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. AZM

    I have no idea how this election will turn out. The Republicans should have had no shot what so ever of winning... and now I'm not sure.

    The Democrat Party is in absolute chaos... look at these boards. You would think it's a gang war.

    May 28, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. George in Minnesota

    To: Deeply Concerned in NH

    I'm tired of people arguing this back and forth too. You are right, if Hillary had considered the caucuses important, and if the Democratic party did not have such a strange delegation allocation method, Hillary would probably have won the nomination.

    But I'm glad she's not going to. Her actions druing the campaign have shown that she has a serious character defect, and although I respected her before the primaries began, I lost all respect for her as a result of her actions and comments.

    May 28, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. yeah right

    CHICKEN!

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Alexis

    THE CLINTONS AND THE MEDIA WILL DO ANYTHING TO STOP OBAMA FROM BEING THE NOMINEE AND FOR SURE WIN IN NOVEMBER AGAINST MCCAIN (MCBUSH). WELL IT'S TO LATE HE'S WINNING.

    OBAMA 08.

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Kelvin

    Hillary with all her "experience" lost period, she did not have a back up plan after Iowa. Now the Clinton's have to back pedal all the negative talk about Obama, our next president.

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. DJ - Texas

    I wish I had brail e-mail... but since I dont, somebody read this to Brutha Patterson, the Clintons have LOST their MOJO... They can so longer do harm to you... Stop being SCARED... You are the governor of New York... MAN UP!

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. mike d.

    he got a STIFF talking to!

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Chris from San Antonio

    RE: Deeply Concerned

    I think you fail to miss the fact that the Democratic Party IS NOT winner take all, DOES NOT require a win in only the big states for a nominee, and this primary season certainly DOES NOT mean that because Hillary won CA, PA, and OH, McCain will automatically win in the GE. Grow up and stop the spin.

    May 28, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Vietnam Veteren

    No Govenor, tell me it is not true, did HRC send one of her Henchman, I mean misguided supporter to see you or did Bubba promise you one of his side order. You were right the first time, it is not about party unity its about Hillary and Bubba, They could care less what people think as long as she can steal the election. She already hood wink the majority of you New Yorkers. It want end even when they tell her it is, "How can a black man be elected when I am supported by all of these lower income people who want me to be president" She will not give it up nor go away, she will continue to bur every bridge she crosss.

    May 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. RB

    You had it right the first time. We all know you "got that phone call" last night.

    May 28, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. Colette - LA

    I am so tired of Hillary's polarization and divisiveness. I do not want a president who cannot unite the country and create so much fuss in the name of her HUGE EGO. If what she has done so far is "to help the country and the party," she has proven to me she cannot be president.

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. The Dude

    California is going Democrat regardless...

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Hurricane

    Deeply concerned in NH–I can see you know nothing about politics. No matters whose name is on the ballot in New York or California–the Democrat is going to win. As for the other states–you must seem to think we have 2 Ohios–nope just 1 I am afraid to tell you.

    Those other swing states are called that for a reason–and Obama can win them–check the latest polls before you write a comment. Actually he is beating McCain in all except Florida. You also forget to mention that Obama now puts Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Missouri, and Iowa in play–something the good old Shrew does not.

    Obviously the Governor got a hate call at 3:00 a.m. from the White Witch of the Democratic Party (anyone seen Narnia–what a resemblence to Hillary..hmmm).

    Ladies and Gentlemen–the fat lady is conducting dress rehearsals, they are playing last call, the party is over, and they are about to turn the lights out on the Clinton campaign–which in my opinion has been one of the most divisive, ugly, and mean spirited campaigns I have ever seen. Hillary Clinton has hurt feminism-has offended the African American community–insulted NUMEROUS states and people by saying their caucauses don't count–and she has alienated a huge base of the Democratic Party.

    What saddens me is that those who apparently are drinking her Kool-Aid at her rallies and events cannot seem to come to terms with this all–it is almost like her following is as delusional as she is.

    People–whether good or bad–or indifferent Senator Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic nominee. You can choose to not vote for him or vote for McCain but if McCain is elected and we have four more miserable years–YOU ARE IN NO POSITION TO COMPLAIN because you are at fault–because you voted for him or did not vote at all. This is not about being spiteful because your shrew did not get the nomination it is about this country and the people. I am tired of 8 years of Republicans–and believe it or not but I have been a registered Republican since I could vote–but not no more.

