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. Sheri

    IF SHE'S THIS DOG GONE CRAZY. WHAT WOULD SHE DO IF SHE GOT A 3:00 am phone call? FREAK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. Gene

    Here's the solution to Florida and Michigan.. Florida seats "as is", Michigan seats as is... but all the votes which came in under "other" should be allocated to Obama... since he was the only top tier candidate not on the ballot. That would give Hillary a win in both states... and Obama would still be up by over 150 delegates.. and leaves her nothing to else to cry about.

    Oh wait... next she'll cry that it's not fair to give him the "other" vote because it technically wasn't his name they voted for. No matter what happens.. she's always going to cry foul... but it's ok to change rules you agreed to throughout the whole campaign.

    May 28, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. Dave

    Call it Frustrated call it Desperation. You still lose.

    May 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. real dem

    If Hillary was winning FL and MI this wouldn't be an issue plus all of this lame talk about the DNC process wouldn't even be mentioned but now that she is losing she claims that fl and mi will be disenfranchised, even when she said early on "OH WELL", no FL and MI in the mix and then her supporters are saying O'Bama can't win the key states ( you wanna know why ) It's Racism, nothing to do with his qualifications because Hillary herself said first he was qualified then when she started losing she said he wasn't, Geez People will believe anything ( Hmm Bush comes to mind ) .

    WE DESERVE WHAT WE GOT THE LAST 8 YEARS AND IT WILL CONTINUE BECAUSE MOST OF THE USA IS BIAS.

    May 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. paul oregon

    hope the d n c is ready for a riot if they give this to hillary and company this will be the end of the dem. party . dont understand
    how the rules can get changed in the last quater.

    May 28, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Becky

    The right words would be Hillary clinton is frustrated and Desperate

    May 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Betty Coar

    I would wonder if Obama was in Hillary's shoes wouldn't he be doing the same. Of course, what do you think he is doing now. He is not fit to be the Presidsent of the US, face it Obama people, you can't that is why you are so mean and angry. So if he does make it I can't wait to hear everyone crying that he is such a terrible Presiden. For one I will not vote for him under any condition. I love my country too much to vote for him.

    May 28, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  8. steven

    Sen. Hillary Pathetic Clinton. She Never Reads The Fine Print.
    Cry Baby Hillary, Kicks and Screams until she gets her way.

    May 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Joe Terrogano

    I find this primary to be very odd. The spokespersons keep denying my reality. Hillary is not desperate, although she has tried every trick in the book to derail Obama. Bill Clinton claims Hillary is being picked on, while she has gone very negative in her campaign. It seems reality and truth are being suspended for the "spin". The problem is that I remember Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley. A lot less "opinion", a lot more reporting, and above all, integrity.

    May 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. POST THIS

    hillary "THE GREATEST REPUBLICAN EVER"clinton NEVER SEEMS TO AMAZE ME WITH THESE "SHOCK AND AWE "CAMPAIGN TACTICS

    May 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  11. MMB

    Of course she wants the rules changed now though she agreed to the punishment of Florida and Michigan early on. She must be shocked that all Americans aren't in love with her. Get over yourself lady!

    Obama has played by the rules and is winning fair and square. If we, the white power structure, change the rules now, we are guilty of extending Jim Crow into the 21st century!

    Midwesterners tend to make great presidents. Perhaps it's time for another one.

    May 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Tony

    Horsepucky Deeply Concerned in NH!!! Just because Clinton won those states does not indicate that Obama cannot in the fall.

    Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, and Florida are all winnable (I'm not going to count Ohio twice as you did) for Obama.

    In fact I'd say all but Florida due to Clinton's misinformation campaign and Pennsylvania for demographic issues are locks. Heck, I think with a good ground game he can win my state of Kentucky (if Lexington and Louisville play the role of anchor well enough).

    I can't believe you even throw NY and CA into your post. Do you really believe that Obama cannot carry those states? Surely, you do not believe McCain has a remote shot in either state?

    HRC should be booted from the party for the damage she has attempted to do to the party in Michigan and Florida in an effort to hijack the nomination.

    May 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. T1

    What is even more pathetic than hrc herself are some of her supporters, who are drumming up support to vote for McCain since their precious leader won't be the nominee.

    Yeah that is really smart hrc robots – vote for McCain to continue destroying our economy, our global credibility, and continue getting our troops killed in an endless war just out of spite. How irrational.

    Obama 08 and 12

    May 28, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. Max

    Why does Hillary have such trouble winning over educated voters? Is it that...the smarter you are, the more you see her for what she really is?

    May 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. Dan from Wisconsin

    Hillary could care less about the American people......all she cares about is Hillary. The only reason she is pushing for the votes to count in Florida and Michigan is because she doesn't want to lose, NOT because she cares about the voters in those 2 respective states. Now she and Bill are playing the feel sorry for me game.....it is a cover up, it's because she's a woman....NO it's because she is very good at stretching the truth, see all those years of experience, i guess being a first lady and governors wife means that you are the most experienced candidate in politics. Whatever.

    May 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Deeply Concerned is an idiot

    Dude, if you think McCain would beat ANY democrat in CA – you have no handle on reality – then again, since you can't seem to separate a dem vs. dem race from a dem. vs. rep. race, maybe you don't have any handle on reality. Just because the spin-machine and name recognition of Clinton beat Barack in a few machine-politic states doesn't mean anything about Barack beating McSame. This is COMMON SENSE!!!! But lets go paragraph by paragraph shall we?

