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. Jaime

    She's not frustrated nor desperate. She's totally insane and menopausal.

    May 28, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Marlie:

    The media has been very quiet on Hillary lately. Beware Obama supporters. The DNC is meeting on Saturday, and there are those who would be very happy to call her "the comeback kid" again. Everything is just too QUIET'. It doesn't feel right to me.

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. D.k

    its funny dude. you are rigth on the ball keep it up! "Oops! Governor Patterson got a 3:00 AM call from the Clinton's I see!

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    She wasn't frustrated about MI and FL until she fell behind in the primary. Give me a break.

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Obama all the way....

    I am from NY. This makes me wonder about him. Typical flip-flopper. Says one thing than says another. Same old politics!!

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. minerva62

    I guess Paterson should know something about being desparate, he is a "cheater"!! Look at the facts, she is very much desparate. One minute she's crying like a baby and the next she's letting the "ma" come out, which is it to be? Her role reversal doesnt' work for me.

    May 28, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Moment of Truth

    Please remember what really matters from this election. We want a president that will end the illegal war in Iraq and get our solders back home safely. A president that will fix the economic turmoil, reduce our reliance on oil, improve our educational system, and fix the broken health insurance system. These are the issues we need to worry about. McCain will not do any of these things!!! Either Hillary or Obama is our hope to get our country back from the corporate-controlled white house and the lobby-controlled congress. People who say Obama or McCain, or say Hillary or McCain are driven by emotions and not by reason. You vote will determine what happen to our great country for the next 4 years. Please think hard and use it wisely!

    God Bless you all!

    May 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. BDYB

    Wow! I wonder what Clintocks have on him, Oh well either way the man is spineless.

    May 28, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Sheri

    Govenor Patterson,

    You said it right the first time. DESPERATION!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. William L. Samuel

    She is naturally frustrated in her desperation. Recall, Texas early voting process displayed Obama winning, the Clinton's were requesting recount and legal support. The Clinton's displays desperation and untrusting demeanors. Senator Clinton’s frustrated acts of desperation are desperately clear.

    May 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Mace

    What is it with Hillary saying she will lead in "primary" won delegates? Sounds like she wants to disenfranchise Iowans like myself and citizens of other states who use the caucus system to select our nominee!!! Oh yeah...by the way, let's seat Florida and Michigan (despite supporting their intial ban from the primary process) when she has won those states in a non-competitive contest. I have NEVER seen someone attempt to change the rules of a straightforward competitiion more than Hillary Clinton (that includes when I was 9 and the kids at recess would try to win at kickball by cheating). I sure don't want a President with that kind of moral "laxity."

    May 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Nah. You got it right the first time. She's desperate.

    May 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. iowa clem

    deeply concer NH, believe your state is completely racist, if you look at the numbers before he won Iowa he had a larger lead there, but after that you guys got scared and didn't wanna get on the obama express............shime on your tiny lil town

    May 28, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Andre Weisz

    He has been right two times: she is frustrated and desparate.
    Frustrated because she can not in any way move enough voters her way.
    Desparate because she tries any and every trick to fulfil her personal desire (against that of the people and against that of the very rules she supported herself, when she still thought she didn't need Michigan and Florida at all).
    An ostrich can better count its feathers with its head down in the sand, than Hillary can count the results with her head in the air or in the sand, (refusing to face the valid results).
    Like Bush misled us into the war (with Clinton's support), Clinton tries to mislead us in counting and in pretending she would be the better president.
    Please draw your conclusions, like most of us have already done.
    OBAMA 08 / 12 !!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Sheri

    She is a crazy woman. No wonder men don't want us to hold high political positions. TOO DOG GONE CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    I totally agree with DEEPLY CONCERNED NH . Even some white, Hispanics or black Democrats will not vote for Obama. People wake up, be realistic.

    May 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Margaret

    fine, let her have the FL delegates. Obama still easily wins in pledged and unpledged delegates.

    May 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. stan hale

    Paterson wants Clinton to be President so she can't run for Governor of NY. He is another fantasy land dweller. This race has been over since the first week in March. It has been kept alive by cable news stations and certain mathematically challenged individuals.

    May 28, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. tarr

    Is this primary being held in Africa or the in the great United States of America?

    May 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  20. Texas Voter

    Help me understand-

    1) Florida and Michigan held invalid primaries.
    2) Both Obama and Clinton understood and singed on to the rules for the primaries.
    3) Obama was not on the Michigan ballot.
    4) Obama did not campaign in Florida
    5) The set number by the DNC for the nomination is 2,026.

    And the meeting in Washington this week is to answer? Come on even my son knows the answer to this one.

    Sorry – Michigan and Florida your DNC leaders led you down the wrong path. Do not blame it on Obama or Dean. Put the blame on your own state DNC leaders who made the primary date decision.

    If the decision that comes out of the DNC meeting in Washington in any way damages Obama's chances of being our nominee then our party deserves a lesson. The lesson just may come in the form of defeat in November.

    Be careful DNC leaders meeting in Washington!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. Debra

    I bet the Clinton's bullied him and he got a 3 a.m. call from Hillary. She is desparate, even a blind man can see that.

    May 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Kathy

    I am sure he got a call from Billary . I guess Rendell will have to recant his comments too.

    Everyone can see this, everyone but Hillary and Bill. Even though I am an OBAMA supporter, In the beginning I was okay with Hillary as the nominee. Her negative, destructive and pandering campaigne has been a disgrace, not just for women but for Democrats. I cannot see how she could be OBAMA`s VP now?

    I am trying not to be negative and have no problem with her supporter, but she is being so disengenuous and dishonest with her supporters by giving them hope and fuzzy math and saying every vote should count when she didn`t care about MI and FL until she was losing and is perfectly willing to disenfranchise those voters that stayed home because they were told their votes would not count and now saying caucus votes should not count either. These are the rules, it was good enough to elect her husband twice!

    OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. KC Atlanta

    Gov peterson,what really happened to you,hey you can be honest to me,did hawk carville called you blind judas huu?.

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Pedeen

    Phew!! is Hillary still in the race? and against who?. Hillary just take James Carville, Ferraro and all your surrogates back to New York. Politics of the past wont work this time! . Please leave your legacy intact otherwise people will remember you as the old witherd and bitter woman who kept on shifting goal post to satisfy her power maniac ego!!

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. minerva62

    What if Hillary got the nomination (just joking folks) you think she'd ask Obama to be her running mate? I DON'T THINK SO!! She made that offer once, remember, (because she probably doesn't) this was before she was losing....he isn't running for vp he's running for president. She is so full of herself that it is gagging me and the rest of America. I cried a riveeeeeeeeeeeeeer for youuuuuu, Billary

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
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