomo: At least Paterson's out there

Gov. David Paterson is a "nice man" who merits credit for setting out the scope of his deficit, versus AG Andrew Cuomo, who's "undermining the governor of his own party," went Rick Lazio's pitch this morning.

The strategy for Lazio here isn't subtle, nor does it seem intended to be: Use the lesser-funded, poll-vexed incumbent Democrat as a club to hit his well-funded, well-polling rival -- perhaps to build up Cuomo's negatives and to allow Lazio to occupy an apparent "high road."

Lazio smiled broadly when asked if he'd be disappointed if he were to face Paterson rather than Cuomo. The candidate stayed on message and said essentially that the nomination is up to the Democrats.

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