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. Deeply Concerned in NH

    I am so tired of everyone debating this over and over...

    There is one KEY FACT that everyone is missing:
    The democratic system of allocating pledged delegates is a JOKE!. Watching some of these caucuses that I see, it is very simple to skew those numbers. Additionally, since the democrats do not have a "winner take all" system, it is very easy to miss the fact that with Hillary winning all the large states, she would more than likely have a substantial lead in the pledged delegate count, if not have already clinched the nomination!!

    The crucial mistake that HRC's campaign made was not taking the caucus process seriously. Since Obama did, he got virtually ALL the caucus delegates, very damaging in this type of election.

    We cannot ignore that Obama CANNOT win the so-called "swing states in November. He has ZERO chance of carrying Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, Ohio and Florida. If you cannot carry those states..YOU CANNOT WIN THE WHITE HOUSE!

    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 should not have even been CLOSE...not after the 8 years we have had to endure of Mr Bush...

    May 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. What if?

    R. Cooper May 28th, 2008 5:41 pm ET

    Oops! Governor Patterson got a 3:00 AM call from the Clinton's I see!
    I agree R. Cooper, wow, this was quick, were you tired or did you miss-speak Governor Patterson?.

    May 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Nick

    Hillary clinton has become pathetic. Iif hillary wants Florida and Michigan to be seated so bad, fine then. It puts obama over the top to become the Democratic nominee anyway. Goodbye Hillary i once had respect for you.

    May 28, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Reese from NC

    No, David, You got it right the first time. I am really starting to feel sorry for both the Clintons. They have lost all grasp of reality.....
    I am over now. Had myself worried there for a second.

    May 28, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. No Way

    Why it was the truth!

    May 28, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. the longer it goes......

    desparate' frustrated, that's how I feel about this primary race too!

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. dave

    He had it right the first time.

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. John

    She is desparate, perhaps, but so is this nation! The US needs Hillary Clinton as badly as she needs us!

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Eddie

    Hay Oracle –

    The key difference here is if you were to continually bash your opponent over the head with your club on holes 16, 17, and 18 to make up the deficit. THAT is what HRC is trying to pull here.
    Or, if you only won because you made more holes in less putts on the putting green than your opponent.

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. sophia nyc


    You called her desperate. We all heard you.

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. Maya


    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Brian

    I will never understand why there are Dems who live Bill Clinton when his and Hillary's incompetance gave us Newt Gingrich and a Republican congress two years into his FIRST term.

    May 28, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Dave

    Dave, you used the correct term the irst time. She is desperate and almost in a panic.

    May 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Travis (in the real world)

    Instead of "FRUSTRATED" or "DESPERATE" how does "BITTER" sound

    May 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Whuzi pure desperation.

    May 28, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Eric

    This guy is scared. What kind of blackmail did he receive from Hillary's camp? I guess just the idea of seeing her returning to NY state is enough to terrorise anyone.

    May 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Dean

    Sounds like Paterson got a "desperate" phone call from Billiary to quickly make a retraction!

    Shes done! Go home!

    May 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Marge Hibbing Mn

    He had to make up something after all how else could he justify that a black man jumped the shark and now supports a black man.

    If a woman said that she supported Hillary all heck would break loose. But then we know that this campaign has been scued around in obamas favor since day one.

    May 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Remember Harry Truman?

    In the 1948 Dem primaries, he was considered the "loser" all the way up to the convention. Nevertheless, he worked his behind off, crossed the country twice by train, talked to the voters about real issues at every whistlestop. His opponent, Dewey, sort of "brushed" him off while delivering "canned" speeches with the big bucks supplied by his supporters. Guess what! Harry woke up the morning after the election THE WINNER! The voters really are NOT stupid, after all. GO ALL THE WAY, HILLARY!

    May 28, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Sandra in SC

    Come on Davie...Get on the Obama bus and lets ride it all the way to the White House!! You don't have a loyalty to Hillary. She's not even a native New Yorker. She just used you for political gain just like she's trying to use the uneducated and the elderly. If she's nice, the Obama bus might pick her broken down campaign bus up from the side of the road.

    May 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. And so it goes

    Paterson is obviously one of the many in the Democratic Party who have received irate, brow-beating phone calls from the Clintons. Any hint of dissention or differing opinion is met with their incredible anger that the individual could show such disloyalty.

    It's particularly hilariouis that Bill said within the last 24 hours that the Obama campaign is bullying superdelegates. Odd to hear that coming from the very campaign that is well-known for bullyiing. Apparently, like everything else, it's only OK when the Clintons do it.

    I'm happy to hear the lawsuits for the disenfranchised states have been tossed out. The Supreme Court has the right to decline to hear the lawsuits. I suspect they will decline, in which case Hillary will blame her defeat on right wingers, left wingers, elitists, subversives, the court system, the media, commies, aliens, and government mind control experiments....

    I wonder, if the Supreme Court declines to hear the lawsuits, if Hillary will be crazy enough to call the justices and browbeat them? Probably so. Would love to be a fly on the wall for that one...

    May 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Gov Patterson......Did you receive a call around 3am?

    May 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. April in Texas

    Well I will agree as Hillary is frusterated that she won't win no matter what desperate attempts she tries..

    Obama 08/09

    May 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. Kelby

    She is so desparate. It is easy to see. I believe that her actions during this campaign have created a sharp divide in the party. It amazes me that after 8 years of bush dems would even consider voting for McCain just because their nominee did not win.

    The democratic platform (the ideals that make the Democratic party) is more important than the nominee who carries it out. Right now, America needs the Democratic party. Right now, America is looking to this group of people to get the country back on track. The Dems need to be unified organized mobilized and determined get the job done.

    We cannot afford to be so ignorant with one another. I'll say it now and I wish others would join me.


    May 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Chamorrita60

    Geee, could Sen. Clinton get any more descriptions (i.e.,frustrated, desperation, delusional, insane, etc.).

    Sen. Clinton is TOASTS, there is no description left in the dictionary to cover her many "personalities". She makes Cybil look like an angel.

    May 28, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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