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. Cynthia

    Won't work Governor Patterson – I believe what you said is what you meant. So, no gimme back my comment.

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. JV

    Go Obama, only 50 delegates to go... Hillary Go home and stop whinning you're getting on my nerves.

    May 28, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Pat

    Yep, he received a 3 a.m. call from the screaming desperate cheater.

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. go home Hiltary

    Get outta of here Hillary! Clinton are loser! get over with it!

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Chipo

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS UNITE.... take it to Denver, take it to November. All the way. Let Barrack Obama and the DNC know that we will only support a ticket with Hillary on it! They cannot win without us and they know it. Show your strength, seat FL and MI, count all of the votes.

    Hillary 2008

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Andrea KC

    Don't blame the Dems, don't blame the delegates it was the American people who voted for Obama. In fact more people voted for Obama in primary and cacus states than Clinton. If yo are seeking to blame anyone for the way the election turned out, blame all of the voters, whose independent right and judgment it is to vote for the candidate whom they feel will best lead thenation.

    May 28, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Robert from Washington

    Democrats interested in preserving Roe vs. Wade and ending the occupation of Iraq need to stop knocking their likely candidate in the fall, or they will put McCain in the White House and lose on both counts. The fight was fair and square and Hillary, without some major machinations, has lost.

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Eddie for HILLARY

    HILLARY can still be the nominee. She is the strongest candidate that we have right now. We cannot elect a weak candidate, we cannot have an Intern to rule this Country!!!!! Never!!!!! People wake up! Do you want to entrust your future to Junior Senator???

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. R

    I think she's better qualified. I'm pissed too that others can't see that. Seems like a lot of people are voting against Hillary instead of voting for Obama anyways

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Patty

    Go away you sorry Obama supporters. If you can't say somethng intelligent and decent don't blog at all. You are all so afraid Hillary will win. Like the golfer, Oracle of Delaware said. It can Happen!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. shaolinPrince

    “Deeply Concerned in NH”

    You should know your history before you make erroneous statements like “He has ZERO chance of carrying Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, Ohio and Florida.” New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Michigan vote for democrats in presidential elections, so your theory is flawed. These states are not swing states as you states but blue states (Democrats). Most likely Hillary’s career in New York is over.

    Florida and Michigan should not be seated because they knew the consciences before hand and deliberately did not follow them. There are always a price for your actions when you break the rules or law as it should be.

    This is why the youth are voting for Obama so overwhelmingly because Clinton will do anything to win. Florida and Michigan both knew the consequences of their actions before they decided not to abide by the rules. Furthermore, the ones that are pushing for the Florida and Michigan vote to count, what example are you setting for the youth of America. You are telling the youth that it is OK to break the rules if it is to your advantage. The youth of this nation are smarter than most adults realize. They (the youth) can tell when you are being hypocritical, or truthful. The youth of America seems to be more honest than the adults. The adults can learn from the youth and stick to what was established and agreed to before hand. If you show the youth how to circumvent the rules and laws than you cannot become angry when they (the youth) do so because they are only learning from the adults’ example.

    Basically, Clinton is trying to breach a contract and if the adults who supports Florida and Michigan (being seated the way they are) they have no right to ever chastise a youth when they flaunt the rules and laws. This is not the example I would want any youth to learn. Maybe society needs to stop saying grow up and start saying revert back to being a youth. The supporters of this breach of contract has no leg to stand on (if it were a court of law) and the youth see this overwhelmingly. Go head and look the youth in the eye and explain why you support breaching the contract and they will no longer respect you because they can look through your hypocrisy.

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Tawanda Bell

    And the truth is in the pudding..She is as desparate as a mother looking for her child in a large crowd. Hillary is past frustrated. Howard Dean said that he was going to seat Fl and MI before loud mouth Hillary came up with this big plan.All she is doing is making herself look like the educated fool that she really is.

    May 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. B - NYC

    Shut up Paterson.

    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. jeff storrs, ct

    I think deperation is the right word given the RFK comment and the current claim that Obama won't win!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    A clear cut case of the blind leading the blind.

    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |


    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  17. Independent99999

    I think Desperation is not that strong a work for Hillary

    Hillary may be committing Suicide soon IMO. She is suicidal about her loss. I can tell from her conduct and pale faces these days. IMO, she is going to commit suicide soon. Hope the people around her can prevent her from this

    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Monica

    2 more things for you that Barack has done for this country.
    He beat HIllary in the democratic primary
    and he has registered thousands of(probably millions at this point) new voters.

    May 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Susan

    I understand her being frustrated. She has worked hard so that FL & Michigan can vote.......and they should. I feel sorry for the people of these states b/c their votes do not count.

    And Hillary has the popular vote, so this is what the delegates should highly consider.

    Hillary 08

    May 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. Susan

    I thought you had some guts, Gov. Patterson. We will see how you feel when she runs for your job next. There is frustration that she didn't get what she thinks is rightfully hers, and she has been desperate in her crying the 3 months. I had high hopes for you. Oh well, another paid for clinton supporter.

    May 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  21. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Unfortunately, when a supporter backtracks on a comment that they made and then goes on to make statements that are currently being made by the Clinton's, they pretty much have lost their credibility. I would think that our party leaders would be more concerned with the Democratic party than making the Clinton's happy.

    May 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. Asa For Hillary

    The tide is starting to turn one super deleget that went from clinton to NOBAMA is now back to clinton so we will see who else comes to their senses HILLARY 08 & 12

    May 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. DC, SD

    Hillary Clinton is a person, just like the rest of us. Obama would be seen much differently if the tables were turned. Regardless of the final candidate, the Dems have blown it again. ....and Howard Dean has lead the charge for the DNC.
    I find the drama pathetic and useless, but not the people who are running for election.

    I am a proud Dem and will vote to keep a Bushkin out.

    May 28, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. DJ - Texas

    Hey ya'll be reasonable... There is desparation about the $30 MIL of debt...

    Has anyone noticed that the most repeated statement in her speeches lately has been: "go to and blah, blah, blah..." (And, of course "blah, blah, blah" = "send me some money" )

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  25. Disgusted

    I am amazed that people can actually listen to Hillary and still come away with the idea that she is a good...anything. Calling on women to vote for her just because she's a woman? Hard to play the sexism card when you're the one who dealt it.

    While I really can't justify even registering to vote with our choices, if Hillary becomes president I just might leave the country. If the American people are stupid enough to trust her and believe that she cares about anyone but herself, then they are not my people. Democrat, Republican, Independent, it doesn't matter. Hillary Clinton has no integrity. Enough said.

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
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