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.

Filed under: David Paterson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (759 Responses)
  1. ExPat

    Re: changing the rules now. Let's get the NFL to shave some points off of the New York Giants Superbowl victory. They too weren't suppose to beat the presumed winner, right?

    May 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. Kenneth M

    fred2..since another stole my name, LOOK AT THE SUP DEL CATCH FOR THE DAY FOR OBAMA:

    5-28-08 – Added DNC Pat Waak (CO) for Obama
    – Added DNC Meredith Woods-Smith (OR) for Obama
    – Added DNC Wayne Kinney (OR) for Obama

    May 28, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  3. Proud American

    Leon sorry to disagree with you entirely. History is starting to prove that Carter was a great President and we should all be so lucky if anyone comes along like him. He predicted and tried to do something about our fuel shortage and the problems in the middle East. Reagan and the Republicans scoffed and smeared him on it. So in fact Reagan is the worst President wa've ever had. All of our problems today all point back to him.

    May 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Hillary, Liar on day 1

    Don't worry David. We're booting Hillary out of NYS as soon as she returns.

    Your Gov. seat is safe.

    May 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  5. Jessica in IL

    Um, no. She's desperate. She is starting to come off as a very sore loser.

    May 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Abraham


    May 28, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Chris from San Antonio

    Gov. Paterson misspelled "pathetic."

    May 28, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. xddy4u

    You can call it anything you want to, but the bottom line is,"SHE IS DESPERATE". I'm sick of those who say that Obama can't win the swing states. Why can't he? Next time there won't be this lying
    "white woman" portraying being beaten up by this "black man".. It'll be Obama against McCain who is all over the place in the issues. This time the issues will be at the forefront, not delegate counts. If the swing states want the same recessionist economy then go and vote for McCain. If you want a vibrant economy, vote Obama. Wall Street has already said that Obama will be good for the economy. So let them make the decision. Job or no job. Their welfare is in their own hands. Hillary is desperate.

    May 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Isaac

    Want to seat all of Florida and Michigans delegates? Fine, but do it as "fairly" as possible. Give Obama the full 45% of the vote in Michigan that Hillary didn't win. Then, since Edwards now supports Obama, let him have his delegates. All his delegates are going that way anyways. That way we all can get past this mess and nominate OBAMA!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Jason P. from Orange County

    But, is she bitter?

    May 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter

    Yeah Patterson, she is so frustrated that your job might just be next. The Governor of New York title will start sounding better and better here shortly.

    May 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Stacey

    Kind of an irony,,,

    If Hillary is so concerned that "every vote counts" and her supporters clamor for the same thing :

    – why not count caucus states?

    – why not worry about those voters in Mi and Fl that did not go out to vote because they were told by the DNC AND HILLARY that the votes wouldn't count? (don't make me pull out the quote to prove it)

    – why are they now seeking to "disenfranchise" all the majority that has voted for Obama using the logic that the Superdelegates can vote their conscience and disregard the majority.

    ... I have to say that Hillary's campaign is the most self-stultifying ever. They want the votes to count, accept the ones that have already been cast.

    May 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Lyle C Holmes

    Stop me if you've heard this one! How many cheating men does it take to run New York?

    May 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Relevant

    How anybody could be sitting at the end of 2008, with the last 8 years to reflect on, and call CARTER the worst president in history, I'll never understand.

    Bush Jr is BY FAR and by every method of calculation the worst president of all time. And anyone who votes for McCain is voting for 4 more years of the worst policies EVER. Unjustified wars, economy in the crapper, human rights and privacy out the window...

    I mean who really cares who the Democratic nominee is, as long as we end the Bush/Rove/Cheney regime, and don't let it continue under McCain?

    "I WILL NOT SURRENDER IRAQ!" Like it's U.S. soil or something!

    Vote Democratic this fall NO MATTER WHAT or we are doomed.

    May 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    The Clinton's are punking everyone

    May 28, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Michelle in Los Angeles

    Hillary and Bill –
    1.Stop trying to change the rules to satisfy your run for President.
    2. Stop lying.
    3. Stop Cheating.

    You are desperate and it is ugly.

    You are making me ill. You and your silly supporters. I voted for Bill and loved him, now – I do not. Everyday I hope that I will wake up and find you have come to your senses and conceeded the loss. You are a disgrace to the Presidental race, to women, and to the Democratic party.

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |


    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Paul

    Us moderate Democrats can only stand by and watch as the DNC drives itself enthusiastically over the cliff with the Nobama nomination. Heal the riff in the Democratic Party? You people who think that will happen are delusional. Wake up folks, there is no victory waiting for you in November with Nobama.

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Jim

    Patterson wants to set the seeds if Hillary Clinton challenges him for NY governor in 2010.....

    running against a lazy, clueless, inexperienced African-American..... sound familiar??

    New York Democrats aren't as stupid as Democrats nationwide who support caucuses, inexperience, and good speeches

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Diana New York



    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Monica

    Deeply concerned in NH.
    How about you take your deep concern and do some research. In current polling that Hillary likes so much, Barack is polling wins in CA, PA, NY. Go ahead look it up, I dare you. I don't know why people think that they can come on these blogs and spew this stuff. You seriously think that the bloggers reading this haven't looked into this stuff. Well, I looked into it and he can win without Michigan, Ohio and Florida.

    May 28, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. Frank from Holland

    The US is a third world country judging by its 32 million or so human beings living below the poverty line and its politics in particular when looking at the behaviour of Mrs. Clinton in the elections.

    Republicans, get out of Iraq first and then out of the US.

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Tired of all the flap!

    Paterson meant what he said "frustrated" because she is not the queen of the ball like she'd thought at the beginning of this race. Hillary Clinton and her husband has exemptified the ultimate poor sportsmanship. They are trying to change every rule that the Dems have imposed in the Democratic Party. Bill Clinton is running his mouth that his wife has been disrespected by any or everyone who is not on her side. He needs to look back at his White House days in early 90s and not use the word "disrespect" anymore. He humiliated and committed adultery right under her nose in OUR White House and lied about it; therefore, we know that the Clintons will say and do just about anything to have their way in this election.

    Obama do not chose this woman as a running mate or do not let your guard up, who knows what the Clintons are capable of.

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. yvonne

    There has always been a sexist undertone to comments describing Hillary Clinton as "desparate," and "pathetic," reflecting society's view of women of a certain age. I hope that her constituency lets Obama's people know they 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. When historians write about this campaign, they will be astounded by the unfair, offensive, and irrational treatment she has been subjected to at the hands of Obama's supporters.

    But she perseveres. Go Hillary!

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Jason P. from Orange County

    leon = so incapable of coming up with original thoughts of his own, that he has to spam multiple posts with the same exact message.

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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