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. sh

    maybe some more of her close supporters/financiers can huddle around her and tell her how she is tearing apart DEm party. How does Sen Clinton voters will forgive her for what she is doing like a whiner. Media should check the people who are trying to organize the protest who these people are supporting and it will be very clear Sen Clinton. SUPERS LOOK WHAT SHE IS DOING TO THE PARTY, MAKE HER STOP WITHA RESOUNDING NO TO HER. IWAS IN FAVOR OF HER MAYBE AS A VP BUT SHE HAS SPENT ALL HER GOODWILL FROM VOTERS. IT IS GETTING DANGEROUS DEMS MAY NOT WIN IN NOV PUT AN END TO IT.

    May 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |

    and this is from a male, black, superdelegate supporter of hers......

    May 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Texas girl

    She just doesn't get it! It was all fine and dandy when she thought that she had the democratic nomination locked up. She underestimated Obama and now that she's LOSING, she wants to change the game. Desperation is reeling its ugly head. Every week she comes up with a new reason for staying in the race. Hillary, how about taking some time off to figure out how you're going to pay your debts?! Just about everyone knows that this primary race is over–except for you. Desperate AND delusional......

    May 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Enlightened Voter

    Okay Clinton supporters, us Obama supporters don't have to say a word, he said it ALL.

    May 22, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Edison from Strubolt County

    Desperation is a sickening odor, and HRC should bow out. For a woman of her stature, she should have bowed out when she could have done so gracefully. Now, she is fouling the name of herself, her family, her supporters, the Democratic Party, and the United States of America. The system we have is set up the way it is for reasons. In the land of the free, we play by the rules. If you agree to the rules, along with everyone else, you have zero wiggle room. You're like a teenager going back on a promise Hillary. Please, please just quit digging yourself, and those of us who want a united Democratic Party, in a giant hole. It is now time for damage control. Best of luck, HRC.

    America 08

    May 22, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. OMG

    Hillary would be fighting very hard against seating these delegates if they favored Obama...........she likes to bend the rules when they are in her favor only.

    She signed the same agreement that everybody else did. Now she wants to ignore that fact. Is this the kind of thing she would do as President? If so, I do not want her in that office. She is clearly not a person who can be trusted to keep her word when she agrees to something......even in writing!

    May 22, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. KE

    Some people are still asking odd questions like "What does Hillary Clinton want?" Hillary decided to run for President in 2008.

    A majority of Americans said they want Hillary Clinton.

    I really believe Hillary is the only candidate with a stronger and wider coalition and could win in November.

    I just can't see that with McCain and Obama.

    May 22, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Moe

    Finally some people on her side are starting to see the light.
    Thank you for finally noting her lack of opposition to boycotting Florida and Michigan back in the fall. Only when she is losing a growing more desparate does she finally "care" about the will of the voters.

    May 22, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Mike in Columbus

    Too bad two of her biggest supporters spearheaded the effort to not just not seat the delegates, but to strip them entirely, so that no one could play political games with those delegates in the primary.

    Maybe should start by apologizing for that to FL and MI and then admit the real reason she is their champion NOW.

    May 22, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Natalie

    I agree. She's out of control w/ this Fl and MI stuff. She agreed to the rules beforehand, and now wants to change them only to suit her individual purpose. I think it's wrong, and it's even more deplorable that her supporters are going along with this and rallying in DC. Right is right and wrong is wrong, and regardless of whom you support, you have got to be smart enough to see that this is a ruse. I'm supporting Obama over Clinton (after A LOT of consideration because I've always had a firm respect and love for the Clintons), but I was willing to support her as well if she won the nomination. I will not support her if she wins by this means.

    Democrat '08

    May 22, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Joseph, Los Angeles

    The Governor speaks the truth; she agreed to the rules and now she is the ring-leader for ruining it for everybody and purposely dividing the party.

    May 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. tupac

    Astute man, despite his fast and loose manners when it comes to keeping his zipper closed. Any sane person willing to indulge a little bit of their brain cells can see that this whole argument is meangless and is a complete waste of our time.
    What is worring me is that the DNC has no spine, just like a lot of people suspect. Are they scared of the Clintons and if so why?

    May 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Whiskey

    even your drones are seeing your true ego driven colors. give it up.

    May 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. joe

    What more needs to be said?

    May 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. David Goldman for OBAMA




    May 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Jim, Burlington NC

    If the rules don't suit you – change the pants-suit er rules...

    May 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Cindy- St. Louis

    "Desperate"? YA THINK????????????

    I hope and pray this nightmare ends soon, for the good of the people, the Democratic party and our beloved country.

    OBAMA 08

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Back to reality!

    It's interesting how the CLinton camp and her supporters continue to gloss over the fact that Clinton was the only major candidate on the Michigan ballot. If the people who voted in MI are being disenfranchised, what about the people that did not vote because thier candadite was not on the ballot? Or do only Clintons supporters have the right to vote? The only fair way to solve this problem is a revote in both FL and MI. Seating the delegates the way they already voted is ludidris and another cheap and low tactic of the Clinton-win-by-any-means-neccesary-scorched-earth-approach.

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. HSU

    At least he is honest about it. He is also brave enough not to fear to offend the Clintons.

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Victory for Hillary

    Who to thank for the Florida ~ Michigan debacle??


    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Victor, NJ

    Why aren,t there enough pundits asking these loonies that come on there show where was the outrage when the DNC decided that the FL & MI votes would not be counted. These people make me sick, everybody knew the rules when the primary stated. To suddenly change the rules to benefit your interest goes against what America stands for.

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Jaci

    I'm glad he's being honest. I wish Clinton's supporters would stop blinding supporting her. The reality is she could careless about Florida and Michigan being disenfranchised. All she cares about it winning the nomination. They didn't matter when she agree with the penalties and they don't matter to her now.

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Counting the days 'till she's gone

    Bye Bye Hillary,
    don't let the door stop you from leaving.

    May 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  24. FrankSmith

    Why do the Clintons always "crew up" whatever they touch, including Paula, Monica, Whitewater, White House items.... and the list goes on!

    When will the Dems find the time to uplift their nominee for the general election?

    What are the Dems interested in: a fair nominating process OR a dynasty of families?

    May 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. soy

    Its rather unfortunate that this lady will try to destroy the party simply because she doesn't get her way. She signed off on the rules from the beginning. This fight would've been a lot easier prior to the beginning of the nomination process but where was she? It would've even been easier prior to Super Tuesday or even up till the end of February but she was no where to be found then. She falls behind in March and then starts this whole movement around "fighting for the rights of all Americans." I'm not for taking away people's votes but everyone understood the rules including the state officials that approved it, the people that went to vote and the candidates. Furthermore, I hate deceit and I hate when people think they are so smart to pull a fast one of me and others. Hillary Clinton is doing exactly that to try to steal this nomination. This would be the first election that I'll be voting in only if Obama is the nominee because if Hillary steals it I'm not willing to taint my first vote with this deceitful and self-serving candidate. Plus, there's no way in this world that I'll be voting for McCain

    Thanks Gov Patterson

    May 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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