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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  1. John

    Wow, there seems to be a lot of psychics commenting here... To say Obama can;t win a swing state because Hillary won it during the primary is short sighted and, frankly, plain stupid. If ALL THE DEMOCRATS that voted in the primary vote for the democratic nominee (read Obama), he would be just as successful as Hillary if she won the nomination (cue Clinton dream sequence) and had ALL THE DEMOCRATS voting for her.... fact is the only way either one would lose is if so called "democrats" (read Clinton supporters), chose not to vote for the nominee. Plain and simple...

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Jason P. from Orange County

    To those that say Obama has zero chance of winning pennsylvania, etc., check out the latest numbers on Real Clear Politics:

    General Election McCain-Obama McCain-Clinton
    National Obama +2.6 Clinton +1.2
    Pennsylvania Obama +5.8 Clinton +11.7
    Ohio Obama +1.3 Clinton +8.3
    Wisconsin Obama +1.6 McCain +3.4
    Virginia McCain +1.3 McCain +10.4
    Florida McCain +8.3 Clinton +3.0
    California Obama +11.5 Clinton +11.3

    Once the dust settles, and the fanatical Hillary supporters realize they really don't want to vote for McKnockinondeathsdoor, these numbers will skew even more in favor of Obama in these states he has "zero chance of winning"

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. SalBal

    So desperately frustrated bunch...

    I would be too after 200m USD and 200m hours of hard work...

    Obama 08!

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Winthorp

    I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Anyone who votes for McCain Because Hilary lost is simply blinded by all her negative propaganda. Barrack and Hilary have similar standings on most issues. The only difference, is that while Obama has been actually been focusing on those issues, Hilary has based her campaign around focusing on his mistakes while making alot of her own. Oh the fact that Obama's source of spiritual worship is as nutty as squirrel crap.

    May 28, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Kathy

    My question to the “under 30 generation” who for the first time in their lives “found their voice”… in Obama…..where have you been? Why not until now have you not exercised your right to vote? You place your faith in a man who has not been tested, pocesses little record of accomplishment and little to no experience in international or economic matters. Go back and check the record…Obama released his platform weeks after Clinton released her Solutions For America agenda. His were extremely similar to hers. The Clinton campaign reacted to the release of the Obama platform by saying…”at least his is not that different than ours” So I ask you, what does this man stand for when he copies what it convenient to his campaign? For shame!

    Life to you folks seems rather simple. I suppose in your minds, Obama offers a sense of entitlement both for himself and his supporters - your/his time has come. The simple fact is that if you look past his rhetoric there is little substance. You buy into his chant of “change..yes we can” with little thought or experience as to the complexities involved in bringing about change. Some of you worship him like he is a “messiah”, here to save us from ourselves. He may in fact be anointed the nominee, and you like him, will think nothing can stop you. A country cannot have economic security and growth without first securing national security. The simple and relevant truth is…….. One can fool some of the people some of the time…but not all the people…. all the time

    McCain may represent a party for which I may not find a lot of common ground however, I respect his honor, integrity and sacrifice to our country, the scars of which he still bears as a testament to his courage…. And I will place my hope for change in him.-he is not Bush… He has earned my respect and most likely my vote and the votes of millions of others who feel the same way.

    For the sake of our country and that of our future….thank god there are more of us than you, and we will not allow this fantasy to continue past Nov. DNC party chairs and uncommitted superdelgates… either stop this false prophet now….or we will do so with our votes come Nov.

    And to all those, Obama supporters, who have previously responded to my comment, or wish to now I say this…you are being fooled by the joker himself-Obama. Study up on your American history….this man will put up a pretty decent fight, however in the end, he will join the ranks of Kerry and other far-left liberals….bitter and clinging to his religion wondering why he came so far only to have the door slam shut on him.

    May 28, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. An American in Canada for David

    Why don't you go and clean up your dirty little house. You are the one that is desperate and how you got to be governor is beyond most of us.

    Gee, let me guess, the African-American Gov. David Paterson is for Barack H. Obama, what a surprise.

    You are an adulterer, a drug user and a liability how come you are still in power?

    Take Note Gov. Paterson, H.R. Clinton will be the next President, but you better believe when your term is up, you will be no where near power again.

    Who is desperate? You are Desperate, you ingrate.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. BC

    All these politicians should go back to high school to learn how command English.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. isis dagmar

    To "Deeply Concerned in NH:"

    Obama cannot carry California? I live in California, and by the latest polls conducted by the LA Times, he is beating McCain here by 7 points, whereas Senator Clinton is beating him by 3 points–so actually, at this point, he is more likely to take CA than she is. Frankly, I am happy to say that CA is a reliably Democratic state–we vote for the Democratic candidate. Obama will win CA.

