May 28th, 2008
05:38 PM ET
15 years ago

Paterson says Clinton frustrated, not desperate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Paterson backtracked from his comments last week describing Clinton as desperate."] (CNN) - Hillary Clinton supporter and New York Gov. David Paterson appeared to backtrack Wednesday from his comments last week suggesting the New York senator's latest actions on the campaign trail showed signs of "desperation."

Speaking on a New York radio station Wednesday, Paterson said "desperation" was probably not the correct word to attribute to the New York senator.

"I think a better word would have been 'frustration,'" Paterson said Monday on Talk 1300. (Listen to the interview here.) "The frustration was that the senator had won votes in Florida and Michigan and would like to have those delegates. Certainly in Florida, I think there is a very good argument with that."

"I still believe that number one, she is the best person suited for the presidency and number two, she is the most likely to defeat John McCain," he also said.

Paterson's original comments came Thursday, when he appeared to express disagreement with Clinton over her continued push to get the full delegations of both states 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 said then.

Paterson, a Democratic superdelegate, also said then 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."

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. The Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee is slated to meet Saturday to determine if and how it will seat the two state's delegations at the party’s nominating convention this summer.

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soundoff (759 Responses)
  1. TEXAN

    Come on Hillary....we are all frustrated with your desperation. PLEASE be a lady and exit from this race as gracefully as possible. I am an Obama supporter. However, seeing your desperation and all your "ugly" tactics really makes me feel sorry for you ! PLEASE try to save what little respect you have left. PLEASE get out now. Do not continue to divide our party. ( Sad but true) WE NEED TO UNITE AND ELECT OBAMA !

    May 28, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. Isaac (Washington State)

    Concerned in NH says "We cannot ignore that Obama CANNOT win the so-called "swing states in November. He has ZERO chance of carrying Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, Ohio and Florida. If you cannot carry those states..YOU CANNOT WIN THE WHITE HOUSE!"

    Barrack is leading McCain in the latest polls in :
    California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. She would carry Florida and Ohio, but you can't say he cannot carry these states. Let's unite!

    Dem 08

    May 28, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  3. Joseph in PA

    1. Clinton should have won this primary months ago according to the polls. SHE DID NOT. She ran a bad campaign and rested on entitlement.

    2. Many voters DID NOT VOTE in FL or MI because they were told, rightly, that their delegates would not be seated for breaking the rules. Any solution now becomes a guessing game and is disingenuous to the other 48 states and the Obama campaign who followed the rules.

    3. Obama has captured more votes, more delegates, more states, and raised more money because he worked harder and has a better message that resonates.

    May 28, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Melissa

    Right on Joe Texas!! I have no trust for Obama and will not support him as a democratic candidate.

    Clinton 08!!

    May 28, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. 4Real

    Now come on Gov. up! I think you can see signs of desperation–no pun intended.

    May 28, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Candi

    I believe that everyone is confused on what is right and what is wrong. I hope that all Hillary supporters get their wish but the other question is whether the other states feel the same way. MI and FL is not the only states that have voted for Obama or Hillary. So my point is if the DNC give them full rights to be heard then that means the next time there is an election just say you can have a primary anytime your state feel like it just let us know one or two months ahead of time.

    Also why is Hillary so concern about why Karl Roves think she is better than Obama. Hillary will suck up to anyone that will get her over the top. At least one thing is for sure I am many others will not be there to support a liar and stealer.

    May 28, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Since she wants to make sure all the voters in Florida and Michigan count, can we find out, how many people did not vote because of the rules violation. I'm told that Florida alone has 4 million voters,only 1.7million voted. What about them as well as the voters in Michigan. I think the Clintons are more than willing to destroy the party in order to win. Why does she think she is the strongest, candidate, is it because she thinks she will get the black vote anyway. I don't think so, if they take this from Obama, say hello to 4 more years of Bush,it will be the death of the party. I'm praying this is over by next Wednesday, so Obama and true Democrats can really get focused on beating McBush

    May 28, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Stephen, Denver/Co

    Rules are rules! The only reason the Clintons are crying now is because she is losing. Everyone knew, including the states this would happen and everyone signed agreements. (Guess Clintons signature doesn't mean anything.) I say this country has had enough of the Bushes and the Clintons. No more scandals or braking rules when it best fits their needs. I can still hear Clinton saying, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman..." Now its going to be... "I did not know what I was signing..."

    May 28, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  9. Albert

    Hilary could have won the democratic nomination if she had voted against the Iraq war from the start and not approve Florida and Michigan to move their primaries up. This is her fault and should have known better. What's worse, if the remaining super delegates take the nomination from Obama and gives it to Hilary, the republicans who switched parties to vote for her during the nomination will vote for McCain in the general election. Very frustrating indeed.

    May 28, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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