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)

    The democratic nominee is Mrs Clinton birth right. How could this black man take it from. She is mad and wish him death.

    May 28, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  2. Zman.Indianapolis,IN

    Yeah, whatever man

    May 28, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Eddy

    'There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents—’ ‘Certainly,’ said Alice. ‘And only one for birthday presents....There’s glory for you!’ ‘I don’t know what you mean by “glory,”’ Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. ‘Of course you don’t— till I tell you. I meant “there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!”’ ‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument,”’ Alice objected. ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master— that’s all.’

    A rule is a rule is a rule, till Humpty Dumpty says it's not.

    May 28, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  4. Michael

    Leon, Was President Carter really the worst president? What about the current president. Get a grip.
    Obama is probably the smartest of the three and that
    is my sole criteria for voting. Look at what a non-thinking,
    non-science president has gotten us.

    Obama 08'

    May 28, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. Vote for America

    It is sad to see people so divided to the point that they'd rather self-destruct (by not voting or by voting for McCain) rather than vote for the other candidate from the same party!!
    People who say that Obama or Hillary can't win certain states but the other candidate can are the same people that say they'll vote for McCaine if their favorate candidate doesn't get the nomination! This will not be the case if you vote with your mind for the issues you really care about. If you want 4 more years of wars and economic slump then go ahead and vote for McCain.
    Take a deep breath and think about our great nation and how your vote should be used to better our country!

    May 28, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    I really can't believe Hillary Clinton OR Barack Obama want David Paterson (The blind, unelected self-admitted crackhead governor of New York) supporting their campaigns. I'm not sure why CNN is even running his comments.

    May 28, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. Robert, Detroit, MI

    Just how in the world could 13 GREEN BERETS be EXECUTED on their own base? What in the world is going on with our military? Are all lives expenable when it comes to our vice-president's company? The vice-president should be held accountable!!! The company that built those bases should be put down!!! Because those companies exsist only to make our vice-president richer. GREEN BERETS are our ELITE military, why is it that they should die just to make our VICE-PRESIDENT richer??? They died in a shower, because of our Vice-Presidents failure! Why should our Vice-President be given the right to make money off our soldiers deaths just because he was once the president of a company??? He should be held for those soldiers deaths just like anyone else would be held for anyone else's death!!! Why was our Vice-President given the right to make his own company the sole-provider for our soldier's habitats??? Make him pay!!! Our elected officials should not be given any other rights than the rest of us!!! MAKE HIM PAY!!! That is all I have to say.

    May 28, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Hillary can win Obama cannot

    For the 10,327th time – Hillary Clinton can win the White House back for the Dems. Barack Obama would lose to Senator McCain in a general election. It is as simple as that. If the Democratic leadership wants the Oval Office, they need to make the difficult decision and select Clinton; Obama needs more time to season and prepoare himself for the office -- As for the Super Delagates – it is Clinton or it is McCain – no other options on the table.

    May 28, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. What's up CNN?

    Why allow 900+ comments, mostly anti-Clinton on some Ticker articles ("Clinton:Obama more likely to lose") but close other Ticker articles with much fewer comments?

    Is CNN biased?

    May 28, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. MAUREEN-Maryland

    The democratic nominee is Mrs Clinton's birth right. How could this black man take it from her. She is mad and wish him death.

    May 28, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Dirt

    The Clintons must have some FILTHY dirt on this guy – because that RFK remark last week was nothing BUT desperate!

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. Justin -NC

    Don't backtrack, its desperation.

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. andrew

    Just like the rest of us! Obo should drop out. HILLARY'08....Take back the white house

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

    Gov. Patterson –

    You had your 15 minutes – let it go.

    It does not change the narrative or the numbers of this race.

    May 28, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. PCS / North Carolina

    Hiilary signed an agreement not to seat the delegates from florida and Michigan. So what is the problem ? When she is loosing, she wants to seat them ? Players in a middle of a game can not change the rules to eneble them to win ! This is what exactly HRC is doing, agitating her "Blue collar hard working White voters" to riot. This would have been okay in another developing country, but in our country, where we play by the rules !! and promote decency and democracy !

    May 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  16. right source

    People are tired of this constantly blickering. I'm for one would be glad when November primaries take place and Obama bring home the grand prize. How about that CNN with your onesided views.

    Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Anothen Williams

    Guess hes not too blind, he sees enough to know that saying those things he said last week against Senator Clinton in NY is a good way not to get elected back as Governor, to bad hes to blind to see that Hillary is Done.

    OBAMA 08' & 12'

    May 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. @americans

    too little too late: Hillarious is desperate!

    And she will never be a president of the United States!

    Not in this lifetime!

    OBAMA '08'

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. Patricia in Las Vegas

    Of course she is frustrated, she thought she'd be queen of the world by now. Fortunately, she was wrong!!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Ernesto Lopez

    She is both frustrated and desparate, she knows she is going to lose, she has nothing else but complaining and trying to break the rules, using the race card and the sexism card and the conspiracy card, destroying Obama with her absurd and offensive kitchen sink strategy and begging and crying like a baby to get what she wants,she has gone way too low to have any chances for the presidency. She says she is more suited to beat McCain, but the McCain campaign can destroy her in a blink, the republicans are focusing only in Obama because he is the real threat, and Obama is beating them, if Clinton wins it would be great for republicans.

    May 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. carol sullivan


    May 28, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. GA for Obama

    Question to HRC supporters.

    If Obama is a joke, then what do you call this comedy show by HRC?

    Because I don't see anything but a joke when I hear Billary speak!!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. Brian

    She is desperate Obama is what 50 away from winning?

    May 28, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  24. PCS / North Carolina

    J.P. in Toronto wrote May 28th, 2008 5:09 pm ET

    "Barack Obama has nothing to fear because he is less likely to be harmed walking the streets of any place outside of the USA (including Iraq) than the streets of the U.S. South."

    You are absolutly right

    May 28, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Chuks

    Is it only me that notices that TOP Obama supporters are not even bothered to counter claims from Hillary's henchmen on who is the stronger candidate? Obama is a bad bad man. Look what Obama has done to Hillary turning her into a literally mad woman looking for any salvation. And the funny thing is that Obama is so cool and focused on his mission.

    I'll tell you all something Bill Clinton must be happy that he did not have to contest with Obama for the nomination, this guy Obama is a competitors worst nightmare come alive.

    No matter what you have or well connected you are you MUST LOSE TO OBAMA.

    Obama 08!

    May 28, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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