    As for the other states you mentioned: As far as I am aware, Obama is considered competitive in all those states and is beating McCain in several, though not by as much as Clinton. However, in other possibly important states like Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia, he is doing far better than Senator Clinton against McCain and could possibly win those states for the Democrats.

    My point is that they are both at an advantage in certain states and at a disadvantage in others–but all it will take is for the party to unite around the eventual nominee and we will have no problem avoiding 4-8 more years of policies very similar to Bush's.

    So, the most important thing is: we must unite. I think we're smart enough to remember that.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Linda of Atlanta

    David Paterson, how did the Clintons threaten you? "Desperate" was the perfect description of her behavior! Too bad you don't have the testicular fortitude to stand by your own words even when they are obviously true. Shame on you!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Anita - AZ

    Not according to the Gallup pole. Obama and Clinton are winning over McCain. After McCain rant about Obama not visiting Iraq, McCain is toast. Obama has created NEW SWING STATES. Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. BrendaK

    RIP Democratic Party.. and you can thank Hillary and Bill.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. Democrats Unite

    He must have gotten a 3 am phone call.

    May 28, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  13. Frankie

    Let's go Hillary, go all the way until the convention!!!

    Hillary 08!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Doreen

    Hillary should also receive full Michigan votes as well. Obama strategically took his name off the ballot in Michigan because the polls showed that Hillary would wallop him; then Obama pushed very hard for people to vote "uncommitted" on the ballot and Hillary still walloped Obama ("Uncommitted") in Michigan. In addition, Obama's cronies in the Michigan legislature blocked a new primary from being held in that state and they admitted on national TV, as the polls showed that Hillary would wallop Obama by even a wider blow out than she did in January. Therefore, Hillary besides the fact that she should be awarded all the votes and delegates she earned in Florida, but also in Michigan as well.

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Steve

    What a suck *ss Patterson is . . . capitulating to the Hillary "nutcracker." I am so tired of reading and hearing about the Clintons.

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Gail

    It is very obvious here that Patterson got a strong reprimand from the Clintons. Patterson was right the first time – Hillary Clinton is desperate and despicable!
    Bridgeville DE

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Ron from Canada

    This is a historic year for our Southern friends and neighbours. You get to make history by sending either a woman or an African-American man to the November election. You are also witnessing the single-most shocking act of selfishness by a politician in recent memory. What Hillary Clinton is doing to Obama's campaign, considering she is supposed to be on the same team, is nothing short of disgusting. Get out of the way, Clinton – the whole world needs Obama to clean up after the worst Presidential Years in recent history.

    Canucks for Obama!

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Speak the truth

    Both words apply to her. She is desperate as well as frustrated.
    Give me a break

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Keith Hunter

    I cannot imagine for one split second that if Hillary were ahead in delegate counts and had won the caucus states that she would be pushing the Michigan and Florida situation as she is.

    This situational advocacy of Florida and Michigan, which only became her mantra when she could percieve no other strategy, is truly one of the more pathetic political ploys I have witnessed.

    And we think George Bush's spin on Iraq was bad? seems Hillary can spin a few twists of realities of her own.

    May 28, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  20. jp/michigan

    I strongly believe we are making a big mistake with Obama! Hillary is a better candidate, but you cannot fight the powers to be, meaning the DNC and the super delegates. But we can hold them accountable and believe me we will. They have long ago chosen Obama, instead of using common sense , they choose to go with the numbers of 48 states instead of 50. This in it self will be the destruction of the Democratic party under Howard Dean. They gave way to caucuses that are not the majority of the people speaking , just a few. Their mistake will go down in the books, just like the Bush era, filled with false facts and deceptions.

    May 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  21. j

    Did she read the rules that she agreed to abide by when she chose to run? Does she care at all about the party? If so, take on a more unifying tone, HRC. You're hurting the party. I hope she suspends her campaign after the last primary, allows the process to continue, and puts the party first, her ambitions second.

    May 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. Voice of Reason

    Nevernverobama: Why do insist on calling Hillary a 'baby girl'. I'm a woman who is supporting Obama, but I find your comment to be sexist. You should know better.

    May 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    No back peddling! You were right the first time. Can anyone PLEASE tell me how she can go on when she is broke and in debt?

    May 28, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Da Indian

    You Yanks deserve Hillary! Obama is too nice to be your president!

    May 28, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  25. Ratgurl

    Can anyone say "threat"? I guess he didn't want to "disappear" like the others.....

    May 28, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
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