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. Kiah

    Um yeah whatever! Why is this relevant?

    May 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Harerta Tesfa

    Brian from Knoxville,
    It's true the selection process is not perfect. But what is at issue is that Hillary's revelation about the imperfection of our system came after she started losing. The intelligent and experienced person that she is, you would have thought she would've scrutinized the system not today, but even before Clinton run for president in 1991. She didn't, and now it's too late to want the system changed pronto to accommodate her.

    May 28, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Fazio

    No, no, Governor, you were right the first time.

    She's desperate.

    May 28, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. linda from South Dakota

    poor paterson,, hes been ****whipped by hillary,, hahaha,,, yes she desperate and she and her husband will do like they did before,, anything illegal or not, to get what they want,,, i'd rather have my cat be president than her,,, hillary give it up,,, You give a bad name to women,,, shhhhhhhhh-up,,,GO OBAMA!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Donna

    To Leon-I disagree that Jimmy Carter is the worst president we've had. He'd have to go a long way to be worst than the Bushes. Funny, how Mr. Carter seems to be the only prior, living president who has not become a multi-millionaire since leaving office and has done so much good with Habitat for Humanity. Get real.

    May 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |


    May 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  7. sacto joe

    Clinton is a manipulative lawyer/politician who has crossed the boundaries of civility time an time again.

    At one point I would have agreed that she should be considered for VP, but no longer. She has gone to far.

    That is truly unfortunate for the women's rights movement. But in the long run, it serves them to repudiate these kinds of tactics.

    May 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. BettiH, Indianapolis, IN

    He had it correct the first time...She's desperate as h%&l.

    May 28, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. JB

    To deeply concerned in NH:

    Obama cannot win NY??? Are you one of those people that think because Hillary won NY in the primary, Obama cannot in the general election. That is idiotic.

    He will NY and MA. PA would be a slam dunk if he picked the right VP. McCain has serious problems in Ohio, worse than Obama. McCain for that matter has just as big problems in CA and FL.

    You cannot compare the GE to the primary.

    Also, keep in mind Bill Clinton was getting trounced by George Bush, prior to the general election starting. To jump to conclusions only shows your bias towards a losing candidate, Hillary.

    May 28, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. LJ

    Hillary is desperate and clinging to her campaign. Hillary will be a has been Presidential candidate with no hope of ever again being a contender. She belongs in the pile of ex-candidates and the sooner she leaves to take her rightful place there, the better off we'll all be. Desperate is not pretty on a woman.

    May 28, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Jon

    LOL... I can think of LOTS of adjectives and adverbs to describe Clinton besides 'frustrated'.

    She simply can't keep changing the laws of politics, mathematics, and even common sense. She can't manage her husband or her campaign, so we should elect her to manage our country – WHY?

    Bow out and try again next time. Your only current value Hillary is entertainment.

    May 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Bill in CA

    I can't be the only one who realizes this entire debacle is tantamount to the manure that comes out of bulls. There is no Florida-Michigan delegate controversy. There are no disenfranchised votres. There is only the rules the DNC set out, Hillary agreed to, and Florida and Michigan violated. Period. Anything beyond that is moving the goal-posts... in the fourth quarter... after the losing team decided that you're allowed to use your hands if you're playing soccer in America.

    May 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  13. frank, las vegas

    It appears that Patterson is not a man of his words. I am disappointed that he could not stand his ground in the face of an obvious truth! Hillary is dangerously desperate, and needs to be rescued before she ruins the democratic party and her political career. Presently, I cannot trust her words or remarks – she reminds me of her husbands remarks (while wagging his finger) : " I did not have anything to do with that woman (lewinsky)", most people believed him until the DNA studies proved him wrong. The Clintons are pathological liers, it is very difficult for most people to see their deceit, hence they are able to drive people around their agenda. I am not suprised that even Patterson is now one of their prey! But they cannot deceive the entire DNC nor the rules committe! I believe that America has more clever people than the the Clintons!

