Actress and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon said Thursday that President Donald Trump's election was "a kick in the pants" and that's why she's running to unseat New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November.
"I think Donald Trump’s election was a kick in the pants to so many of us," Nixon told CBS News correspondent Erin Moriarty in an excerpt of an interview to be broadcast Sunday. "And I think all the women running this year were — were such an inspiration — because what are we waiting for?
"What are we waiting around for?" she asked. "There’s no cavalry coming."
Nixon, 52, the former "Sex and the City" star, faces Cuomo in the state's September primary.
Cuomo, in his second term, has a $30 million war chest — and Nixon raised $15,000 from donations after Tuesday's congressional primary, where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won over Rep. Joe Crowley in an upset victory.
Nixon called her race for the nomination the "biggest gamble" of her life.
"This race, as with so many of the races around the country, I think are really a fight for the soul of the Democratic Party," she told Moriarty.
"We need a Democratic Party that is not so beholden to big money interests that it loses sight of its values and the things it stands for."
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