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. sara, az

    The Hillary camp vocabularly has been SO helpful in our household!

    If my husband or I say something that the other person doesn't like we now just claim that we "mis-spoke" or we were "inartful." When we "apologize" we're sure to say "IF I offended you, I regret it."

    Invariably, the other person starts to laugh 'cause ALL of this campaign-speak is so stupid.

    btw, Hillary IS desperate.

    May 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. alex123

    Frustrated, desperate, I don't care! Just disappear!

    May 28, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  3. Ab-Corpus Christi-TX

    Dearest:
    " Deeply Concerned in NH","leon","NEVERNEVEROBAMA"......etc....
    Read these:
    1.Obama will be our next President
    2. Iraq war will end in the year 2010
    3.The World will respect USA .
    4.Our Dollar will up again........

    Viva Obama 08.....And yes 2012!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Chiwawa

    Why flip-flop.... you were correct the first time... desperate is understament.... pathetic is the description... She is becoming pathetic!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. Not deeply concerned in NH

    Obama has ZERO chance of carrying California, New York, Pennsylvannia? Are you kidding? Those states are blue states and will always be. Ohio and Florida will be a challenge for Obama or Hillary.

    May 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. curtis

    under the present rules even if obama cant win the general he won the primary fair and square. If the super delegates take it from him hillary will not win beauseat least 75% of the black vote will stay at home. So go ahead rules committe fix it were hillary wins the primary and see if any democract can win the general without the most loyal block of the part y participating. (HISTORY) shows us that this is an accurate statement.

    May 28, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Cohiba

    Where is all this "Obama can't win" crap coming from? I recall one of the many debates when HRC wasasked direclty if Obama could beat John McCain, and her response was an emphatic "YES, YES, YES!"

    I guess she was lying about that too. Oh, and what about her pledge to "work hard" for the Democratic nominee? I guess she was lying about that too.

    This is absolutely sickening...HRC is absolutely sickening. And all of her supporters are like sheep walking to slaughter. WAKE UP people! Hillary does not give a crap about you, nor the Democratic party, nor the country. It is, and has always been all about her.

    May 28, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Total Democrat for Obama

    Hillary, go home and take a rest – you're tired. We have heard enough from you, your husband and your daughter. Retire those pantsuits, catch your breath and relax. GOODBYE.

    May 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Tim

    Wow, I wonder how many calls Hillary and Bill put in to this guy, what threats they laid down, and what cabinet positions they promised.

    She is a crook. May this be the end of her political career.

    That must have been a very unpleasant 3am call.

    May 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. Godwin

    Honestly I think she was desperate before she got frustrated.

    May 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  11. barry titus

    It is amusing that Bill complains about press treatment.The media gave Hillary three months of all day advertisementbefore the primiaries and all day coverage, and did not mention her human rights crime against Barry Titusor her theft of his book, or the existence of Suzan Cooper Goldberg, factotum and therapist, or mention whether Chelsea had a job or not.They obstructed justice for her, and Bill wants to cry foul.

    May 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Ian

    Is she desperate about her frustration or frustrated by her desperation?

    That one person can so constructively control an entire national committee to the point where its constituents are fighting against one another, is absolutely amazing and pitiful.

    May 28, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  13. Kristin from Dallas

    Paterson was right the first time: desperate. Hillary and team will use any means to win the nomination. It's very sad, because I'd like to see a female president, but she has to be the right president. Hillary will do and say anything to get elected, just like her husband. It's time to end the Bush/Clinton dynasties. Hillary completely missed the theme that America wants a change in Washington. Early on, her campaign was a disaster. I seriously doubt she has the managerial skills she claims she has (on Day 1).

    Obama deserves to win the nomination.

    May 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. D.k

    i Guess every body on Clinton team is washy washy. you guys are all the same cheep politicians.

    May 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Dustin

    I'd be frustrated too if I was most qualifited for the job and being beaten by rhetoric and baseless promises...

    If we can't have choice number one...move on to choice number two...McCain '08!!!

