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

Paterson says Clinton frustrated, not desperate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/28/art.paterson.gi.jpg 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.


Filed under: David Paterson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (759 Responses)
  1. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    HILLARY IS THE ANSWER TO OUR PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY!

    SHE HAS NOT BEEN CAUGHT LYING OVER AND OVER OR TALKING ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    LETS NOT FORGET THE WACK JOB PASTOR THAT OBAMA THREW UNDER THE BUS FOR VOTES!

    IF OBAMA IS MADE THE NOMINEE HE WILL LOSE!

    AS A DEMOCRAT, I WOULD RATHER HAVE McCAIN BECAUSE OBAMA HAS NO CLUE WHAT HE IS DOING!

    THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL BE LAUGHING AT US KNOWING WE HAVE A FOOL AT THE HELM!!!

    HILLARY HAS THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO FIX THE WAR AND THE ECONOMY!!

    I TRUST HILLARY CLINTON 08!

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Josie WA

    Bubba and Rocky must have scared him into submission. Yikes!

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Javi

    Deeply concerned: Have you not seen that most polls on the states you mention have Obama beating McBush?

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Mia

    What a COWARD? The Clinton's have him on a short leash, I guess he pulled loose for a second, ,but they certainly pulled him back in.

    SAD!

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Obama 08:white, 60 year old woman.

    Sure she is frustrated...she is losing and she is throwing a tantrum like her supporters to give her the prize no matter how she gets it or what morals, rules and principles are thrown out the window.

    The lack of maturity and hysteria displayed by her and her supporters is a travesty to the women's movement everywhere.

    The way Obama is handling this...giving her space, avoiding answering her frantic demands and claims and telling his supporters to stay home on Saturday demonstrates the integrity, judgement and level headed needed to lead thi Democrats into the election!!

    May 28, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Sean Deason

    Sounds like the new governor awakened this morning with the severed head of his seeing eye dog lying next to him. Just a little message from Boss Hillary.

    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. No Hillary

    Don't change ur word governor... ur were right ... she is desperate...and probably u are desperate taht ur candidate is not going anywhere near White House...

    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Deanna

    Wow, what a flip flopper.

    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. SD

    Go Hillary
    Don't listen to the pathetic Obama supporters..
    Take it to the convention if you have too.

    Obama can not win..PERIOD!!

    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Ify from NY

    What else can he say. He is trying to save face with the Clintons so he doesn't get dumped on. Whe even cares about his opinion.

    May 28, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. EE

    DESPERATE
    DIVISIVE
    DESPICABLE
    DECEITFUL
    DISRUPTIVE
    DEGENERATE
    DEMAGOGUE
    DELUSIONAL
    DEPRESSED
    DESTROYER
    DETACHED
    DESTRUCTIVE
    DEMON
    DEVASTATED
    DEMENTIA
    IT'S ALL THE SAME SHE'S DONE.

    May 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. real dem

    READ THIS YOU HYPOCRITCAL PEOPLE>It becomes pretty tricky when you consider that in Michigan, Barack Obama’s name wasn’t even on the ballot. It’s also important to note that both candidates signed a pledge not to campaign in either state and agreed the primaries should be invalid if the states changed the dates. SHE AGREED TO THIS AND NOW SHE'S PULLING A DOUBLE STANDARD. WHY WOULD YOU WANT SOMEONE LIKE THIS FOR PRESIDENT. IF YOU AGREE WITH HER THEN YOUR JUST AS TWO FACED AND HYPOCRITICAL AS SHE IS.

    O'BAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. Lori

    I don't know of anyone who would vote for Hillary after the way she's run her campaign and of the statements she's made.

    Hillary really needs to just retire.

    May 28, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Mark F - California

    As usual, the OBAMA Supporters cannot give a single good reason why he should be the nominee. Instead they attack Hillary Clinton for everything uncluding breathing.