    If we work together–rally around our candidate whether our first choice or not–we can see prosperity in the future. Senator Clinton could be very resourceful and make an impact in the Senate to help President Obama help this country. She can be remembered for being a woman of character and not for the woman she is being seen as today.

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. CM

    I'm sure it's frustrating for Senator Clinton to initially be thought of as a sure democratic party candidate in the upcoming presidential election, and then to not take Senator Obama as a serious candidate, then to come very close to winning but not quite make it! The fact is Obama has beaten her fair and square and she (and her husband) need to face the facts and do the right thing by supporting Obama and doing what's necessary to help him win the election. Obama has shown his effectiveness as a candidate and Clinton has failed to run an effective campaign.

    May 28, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Dew

    Hillary and her supporters keep saying that obama can't win in november, the very same arguement they made prior to the primary. My answer to them is this, where is clinton now and where is obama? Who is leading who now? Who is grasping at everything straw just to stay afloat?

    Come november, history is bound to repeat itself. I wonder what they would be saying then....

    May God bless America!!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Barbara

    I AM 69 YEARS OLD, I HAVE VOTED ONLY ONCE IN MY LIFE TIME AND THAT WAS FOR JOHN F. KENNEDY. IF THE LIKES OF HILLARY CLINTON IS NOMINATED I WILL NOT VOTE AT ALL, I DO NOT BELIEVE IN VOTING FOR ANYONE THAT IS A LIAR, CHEAT, RACIST,
    AND YOU TALK ABOUT BEING EVIL, DARK, NO WAY IN H– WOULD I CAST A VOTE FOR THAT TYPE OF PERSON. I WORRY ABOUT AMERICA IT IS NOT DEMOCRATIC, BUT WHAT IS WORSE, EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT THE CLINTONS BUT NO ONE WILL STEP UP TO THE PLATE, THAT PEOPLE IS VERY DISTURBING AND TROUBLING AND TO COME OUT IN THE MEDIA AND ENDORSE
    SUCH AN INDIVIDUAL KNOWING ALL THE DIRT, AND SICKNESS,
    AND ACUSATIONS THAT PERSON IS LEVELING AT OTHER HUMAN BEINGS AND IT IS THERE FOR EVERYONE TO SEE AND HEAR ,AND, MAKE EXCUSES AND CONDONE SUCH IS DOWNRIGHT SICK. BUT, THANK GOD, YOU CAN NOT BENEFIT FROM EVIL, "IS THAT THE KIND OF PRESIDENT AMERICA WANT?"
    ALL AMERICA BETTER BE CAREFUL, YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

    May 28, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. krissy

    I can't imagine how Clinton thinks this is the way to run for VP. She's alienating not only Obama, but Obama's supporters as well. It's ridiculous (and pathetic) for her to want to seat michigan as is, when Obama was the one that followed the rules by having his name removed from the ballot.
    And florida is almost as bad. That wasn't the will of the people. "The People" didn't know who they were voting for because neither candidate had campaigned there. They were basically voting for Bill Clinton vrs. some black guy.
    Clinton is desperate. And pathetic. And frustrated because she can't seem to get it through her head that she is not entitled to be president just 'cause she put up with Bill all these years.

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. DGH

    Thank you for being loyal to Hillary Clinton. That's worth a lot these days and harder to come by.

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  19. OregonVoter

    oracle of Delaware...you are kidding right? You think playing 18 holes of golf and coming back to win on the last three holes is the same as coming back from a nearly 200 delegate lead? If you came back from being down 30 strokes at hole 15 you might have a comparison. This contest is over if you have any sense of math. Here is a little math for you....if Obama and Clinton split the remaining primary delegates Obama will need 5 superdelegates of the remaining 199 to win. I know you don't want to believe it but your candidate is finished, she just doens't know it.

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. haha

    frustrated or desperate Hillary something mental.

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Unshrub

    Are you sure she's not bitter?

    May 28, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. dipitashick

    Wow! I strongly disagree!
    She is so much more desperate than frustrated!

    May 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. Carlos

    Leon....President Carter was the worse ever? Um, are living in the here and now at all? George W. Bush is the worst President ever (or at least in modern history)....forget Hillary and Barrack...Let's just get that one fact straight...thanks.

    May 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Necie in OKC

    Maybe frustration is the next step after desperate.....because desperate is what he "said". Does all Clinton supporters mis-speak?

    May 28, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  25. Mary

    You had it right the first time. She is desperate and will do anything to stay in the race. What did she say to make you back off?

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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