    (and it's not just out of spite...I truly don't feel that we can risk putting the problems of this nation into the hands of someone with so little experience. McBush or not (even though McCain is the polar opposite of Bush)...we need someone who knows what they're doing)

    (and I loved Obama's little Auschwitz-Bosnia comment yesterday...karma)

    May 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  16. gilbert.................TEXAS

    WE SHOULD VOTE FOR THE PRINCIPLES OF THE PARTY AND NOT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL NO MATTER WHAT PARTY WE ARE AFFILIATED WITH. IF THE PARTY DECIDES TODAY THAT NONE OF THESE TWO CANDIDATES WILL REPRESENT THE PARTY'S POLICIES, I WILL STILL VOTE FOR THE POLICY.NOW IF THE REPUBLICANS DECIDE TO RUN ON THAT POLICY AND THE DEMOCRATS PICK UP THE POLICY THE REPUBLICANS HAVE NOW, THEN I WILL VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.GUYS PLEASE WAKE UP. THIS IS NOT ABOUT OBAMA OR CLINTON OR McCAIN, AMERICA IS IN TROUBLE AND WE WANT A WAY OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  17. Jaun

    Govn Paterson...we know how it is with you. WE KNOW ... FUSTRATION...DESPERATION...DELUSIONAL...DECIET ...DISHONESTY...WE KNOW. AND SHE JUST WON'T LISTEN.
    COLOUR ME BAD...HILLARY NEED TO GO AWAY...JUST FADE OUT.
    DEMOCRATS 08'
    OBAMA 08'

    May 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. delegate

    If you want a democrat as our next president, stop all this back and forth between the Obama camp and the Clinton camp it only benefits the GOP!
    Why do you argue between each other? you know some of these people commenting on here are republicans engaging in Operation Chaos style attacks hoping to divide and conquer our party! and some of you are dumb enough to fall for it and yell back at the opposing camp. The domocrats can crush the GOP, but ONLY and ONLY if we ALL UNITE BEHIND the NOMINEE! no matter who it is! Anyone who would vote republican because Obama or Clinton is the Nominee is only voting for a canidate and not the issues they stand for! if so you are not a democrat!

    May 28, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. Tom,des moines

    I THINK THE DNC NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY THEY SELECT THE NOMINEE PROCESS.

    1. THEY NEED TO GET RID OF THE CAUCUS AND HAVE A PRIMARY SO EVERYBODY CAN VOTE BY THE MAIL OR BY THE POLLING PLACE.
    2. THEY NEED TO GET RID OF SUPERDELEGATE AND LET THE VOTER HAVE THE FINAL SAY,WHO IS SHOULD BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT.
    3. THEY NEED TO BOUNDLE UP THE PRIMARY LET SAY 10 STATES FOR EACH CONTEST FOR 5 MONTH PERIOD, SO WE DON'T HAVE 1 OR 2 PRIMARY AT 2000 MILES APART AND EACH CANDIDATE CAN SAVE TIME AND MONEY AT THE SAME TIME.
    4. THEY NEED TO GIVE A WINNER AT LEAST 65% OF THE DELEGATE,SO WE DON'T HAVE THIS KIND OF MESS THAT WE'RE HAVING RIGHTNOW.

    May 28, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. Jonasthan Swift

    Oh you never can tell. Hillary is probably frustrated and desperate enough that she will try to steal the NY governorship from him. Going back to the Senate as a party pariah- especially if she continues to try to bring Obama down with her faulty and increasingly desperate logic- will not suit thejunior senator from NY. Her aspirations were higher than that. I would watch my back Gov. Paterson.

    May 28, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Cosmic Comedy Queen Go Hillary!!!

    See, even Paterson knows that Hill Baby is not a desperate housewife but a frustrated one....and who wouldn't be, a woman of her stature and all....

    May 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  22. Xavier

    I cant help but wonder what example Clinton is setting for young girls today by her actions. It is one thing to be determined, it is another to blantantly cheat to get your way. Just because it works doesnt make it right.

    May 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  23. Texas Ranger

    The DNC will probably seat half the delegates and gave Florida as is and come up with some formula that by June 3 will put Obama about 40 – 50 short of the new total with Hillary wining PR and Obama wining SD and Montana. This does not take into account any SD moving to his side before this date. I think after the resolution is made public, Obama camp will release some more endorsements to cut into the 40 or 50 shortfall, by June 3, he should have enough SD to reach the new target.

    Hillary new clain then will probably be that she is married to Bill and as his wife she is entitled to half of anthing of his. Therefore, she is entitled to half of his 1992 delegates

    May 28, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. andy

    Patterson said " a little desperation"=frustration=feeling hopless=ready to run at any risk . Sounds unstable, doesn't it ?

    May 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. salemkv

    The more I tinker with this Fla-Mich conundrum, the more I wonder if the DNC hierarchy considered all the possible consequencies of penalizing those states. What a mess ! ! ! !

    May 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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