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. semp

    Just think Gov ... you cudda had a V8 and skipped eatin this turkey.

    May 28, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Larry, MI

    She's also delusional, destructive, divisive, and polarizing.

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Vote Democratic!!

    LOL @ Johnny

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Tom

    she is and has been desperate for weeks!

    to the Obama camp: do NOT underestimate what she, Bill & their surrogates are capable of!!!

    they will do EVERYTHING in their considerable power to steal this nomination from the candidate who's won the most delegates. it's going to be a long and bloody fight AT LEAST until the final gavel at the convention and possibly beyond if there's any truth to this running as an independent talk. DO NOT take anything her camp says in negotiations as being in good faith! this is an intelligent, highly disciplined (I'll give her that) arrogant narcissist who thinks the oval office is her birthright and will not hesitate to burn the village. the worst is yet to come – HANG IN THERE AND WIN THIS THING!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. mama coo

    What is pathetic is Obama fans constantly whining about Senator Clinton. What are you all afraid of? Why shouldn't she continue with the campaign. You Obama fans love to talk about the rules, well the rules state 2025 wins the nomination. Senator Obama does not have that as of yet so playing by the RULES, he hasn't won anything. End of story. Get a grip and let it play out.

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Desmond Sequeira


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

    Run Obama run
    Run Obama run
    Run Obama run ...right out of town on a rail.

    Go get 'em Hillary
    And at your inauguration, have as your thme song,
    The Impossible Dream..."to dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe"

    May 28, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  8. noemi in los angeles

    If the dems blow this thing in November, and we get 4 more years of a Republican administration, I will be sick. This should have been a SLAM-DUNK for the dems…it should not have even been CLOSE…not after the 8 years we have had to endure of Mr Bush…

    RE: Try telling this to Clintonistas... they seem to be thinking for themselved and not the party. Clinton is a Democrat just like Obama. They virtually have the same policies, the only difference is their intergrity, charisma, and honesty. I don't know why they would vote for someone who represents the exact opposite of Clinton-- Clintonistas, would you vote for INSANE MCCAIN if Clinton was the nominee?? Why not? Oh, because Clinton represents the values and policies you embrace?? Oh, wait, Obama does too... does that mean you would stab your own values and policies simply because you cannot take a loss?? You're pathetic.

    May 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. carlo

    Wow, the reach of this woman is mind-boggling. The Clintons have blacklisted and defamed so many people who have gone against their way of thinking. I'm inclined to believe that all of the superdelegates are supporting Obama but are so deathly afraid of the wrath that is Clinton that their lips are sealed until the coast is clear.

    It's like Obama is defeating Grendel or something.

    May 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. rene'

    ok for all of those who still have hope in the great hillary hype...why is john mccain not focusing his attention on her, but instead everything is aimed at obama? i hear people speaking about, and they're very pissed off about it, obama walking around as if he's already gotten the nomination, yet john mccain and the other republicans alike have already began their general election stomp against him? obama is doing what he's supposed to do by preparing for the general election, why isn't hillary? obama has said and has always said that hillary should keep going until the dnc says otherwise. to be honest i feel like hillary already knows that her campaign is dead in the water, nobody's listening to her (and it's not a sex thing either) and that at this point she's become an afterthought...a very distant afterthought. that's what happens when we fall asleep on the job...and u all say u want her to get the calls at 3am. sheesh she cant answer calls at 3pm

    May 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. John Kay

    Wow, i can sense something, Paterson is trying to protect his sit. If not, he will encounter a fierce contest against Hillary for N.Y governorship.

    May 28, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Jackson

    Nice try.

    She's desperate and obviously contacted you to "correct" yourself.

    May 28, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Olivia

    I'm sorry the word is "Obsession"

    May 28, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  14. Ab-Corpus Christi-TX

    I will NOT trust a president candidate who break the rule!
    If she break the primary rules, then she leads to break her promises of her issues ! Be ware!!

    May 28, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Tyme4chaing

    You said it right the first time....Bill must have called and told to retract your true statement.

    May 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. MDW

    Brother man's smart...he dealing with HillBillie's

    This guy want's to cover his butt...she'll want his job next! Brother needs to stay cool and calm and let the craze lady play all her cards...

