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. Foreign observer

    Obama voters should now embrace him, his clear view – even he is blind – and all the other Clinton supporters. Finally Hillary as the captain on board will last but not least leave the ship and join Obama.

    May 22, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Ding, Washington, DC

    Sad, it takes a Clinton supporter 3 months to realize that. She lost the nomination earlier in February. Remeber 11 in a row!. That's when she started throwing everythings at her opponent.

    May 22, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Jewel - NC

    Sit down and rest a little while HRC and wait on your daughter to run for president, because it is over for you.

    May 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Ohio Bob

    If HRC had any tack she would FFFFade away. Wait, her last name is Clinton – she has no tack.
    This party is over, don't go away mad Hillary.... Just go away

    May 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Shazia Arain

    Clingary (not Hillary)..should stop clinging to a nomination that is not hers. Obama has won the nomination fair and square following the same rules as she did. He deserves it not Cling-ary.

    May 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. JonPeter, Hartford, CT

    It is good that more level headed leaders, such as Gov. Patterson, are beginning to speak up. The Democrats need many clear thinking leaders with a wide range of views who can come together to unite the party and back Obama to win the white house in '08.

    The Clinton's need to realize the Democratic party exists for the people of the US and is not their personal means to power. The presidential nomination was never Hillary's entitlement and she completely blew what could have bene hers had she treated others with respect.

    The recent behaviors of the Clinton's are not those I and others want in our leader. I am hoping the party can move beyond the divisive tactics of the clinton organization and take the white house in '08

    Obama-Gore '08

    May 22, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Rich

    This is the exact type of leadership we need. Thank you, David Patterson. Clinton supporters have a huge amount of sway in terms of how this is all going to play out; we can only hope that they will follow what they deem is right.

    May 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. karen

    She is beginning to sound beyond desperate!! She signed on to the rules when she though she would run away with the vote. Now it should change? NO NO! Her actions are the reason I can not support her. She' throwing a tantrum, screaming and crying just to get her own way. I'm a women and it is becoming embarrarising for women! Somebody(Bill) talk to her and tell her to let go gracefully!!! She can't win the whole US with just the redneck votes and that she should not be to proud of either. She could destroy the democratic party and any future she has!

    May 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Xavier, St. Louis, MO

    A little desperation? That's an understatement. The DNC and Howard Dean needs to man-up, grow a pair and tell Hillary and her faithful Clintonites that the Florida and Michigan votes, "ain't gonna happen!"

    May 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Blabberwitz

    Not only has she been desperate and increasingly so, as the rest of us watch. But in this sad spectacle she is demonstrating her destructive nature for anything standing in her way. Her motto is " if I fail I'll take the whole structure down with me". She is not now, has never been, nor ever will be presidential material.

    May 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  11. Chad

    You're a mean one, Mrs. Grinch.
    You really are a heel.
    You're as cuddly as a cactus,
    You're as charming as an eel.
    Mrs. Grinch.

    You're a bad banana
    With a greasy black peel.

    -adapted by Dr. Seuss

    May 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Bill Elliott

    Ironic that the politician is complaining about the politics! She can't work it out now, how are we to believe she can work it out if she actually GETS into office??

    Besides... she already had a chance at 'reforming health-care' back when she was First Lady... seems like that waste of money & time should account for something!!

    May 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Jaun

    They are encouraging her to stay in a race that has already like HC GET OUT.
    OBAMA 08'

    May 22, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. Lutisha BeeBranch Ark

    Since she realized it was not going to be given to her and she had some competition she is in desperate to maintain her EGO but does not care about the DNC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Dealt

    Finally somebody amongst Hillary's supporters speaking out loud that she didn't oppose the penalty imposed on Florida and Michigan before it became apparent they were her last hope. I wish all those bitter voters who write here and intend to march on DC (very strange tactics this march on DC that Hillary is suggesting, or at least certainly not denouncing... ) would be just as clear-headed as Governor Patterson.

    May 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |


    Next time we will all bend over and let George Sorros, Oprah, Michael Bloomberg, and Warren Buffet decide the nominee for us.

    Until then, Keep fighting Hillary.

    No more corporate control of the govt. We have that right now.

    May 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. jerry smith

    desperate or not im willing to bet she will be the nominee the supers will put her over the top obama is dangerous

    May 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Anne

    Hillary Clinton has the best chance of winning over McCain. The Republicans fear running against her and it appears from the onset the Rupublicans have "pushed" Obama. While I am a Republican I will vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination. In the event she does not then I will vote for McCain. Hillary is the best candidate.

    May 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Rick

    It's over Hillary, call it quits and help big 'O' defect the Greed Over Principle (GOP) folks this fall. Any working American that votes for a Republican this fall, is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders ?? Their polices hurt them the most and they don't even know it ??

    Vote change not McSame !!!

    May 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Mr. B.

    And this is why...................

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    May 22, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Tom

    She feels entitled to the nomination and will do anything–including try to change rules she agreed to (and her campaign folks helped put into place when they thought she'd win in a walk)–to get what she thinks is hers by right. That's not how we do it in this country! Obama has played this process much more effectively, his positions are just as good as hers if not better, his analytical ability and capacity to lead and inspire are superior to hers, and his personal integrity is miles beyond hers. He is clearly the better candidate, and he is winning by the rules they both agreed to. Case closed.

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

    Well, yes... Hillary is getting desperate! Having Bill represent her in states like Montana is absurd! I cannot believe he goes out and tries to campaign for her! He's doing more harm than good.
    She knows she can't win this now.... it's Obama all the way!
    We need someone like him to run our country. We do need a change and he's the one for the change.
    Our poor old country is falling apart now... with dishonest politicians, high gas and food prices, the war, all the crime, etc.

    May 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. WeBoDave

    That sounded like a voice of reason from the Clinton camp. Thanks!

    Bottom line, the clear intent of Michigan voters can not be know from the results and without it Clinton can not win the delegate race or the popular vote.

    I will now pair Senators Clinton and Lieberman forever. Two candidates who crave power so much that they abandon their ideals.

    May 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Jason, Texas

    obama WILL win the general election.... those who say nay are just wrong...

    May 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Lutisha BeeBranch Ark

    Patterson look out she will be coming for your job !!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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