May 23rd, 2008
06:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Supporter says Clinton getting desperate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Paterson disagrees with Clinton over Florida and Michigan."]
(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson, a supporter of Hillary Clinton's White House bid, said Friday the New York senator is showing signs of "desperation" in her continued push to get the full delegations of Michigan and Florida seated.

"I would say at this point we're starting to see a little desperation on the part of the woman who I support and I'll support until whatever time she makes a different determination," Paterson told New York radio station WAMC, according to the New York Daily News. "I thought she was the best candidate and I thought she had the best chance of winning."

The comments come a day after Clinton delivered a fiery speech in Florida demanding that that state's delegation, as well as Michigan's, be fully seated at the party's convention in August. The party stripped both states of their delegations last year after the state legislatures there voted to hold their primaries before February 5.

Clinton won both states' primaries, though Barack Obama removed his name from the ballot in Michigan. Clinton uses popular vote totals from both Florida in Michigan in her claim that she is beating the Illinois senator in the overall popular vote.

“I have heard some say counting Florida and Michigan would be changing the rules,” she said at a rally in Boca Raton. “I say not that not counting Florida and Michigan is changing a central governing rule of this country, that whenever we can understand the clear intent of the voters, their vote should be counted.”

Paterson, a Democratic superdelegate, said he disagreed with the party's initial decision to penalize the states, but added he thought the party should now "leave it where it is."

He also noted none of the presidential candidates - including Hillary Clinton - objected to the penalty when it was imposed last year.

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soundoff (412 Responses)
  1. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "I See", said the Blind Man! 🙂

    May 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Kenneth

    When will the party leaders step in and end this madness? Sen. Obama followed all the rules and has won.

    Oh, that's right. This is the Democratic party, and there are no real leaders.

    Sen. Clinton, you are making it great for two people – McCain this year, and yourself in 2012.

    Self-centeredness again triumphs in American politics!

    May 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Suziku

    Why anyone still supports this maniac woman is beyond me! She needs to stop her destruction, she needs to think of something and someone besides her own demented and egotistical out of control ambition and sense of self entitlement! The DNC and the remaining superdelegates need to step up to the plate, endorse Obama and allow the fight against Mcbush to begin in earnest! Hillary has become a nasty, crazy distraction, she apparently wants the Dems to lose so she can run again in 2012. I wouldn't vote for her if she was the "only" candidate! I am a 60 year old white woman who cannot stand her.

    May 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. MCD


    May 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Martha, Georgia

    There are still some of HRC supporters and herself that are in this delusional state of mind. IT IS OVER!! Also, check out Bill Clinton's recent comments, which is totally disgusting of a former president. Blame the media, blame Obama, blame the sexism, blame the rules, blame all except HRC. Wow, also read what her spiritual feminist adviser out Oregon had to say about her frame of mind, that is shocking.

    May 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Joseph Adewole

    Hillary is desperate; she can do anything, no matter how much it would hurt this Party to get the nomination then after Hillary, according to Bill today, Chelsea will come forth for Presidency of US; Are Americans living for the Clintons?
    Out of her desperation, she has said so many things that shouldn't have been said by any right thinking person against Obama.

    May 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Sweetie

    At last we're back at the REALLY important issues: Mrs. McCain's choice to wear blue jeans and how she looks in them, Mrs. Obama's idea of a First Lady ought to look, choosing – what else?? – PEARLS!

    Change? Change We Can Believe In! Change............

    May 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. John

    The delegates of both Florida and Michigan should be seated despite the party rules. The right to vote overrules petty party rules and the voters should not be disenfranchised from that right because a political party without the force of law believes it should punish the voters for what the state political party and government did. Seat the delegates and then count the votes. The candidate with the most gets the nomination.

    May 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. David D Kollie

    Hillary Clinton will even change the constitution when she becomes president. If things do not go her way constitutional-wise, the American people will see changes to come. This the party that put her husband into office before she became first lady. The rules governing the party was violated. She accepted it at the time but since things are not going the way she thought the rules have to be changed to suit her will. This so, so sad.

