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.

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soundoff (759 Responses)
  1. bill in pa

    Hillary Clinton has proven herself time after time to be a liar. She's one of the worst politicians to attempt to run for president in my lifetime. As far as I'm concerned she can go p!ss up a stump along with her 'loyal followers'

    May 28, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Pat

    I have read what I believe to be some nasty comments in these blogs, so who is desperate?

    May 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. bernice

    I'm with Obama. Say nothing and let Hillary and John keep talking. Makes them both look more and more desparate. LOL

    May 28, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. independent 1

    poor Clinton loyalist. he knows she done for! but couldn't bring himself up to admit it to her supporters. just because Obama looks weak and HRC looks strong now it dose not mean she has the better hand in the GE. i believe the delegates in MI and FL should be seated: not in the matter that favor any candidate, but in a fair way to the voters. the dream ticket propaganda is a desperate way to go for the DNC since HRC dose not bring anything Obama dose not have to the table. in fact it is highly disastrous since it seems like she have chosen the path of self distraction by attacking her team and widening the gap. it is now too late for obama too try to bring her on board or even for her to ask for the VP spot nicely. withe all the resentment and division the clintons have caused, if she some how ends up being the nominee then it is for sure Dems. will lose in nov.

    May 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. steven

    I Quess The New Requirement for running For President is;


    Minorities Need Not Apply

    America will never change, wer'e one big fraud

    May 28, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. s.boatman

    Desperate, Frustated, Bewildered,.. Whatever! Im Glad She Will Finally Have No Choice But To Shut Her Blow Hole! Obama 08!

    May 28, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Listen

    I guess Bill threatened to give his hooker # to the press so he is back tracking.

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


    May 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. Dan

    "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.

    Patterson is clearly going to endorse Senator Obama after June 3rd.

    Yes We Can.

    May 28, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. bornwell

    maybe Billiary phoned and said they might start getting interested in the New York governorship

    May 28, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  11. I'm the one frustrated

    This is getting ridiculous and extremely frustrating for those of us ready ready to crush the Republicans in November.

    The more this continues, the more I know that I won't vote for Clinton, just like I can't vote of McCain. If this is how Clinton has to win the nomination, then I want no part of the Clintons again. I'll vote Libertarian.

    The thought of NO MORE CLINTONS and NO MORE BUSHES would be a dream come true!!

    May 28, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  12. DeVone

    Senator Hillary Clinton need to support Senator Obama
    and say this is A merica, the world look at the stupid
    thing s this country do and wear us out while we wear
    ourselves out we can not take care of home more
    less any one else

    May 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  13. Dr. Proctor

    "I'll support until whatever time she makes a different determination".(until June 3rd) Patterson, you a trip.

    Yes We Can,
    Obama 08.

    May 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. paul

    FLIP FLOP.......

    Seems that is all Clinton and her supporters are able to do!!

    May 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Janjak

    Can you imagine playing a soccer game for 90 minutes and see the other team ask for a 3 hours game.......
    well let's play by the rules Mr and MrsClinton

    May 28, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Josh Caden

    Careful Obamanians-–if she runs as an Independent-you lose!

    May 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. KE

    Obama couldn't come this far without a help from the media and a chunk of Republican votes in the open primaries. And it was also the Republican that changed the date of Michigan and Florida primaries. What's going on? It's republican, republican, and more republican all over the wall.

    May 28, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL


    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Herman in LA

    Hillary & McCain voted for the war...

    End this War now…

    Obama 08!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Steve

    David Patterson is a racist! Isn't he?

    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. tony padron

    It was a poor choice of words that all the Clinton haters love................
    But anyone can make a mistake just look at what Obama
    said about Guns and religion with working folks in certain states.
    The only one who can carry all the voters needed to win in the
    general election is Hillary. Obama if nominated will go down just as
    Kerry & Dukakis did with the same coalition of voters.
    The states with the large electorial votes like N.Y. CA PA FL etc
    he will not carry, the party will not come together around Obama
    not all Democrats are liberal and some are bigots that would not
    vote for a black man. The country is not yet ready and all the warning signs are there for all to see. Lets hope the superdelegates want to
    take the white house back next year and read the current political climate as it is, not as they hope it would be.

    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  22. mike

    Hey Deeply Concerned, Obama can absolutely win the swing states.
    This idea that he won't win the states Hillary won in the primaries is rubbish. Does this also mean Hillary can't win the states Obama took in the primary? These are manipulative lies from the Clinton campaign that only ignorant people believe. Check the polls. Get the facts. Obama is very competitive in the swing states against McCain. These types of tactics where Hillary tries to spread this BS is one of the reasons that people get upset with her. Alot of the negativity towards Hillary from Obama supporters is exactly for this reason. She has shown him no respect by making remarks to superdelegates saying he can't win and by stating McCain is qualified while he is not. This makes it seem like she doesn't care if she takes the party down with her. EITHER DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WILL BEAT MCCAIN IF THEY SUPPORT EACH OTHER.

    May 28, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Well....he could been honest and called her a "liar" (aka misspeaker)

    May 28, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. Steve

    Desperate or frustrated, still the better candidate.

    May 28, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  25. Honest Dems are fustrated

    All this big state, little state, caucus states, swing states, white collar, educated...blah...blah....blah!!

    Here's the bottom line...Bill Clinton back in the White House is like reliving the OJ trail. Can't do it!

    No more Clintons!!

    May 28, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
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