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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soundoff (759 Responses)
  1. MBFLA

    If Florida delegates are seated as Clinton wishes, then what happens the next time states wish to move their primary earlier? No consequence, so no problem? Ridiculous! Florida did not know Obama when the vote took place plus we were told in every newspaper in Florida that our vote would not result in delegates so many did not vote (in spite of the high turnout). How about Michigan where Obama was not even on the ballot? Clinton is beyond desperate, she is clutching for that last possible straw.
    Face it, you lost by running a poor campaign.

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. TayFORhill


    You are an idiot, the only person dividing this party or this country is you with you ignorrant attacks on senator clinton. Mind you neither has reach the delegate amount to give them the if your attacks made any sense at all....then you would also be calling for sen. obama to get out of this race.....! IDIOT

    We will unite in november and beat John Mccain!! But intill then, lets but out and let the peopl vote and choose the nomminee!

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. JN

    Just another fip-flopper of the Billary Clinton campaign...First she's desperate, now she is frustrated...careful Gov. Patterson, your Governor position maybe the next thing Billary goes after!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. JAZZ

    ...Obama's internal polling showed he was going to get landslided by Clinton in MI... by 20 points. So as a political calculation and to pander to IA voters he made a gratuitous public gesture of taking his name off the ballot in MI... but at the same time he was making a deal with the MI democratic party for his name to be represented in the primary by the line "uncommitted" and to have that publicized ... John Edwards joined the uncommitted line...
    Marc Rubin on Taylor Marsh .com 5/28/08

    It appears the great uniter is just another calculating politician. Blood was spilled and lives were lost to ensure that all Americans had the right to vote. It is obscene that the DNC seeks to disenfranchise voters on a parliamentary procedure. Evidently democracy is just a word to them. In November we will show them unity is just a word also.
    Neither candidate will have the necessary total to be the nominee
    without the automatic delegate vote being a tie-breaker. America is worth fighting for. Taking this split decision to the convention IS playing by the rules. Read'em and weep Obama-fans.

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. al/Alabama

    She is desperate, frustrated, and hopefully GONE!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Jason

    I wil be happy to vote for Hillary or Obama come November. I think what they both have done for our party is awesome! So everyone slinging the mud at each other please stop, save your comments for the republicans. If Obama was in Hillary's position he would not give up either. When all primaries are finished and all superdelegates have pledged we will have a winner. Then we will take on McBush and make history!

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

    Frustration? Sure. But you were about as dead-on as you could have been with "desperation." Maybe you are rethinking of reserving that word now that you've seen the new levels she's going towards these days.

    May 28, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. Lee

    Ha Ha, Definitely the recipant of some angry calls. I'm sure both Bill and Hillary called him everything but a good man. LOL We know what you meant! Desperate, Delusional, the list goes on and on!

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Beverly, Houston

    Deeply concerned in NH

    By the time Hill/Billy gets through she will have smeared Barack so much until she should be thrown out of the Democratic Party. She is in reality though, ruining herself in the process.

    How do you know what Barack will do with her out of the way??

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. IMHO

    Living under Hillary here in NY for the last 4 years, I am going to vote for her and if its not her its going to be John, both of them have ... over the years done many things for the American people, no one yet has been able to point out one good reason to vote for Obama.
    He is a sweet talker (Cult Figure) and I dont see that he has anything else to offer (then the word "change") I guess I just didnt drink the Kool-Aid
    This Country needs more then one word to "change it"

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Montana is Obama Country

    ............................ HEADLINES..JUNE 4th, 2008

    .................................The QUEEN is DEAD............

    .................Hillary & Bill Clinton's campaign heads to the morgue...........

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Paul

    CNN: the primaries are over. Barack Obama has not been running an active campaign against Hillary for three weeks. Hillary can stay in for as long as she wants, but those of us in the real world have moved on to the general election.

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Jeksis

    If Obama wins the nomination (and it seems he will) he will win the Presidency in November. Every voter who doesnt want the Republicans back is going to turn allegiance to Obama in 7 days time whether they are yet to grow to like him or not!

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Unshrub

    The Democrats method may not be perfect, but it is still more fair then the republicans where winner takes all. Unless of course you are Hillary Clinton.

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Maria Satterfield

    If the great mayority of the American people took the presidential elections as a serious matter and understood that we are supposed to choose the MOST QUALIFIED person for the job, not the one with LOTS OF CHARISMA BUT NO EXPERIENCE like Obama, the primaries would be over and HILLARY CLINTON would be now preparing a plan to defeat John McCain, who now will most likely be the next president.

    May 28, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Rollie




    May 28, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Joyce in Florida

    Yes there are some sad people on this post today. And, as usual, the obamabots spewing their typical hatred, etc. SAD SAD SAD. I still believe that Hillary Clinton will be the nominee. I for one can say that this Florida and Michigan thing is FRUSTRATING. Senator Clinton IS NOT desperate. Not counting our votes is FRUSTRATING!!!! Of course, as I stated before, if the shoes were on the other foot and Senator Obama was wanting these votes, people would be singing a different tune. Obama and only Obama has disenfranchised these two states period!!! What a joke he is. He will not win the GE. Only Hillary Clinton is more qualified and tougher and can fight for the presidency. GO HILLARY; WE ARE STILL BEHIND YOIU 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Dunhill_BKK

    I reckon she's both frustrated and desperate. I think Bill is responsible on both counts.

    May 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    The Great Clinton Machine is going to steal this one. Just wait and see. I can see it in Wolf Blitzer and Campbell Brown's eyes.

    This country needs to rise up and stop the crooked politics !!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Wingit

    "If you say this stuff, I won't run against you for the governorship, If you don't I will anhilate you". That was probably a conversation that caused Paterson to backtrack. Always nice to have a chip in your back pocket. NY dems have been trying for a long time to get HRC to say she would not run for governor, but she refuses. Nothing like having a little bit of blackmail available.

    May 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. 2Set

    Hillary is desperate and frustrated. She is desperate to get anything in her favor. She is going to loose the last caucuses. That is why she is frustrated. She did not think another candidate could come close to her in the nomination. This is what led her to her frustrations. She has also showed her true colors by calling this campaign thing sexist. I never heard Obama say, "Hillary can not get the black vote or the male vote, or female vote." But didn't Hillary say, "Obama can not win over the white vote." Be it blue collar or white collar, she said "white vote". That is a blatant racist statement. I even used to like the Clntons until she said that. Oh by the way, doesnt Iowa, Mississipi, and Alabama have white blue collar workers? Or am I in the 5th dimension somewhere

    May 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  22. Ian

    How about "bitter"? ; )

    May 28, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  23. NG

    I would be frustrated too, In fact I am!
    I feel that I have seen three presidential campaigns in a row where the best candidate has been kept from winning.
    For the first time since I could vote, I seriously doubt I will be voting in the fall election.

    May 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Barbara-California

    The question is not that "is she desperate".........the answer is that "yes......she is that desperate......and powerful enough to be able to make this man take back his statement"......which is true in the first place....does anyone see anything unusual about this?,,,,,,,,,yes indeed, it is unusual.....but then, so is everything that happens in "Hillaryworld".....soon it will be over, and we can get back to the
    very serious business of electing a real President of the United States....not just one who wants to " her husband".......she is so very disturbed and causes so very much distraction, but then again that is her game also.....distract and overwhelm, and confuse....that is the Clinton game from day one!

    May 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  25. DrFill

    That's right!
    This guy is blind, and he can see it's over!
    Being a loser should be frustrating.
    Strangely, after getting beat over 30 times by Obama, she hasn't picked up the fact that every election has a winner.........

    May 28, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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