    Gender etc...BS etc....this is the end ...they need to consider day jobs

    Go Obama 08

    May 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. alex

    Interesting that since the beginning of March more democratys have voted for Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama. 6.5m for Clinton and 6m for Obama. This holds for each month with more votes for Clinton than obama in March, April and May. In terms of popular vote is the momentum clearly with Clinton? is this something the superdelegates will take into account when considering who to endorse?

    May 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. vic nashville,Tn

    We are really sorry We made our mind If Hillary is not the nominee We won’t vote for Obama
    We are not buying what Democratic party selling
    We are not buying what Mainstream media selling
    We know what is going on
    Hillary 08

    May 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. bnoles

    Roger I mean Governor Patterson sounds like you misspoke don't be an Uncle Tom all the educated white people don't respect it& neither do us Afro-Americans guys like you dont' hinder but only encourage uneducated folks to think what they think of us thanks for adding to that dynamic I hate to call a blind man a coward but that was cowardly of you stand by your convictions I know you allegedly& historically are& should be an inspiration to the qoute on qoute the good ole negroes of the USA but not being able to express your true opinions& back tracking for Hillary is why uneducated folks feel we're inferior, puppets,etc. the embodiment of manhood for all Afro Americans (Malcolm X) is turning over in his grave Governor you are capable of accessing situations for what they are like any other public official kind of like the word lynch is sensitive to us Afro Americans so is our so called Afro American leaders acting like they're dumb to appease the status quo which will all believe black or white (& educated) was BLASPHEMY!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  20. captain

    If all those loyal, life-long Democrats who cry,"OBAMA CANNOT WIN THE ELECTION!," simply voted for him, he'd win the election.

    May 28, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. vince

    This is what I find funny. How many Obama supporters say " The DNC is my party"? I bet if you take a look at the 25 or so people who say this over and over, they would have a combined 22.61 years of loyalty to the DNC. When you take away the one real DEM in the 25 the number goes down to about 17. The average Obama supporter has less than 9 months of "party loyalty". You are at the wrong party. You wanted the kegger down the hall. Rumor has it "plastic Jesus" is telling the concentration camp story again.

    May 28, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. J. Cox from Buford, GA

    Everyone knows that Paterson received a call from Hillary threatning to run against him for Governor when his initial term is up so now he is back peddling. Too late...the damage has been done! It's unanimous...Hillary is desparate. Careful David...she is vindictive too. Her seat in the Senate is all but gone when her term is up and she is coming for your job. Don't believe the hype!

    May 28, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. theo

    Oh, she's desperate desperate as Obama is full of BS. Now that's something!!

    May 28, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. Mark Kennedy

    3:00am, 3 June 08 – situation following Democratic Rules Committee decision on Florida and Michigan

    DNC Operator puts Howard Dean in touch with Mrs. Clinton

    Ring.. Ring..
    Howard Dean: Mrs. Clinton?

    Mrs. Clinton: Yes

    Howard Dean: Mrs. Clinton, we, ahh, have a situation?

    Mrs. Clinton: Yes

    Howard Dean: Mrs. Clinton, we have decided to allow a for revote in Florida and Michigan.

    Mrs. Clinton: What? You've got to be kidding me! Why?

    Howard Dean: (Dean mimics his very loud and weird outburst that he did during his Presidential run) Yeeeehaaaa! Look we know that Obama can beat McBush and although you are electable, you look old and tired. Besides your broke and you're dividing the Party. So we'll give you two weeks to campaign in Florida and Michigan. Then we want you to drop out and endorse Obama.

    Mrs. Clinton: That's not going to happen!

    Howard Dean: Okay Mrs. Clinton, I know your tough, however I need to be frank with you, President Bush has a better chance of beating McCain than you do!

    Mrs. Clinton: You know, you're right, being Vice President isn't so bad after all.

    May 28, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Great America

    I think Peterson is hiding something and that the Clintons are blackmailing him.

    Frustration and desperation are not synonymous. It's hard to believe that he meant frustration instead of desperation. She is desperate and frustrated! Desperate to win the Presidency so she could pay off her debt. Frustrated that even though she's doing every dirty tactic, it's just not working for her anymore.

    Too bad dirty politics is the only way Queen Hillary knows how to win.

    May 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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