    Pledged delegate allocation: You are right, it is a joke. It should be one person, one vote. No delegates, no electoral college, just citizens voting. BUT since that is the system we have currently deal with it. Quit comparing it to the REPUBLICAN system and whining because if we were Republicans Hillary would have the nomination. If that is how you feel – go join them!

    Not taking Caucuses seriously: Hillary doesn't even consider those votes in her "I'm winning the popular vote" count. How can you claim to care about what the people want when to suit your own ends you COMPLETELY IGNORE the votes of millions upon millions of people?!?!?

    Swing states: Again, if you think that Obama won't win CA and NY in his sleep against McCain, you are a total idiot! The rest of your favorite states (see, there are many swing states that he won and Hillary lost – but again, those states and those votes don't seem to matter to you or Hillary...) are VERY winnable by any democrat.

    Slam Dunk: You are right, this election should be a slam dunk. We'll see how much damage Clinton does. I'm sorry – you don't confuse being shot at by snipers with listening to poetry written by an elementary school girl. She lies to suit her ends. She has no regard for how her bitten, false attacks hurt the democratic party and the nation. Pull back a second and try to see simple facts......I have faith in your ability to see the light.... I have... HOPE!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Larry

    CNN's only purpose for posting this was to have a negative Clinton story. Desparate, frustrated...regardless just another piece of anti-Clinton propoganda.

    May 28, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. R Garcia, Northern Cali

    How can these Clintonistas say that Obama won't carry Ca, Mi,NY? Facts are facts: These are DEMOCRATIC States! Democratic states vote. . .wait for it, democratic! He'll get some new swing states also like Co,NM,Wa, etc. Clinton changed the rules 1000 times and all these pukes in the DNC are too scared to say something to this monster B-I-spell the rest. Supers are also too scared to support who they want, they've had way more than enough time to make that decision. If this isn't over, and Barack isn't the nominee, we will have to bow down to $8 gallon gas, and more wars in Iran, and Nigeria. These people are kidding themselves, ALL THE CLINTON SUPPORTERS FEEL THE SAME SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT THAT CLINTON FEELS, IT MUST RUB OFF ON IGNORANCE.

    May 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. Adam from NY

    I think "desperation" was just right.

    May 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. Karl Clark

    You were right the first time.

    May 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  21. fed-up with clintons

    How much did they have to threaten him? Huhhhh!!! People think please!!! Clinton is trying to push and buy her way to the nod!! I would have supported her if Obama (our generations great leader), but now will never even in 2012., 2016 etc!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  22. concerned

    The bigger story – Patterson realize HRC will not win the nomination and will eventually return to NYC – tell me how uncomfortable this scenario will be for Patterson. Can you imagine running into her at events and apologizing for your comments. The Clinton's are vindictive and will wait to strike those who DARE to disagree. Poor, poor Patterson – you should of went with Obama when you had a chance. He could of found a place for you in his cabinet. Too late...... You're in the dog house now buddy.

    May 28, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. Deeply Concerned is an idiot

    CNN Please Post!!

    Dude, if you think McCain would beat ANY democrat in CA – you have no handle on reality – then again, since you can't seem to separate a dem vs. dem race from a dem. vs. rep. race, maybe you don't have any handle on reality. Just because the spin-machine and name recognition of Clinton beat Barack in a few machine-politic states doesn't mean anything about Barack beating McSame. This is COMMON SENSE!!!! But lets go paragraph by paragraph shall we?

    Pledged delegate allocation: You are right, it is a joke. It should be one person, one vote. No delegates, no electoral college, just citizens voting. BUT since that is the system we have currently deal with it. Quit comparing it to the REPUBLICAN system and whining because if we were Republicans Hillary would have the nomination. If that is how you feel – go join them!

    Not taking Caucuses seriously: Hillary doesn't even consider those votes in her "I'm winning the popular vote" count. How can you claim to care about what the people want when to suit your own ends you COMPLETELY IGNORE the votes of millions upon millions of people?!?!?

    Swing states: Again, if you think that Obama won't win CA and NY in his sleep against McCain, you are a total idiot! The rest of your favorite states (see, there are many swing states that he won and Hillary lost – but again, those states and those votes don't seem to matter to you or Hillary...) are VERY winnable by any democrat.

    Slam Dunk: You are right, this election should be a slam dunk. We'll see how much damage Clinton does. I'm sorry – you don't confuse being shot at by snipers with listening to poetry written by an elementary school girl. She lies to suit her ends. She has no regard for how her bitten, false attacks hurt the democratic party and the nation. Pull back a second and try to see simple facts......I have faith in your ability to see the light.... I have... HOPE!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  24. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Patterson, we don't have to worry about you winning your next election.
    Hillary, just won it. Better there than here.
    You are just sorrowful.

    GO OBAMA 08 & 12

    May 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  25. Molly

    The comments are a DISGRACE to your candidate! Does obama approve of this – maybe that is WHY the party will NEVER come together to WIN. Guess this is the obama "type"

    To the obama group – please answer this one question – I would consider voting for obama BUT –
    WHY did OBAMA BLOCK RE-VOTES in FL & MI????????
    This is a MAJOR problem for me – because a REVOTE would fix all these problems.

    May 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
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