    And since when was Bill Clinton the enemy of the Democratic Party. Wake up, put down the coolade you Obama nut cases.

    Bill Clinton was and remain to be one of the best presidents we have ever had.

    Hillary Clinton is the best choice. She is not perfect. But who on earth is.

    She has the experience and is a fighter.

    I am a white, late thirties, very well educated male with a very good job. And I am going to continue to support Hillary.

    I am not uneducated, unemployed, and clinging to guns and religion as the obama campaign would like you to belive all Clinton's supporters are. I am also not a rascist, having been awarded a national diversity award last year from my company.

    So go ahead and vote for the empty suit. He will not get elected.

    Put him on the ticket as a vice president and he can run in2016.

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    I really don't think the Affirmative Action Candidate with the microphone permanently embedded in his mouth is going to be able to beat Senator John McCain...

    But then, what do I know?

    I thought that Bush would beat Gore and Bush would beat Kerry: And I'm a life-long DEMOCRAT!

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. McCain is old

    You looking at me? No, really, I can't tell.

    May 28, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  17. C. CONCERNED CANADIAN

    I am amazed at how sevoted Clintn's supporters are in light of all the obvious turns, shifts, gaffs, and out and out lies that come from their candidtate's camp.

    Blind devotion is dangerous. (no pun here)

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Ron Larson

    Again let me repeat...if you think that this nominating process is over in June, you have bumped your head. This issue, is going to go right into you convention in Denver, and the ramifications of it are going to destroy, actually already have, you just don't know it yet. Every day the news is about the daily pareade of dysfucntionalism that surrounds the Clinton' s...more is to come, more lies, hysteria, name calling, victimition of self, distorttions backtracking, and general nonsense...sounds like the Clinton Administration again displays itself. Hell these frauds can't even manage an election, how the Hell are they going to tmanagae thius country?

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. Michelle in Los Angeles

    HILLARY GET OUT THE RACE, IT IS OVER.

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Tammy/Indiana

    Leon,

    I dissagree...Bush is the worst president in history!

    Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Sean

    Deeply Concerned in NH: Don't confuse "didn't win the swing states" with "cannot win the swing states". He can win them as well. Plus he's doing very will in traditionally Republican states, so well in fact that the definition of swing state is being changed. It will be an interesting November. Even with all of the crossover Clinton supporters, Obama will still win.

    May 28, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  22. Moop

    Yay Hillary, Come Back Kid of '08. Just kidding, she's done like a well cooked turkey.
    Having Hillary, the most divisive figure in recent American Politics, run as the democratic nomineewould energize the revitalize the essentially dead republican spirit.
    There's only one good reason to vote for her, she did win the Swing States. Oh wait! She won because hardcore right wing nut jobs were going out of their way to vote for her. Rush Limbaugh sent his demon workers to give Clinton a chance at the nomination, which therefore would seal a Republican win in November.
    Clinton supporters, get over yourselves. Obama and Clinton essentially have the same ideals, so if you Clinton fanatics either vote for McCain or stay at home in November, fine. You're just a hypocrite throwing away your beliefs.

    DEMOCRAT 08

    May 28, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. jackie o.

    Now the story changes. If you believe Hillary was "frustrated" instead of "desperate" then you believe Hillary was really under Bosnian sniper fire.

    May 28, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. appleboat

    "why cant I win? why cant I win?, why dont they like me?, why dont they like me?. Maybe its because everything that comes out of my mouth is a lie and Im incredibly self centered and selfish"-- Hillary you are all of these things AND frustrated AND desperate. SIT DOWN and shut up.

    May 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. yvonne

    There has always been a sexist edge to comments describing Hillary Clinton as "desparate," or "oathetic," which I think reflects society's view of women of a certain age. I hope that her constituency lets Obama's campaign know thaty cannot get away with this kind of language.

    Why should she be desparate? She is a brilliant, strong candidate who is winning the popular vote and making history in this country.

    May 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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