    May 22, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. KE

    Both McCain and Obama cannot win in November without Hillary and that's the fact.

    May 22, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. MaryLee

    Why does everyone think Hillary has so much "experience"??? she has only been a Senator a few years, and before that she was just the President's wife! she never held any kind of office before. Does being a coniving, ruthless attorney give her more experience?
    I DON'T THINK SO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Argentina_Holdout

    It is all easy. The Democratic Party has the choice. Either the Superdelegates nominate Hillary or the Democrats will loose the general elections. Florida & Michigan should revote. Lets see , whether the Obama camp would agree with that...

    May 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Bruce

    You can’t change the rules of the game after you agree and begin playing. If it did not suit her and would take away from her possible bid then she would find a way to respectfully impose seating the MI & FL delegates. It is ridiculous to even have this conversation. If Obama was Edwards, this wouldn't be happening. Call a spade a spade this country isn’t ready for a Black candidate with a true chance of winning it all so the powers that be are collectively trying to put the cabash on it "by any means necessary" It is a blow to her ego and an unthinkable mistake in their eyes.

    May 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Pam

    HRC desperate..................enough said!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. mya, Obama

    Hahahaha..i love it!! Go Obama!

    May 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    David Patterson might not be able to see very well, but at least he's good at math.

    May 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. D.J. Morales

    Desperado,...why don't you come to your've been out riding fences, for so long now,...Oh you're a hard one, I know that you've got your reasons,..but these things that are pleasing you will hurt you somehow...

    C'mon Hillary...nobody wants a president who is so desperate to be president... or are you the Mother Theresa of politics and you are going to save us from ourselves?

    May 22, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. End This Mess Super Delagates

    Thank U Govenor Patterson for saying what is on everybody's mind!

    May 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Lynn in NM

    Desparate? No. Entitled, and obsessed? Yes.

    May 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Aura Edge

    These posts are full of hate for Hillary. I am confident that were it the other wy around, BO would be doing the same thing and I would be in total agreement with him. The popular vote is almost divided 50/50 which means that 50% of you like Obama and 50% of us want Hillary as our president. She is the best qualified candidate to lead our country. The personal hate for her and Bill is blinding voters to choose the least qualified person.

    May 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Tom

    One other point: Polls taken today about what voters will do in November are irrelevant. Remember that Dukakis had a huge lead and lost big. To put it another way: In virtually every state where Obama has campaigned with force, he has either extended his existing lead or cut into Clinton's lead. In Pennsylvania, despite Clinton having the whole Dem establishment in that state in her back pocket, not to mention demographics that favored her, Obama cut her lead from 25 to 10 in just a few short weeks. If Clinton wasn't wasting the party's time with all these shenanigans, Obama would now be doing the same to McCain across the country–shifting the numbers his way one day at a time.

    May 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Edison from Strubolt County


    Hillary Clinton endorses Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate, he graciously accepts, and the party unites to defeat McCain in November, because Hillary comes out and tells her supporters they are silly for even saying the lame threatening things they did in primary season

    May 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. Paulinus

    I hope she does not go crazy over this nomination. After all, she's got so much money. Is it because of her obsession for power?

    May 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. sh

    No wonder Dems cannot win because they wnt to change rules as it suits them, do not be deceived as I wrote before put yourseldf in the position, remember how you felt about someone getting admission in Univ or school when the person ws admitted bsed on quota not fair system for all it is the same scenerio Sen Clinton is trying to steal the nomination unfairly, she agreed to thse rules and now that she is losing she wants to chnage them. makes me sick to my stomach just like the students who were not admitted because of the quota system. dems if we want to win WH we need to fair and follow the process with the rules as they were at the start of the primaries.

    May 22, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Rosalind

    Hillary needs to get a life. She is only dividing the party by continuing this argument. She agreed to the decision early on. Now she wants to have the votes counted because she has lost the race to become the nominee. She does not deserve to be the nominee. She does not deserve to be the Vice President either. Obama would have to watch his back each day. Hillary and Bll would do everything they could to undermine Obama's Presidency. Hillary can't be trusted now.

    May 22, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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