    May 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  14. Ron

    Like a whining brat that won't go away. She was beaten by an unknown senator with no name recognition. If she cannot beat him how does she expect to win the general election? By singling out a few states them she says you must win how that make the other 40 states feel a little disenfranchised. The govenor better be watching his back when she gets back in town.

    Go Obama / Edwards 08

    May 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. DWB

    John McCain does not need to tell Obama where to go or how to campaign . Mc Cain should have his hands full taking care of his own business. The latest news about Scott McClennan book makes McCain part of the problem sourounding the Iraq war . It does not make McCain look too good being part of this mess or even having fund raisers behind cloosed doors with the president . Cindy McCain hates the president but did a photo opt kiss with him at the fund raiser.

    May 28, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Is the Governor a little desperate or frustrated or both?

    May 28, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. RB TX


    Just say no the the man full of hype with no substance. Look past his words and look at the issues. He is coke snorting, teleprompt reading change his mind on the issues fool.

    Hillary we support you all the way.

    May 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. Don in Florida

    Obama won fair and square. He didn't make the rules, he just played by them. He's a testament in determination. If anyone should be playing the Rocky theme it should be him. Actually, Rocky had an easier path then Obama. Who would have thunk it? I was ready to vote for Clinton after voting twice for Bill but Obama captured my imagination. The little train that could. Sen Clinton has no one to blame but herself. She had this in the bag but like most favorites, she started to believe the press that she was the nominee in waiting. All the while Obama just kept racking up victories. Obama deserves alot of credit for what he's accomplished, even if he didn't win the nomination. No one who believes in fair competition can begrudge Obama the nomination. And fair competition is the American Way.

    May 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. A CANUCK


    May 28, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. carolyn

    Stay in until aug. the difference is this guy has not been bought and paid for like the rest of them. check it out obama bought them Hillary go girl stay the course until people see the truth,the poster boy will fail.hw will lose in nov.

    May 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. nunya

    Here's the thing: HC and ALL of her people in the DNC rules committee voted for the FL and MI penalty. They all said it was fair. Then, they pledged to not campaign in FL and agreed that none of the candidates should appear on the MI ballot. NOW...

    Also, how can they claim that counting MI and FL is the only fair and equitable solution, if Obama supporters were unable to vote for their candidate in MI simply because their candidate played by the rules. Similarly he kept his word to not campaign in FL. In addition, young voters, unlike old folks, don't go and vote when they are told the election means nothing (cause they have jobs and bills and lives), so the FL votes does not truley represent the people of FL. How then can HC claim she has all the equities? Oh yeah, desperation....

    May 28, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Dancindukes

    Bill and Hill need to sing that old country song "The party's over– it's time to call it a day".

    She will continue to make a great senator from NY.

    It is clear that the majority of the dems do not want her as president. It is getting harder and harder to respect both of them. Florida and Michigan are too flawed to seat anyone from their so called "elections".

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. Robin in Florida

    The DNC are to blame for handing down a very draconian punishment to Florida and Michigan. Unfortunately, Clinton is pouring salt onto open wound by demanding that the invalidated votes be counted. This isn't fair because alot of Floridian Democrats like myself didn't vote "because it was going to count". What she should be doing is pushing for a RE-VOTE, which would be fair and more democratic. However, she is not trying to do this, instead and she's take the FL/MI counts they as they currently stand so it would tip the election immediately in her favor. This is extremely sly and can only be seen as an act of desperation, which I find is very despicable because she's only putting own herself interests first instead of a more fair election for FL/MI Democrats.

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. mike

    I guarantee Good ole Bill called the new Governor and make him retract. Or maybe it was someone like Lanny Davis, Harold Ickes or the Senator of NY herself, Hillary Clinton. Whoever it was probably made him feel bad that he called it like it is.

    It will all be over soon enough (I hope) - this is a nightmare. When will she go away!....

    May 28, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. NBC

    Hey, all you poor southern whites!!! The north fought the south to abolish slavery. Most poor white dirt famers (your ancestors) were worse off than the slaves. What were they fighting for? And what are you trying to hold onto? Something you should of let go of a long time ago.

    May 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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