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. amtFresno,CA

    I like the word "desperation" She is losing & willing to do anything to win. She's trying to steal the nomination from Barack. I don't trust Hillary at all. Anything is possible that is what she herself says that is the reason she's staying in it, hoping something will happen to Barack to knock him out of the race & win that way. I am hoping the Clinton reign will come to an end.

    May 28, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. CJM

    How long will people ignore the truth. Hillary is not concerned about anyone but Hillary. Anybody that agrees with her selfishness and dishonesty must live by the same values. I would let it go and call it a day. You win some and lose some. Women and men of the Democratic party, no matter who you support, please do not condone these as values–selfishness, hatred, anger, etc.

    May 28, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Chris in Florida

    We cannot win in November without Hillary Clinton as our nominee. Obama cannot win the states we need to win. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HER STAYING IN OR GETTING OUT SO STOP USING THAT AS YOUR DEFENSE FOR A LOSING CANDIDATE. What a shame it will be when we lose in the fall....

    May 28, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Chris in SC.

    We are desparate for the Clintons to fade away!

    May 28, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. A.M.

    Indeed she is frustrated, a better word. My heart goes for her, too bad she had to be the candidiate when 'Obama' was also there. No match at all. Obama and his team proved themselves not only the best of the best, but righfully so deserving for what they are going to get, and good for us all too.

    Let's all join hands; Obama supporters and Clinton supporters to make sure we send a democratic candidiate to white house 2008, to cast this spell of Republican curse off.

    Houston, Texas

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

    To: Deeply Concerned in NH

    Take a nap if your so tired. Your arguments lack truth and common sense.

    May 28, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Sharon R.

    Wow, the governor is backtracking his words now? The Clinton's must have called him and offered him a favor if she steals the election form Obama! The word is desperate and delusional. Hillary is very sad, and so is Bill. I had the utmost respect for both of them but now that has gone down to zero.
    The democratic party are wimps. Superdelegates end this race. Please put Hillary and company out of their misery now! Why are they prolonging this race. Obama is the winner!

    May 28, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. JC

    On May 22, "Paterson, a superdelegate, said he doesn't believe the DNC should change the rules after the fact on Florida and Michigan and added that he's not buying her claims about leading the popular vote if the ballots cast in those states were counted."

    Now Governor Paterson is changing his opinion and tone.
    I wonder what happened to him and the Clintons between May 22 and today.

    I was impressed to know Paterson had believed in rules are rules.
    What bothers me the most about the Clinton machine is that the engine of this machine is run by favors. I do this for you and you do that for me. Where are the people in this machine? Spent fuel to be used and tossed?

    May 28, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    Notice how the press dropped Obamas comments about his uncle liberating Aushwitz. They trounced the hell out of Hillary for the Bosnia thing for weeks. Obama gets his lie reported and then nothing else is said. Even the vile haters in the Obama camp on these comments aren't mentioning it. They're too busy calling Hillary a liar over and over while convienently forgetting Obamas three different answers for Rev. Wright. Wasn't in the pews, can't disown him, throw him under the bus. Governor Paterson at least knows who has the only chance of beating McCain. Obama is a know nothing, done nothing media created rock star. He and his supporters will sink the Democrats chances in November.

    May 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Pepou

    The only thing I could say to that woman is "GET OUT". I could have voted for her at some point but I now find her despicable and beyond the pale. I hope that the DNC will not bend the rules to placate her.

    May 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. Allison Marie

    We love Hillary here in Florida, and we are not fooled by Obama's speeches, & stuffed shirt.

    Go Hillary Go********************************************

    ******************Florida Loves Hillary*****************************

    Countless in Florida

    May 28, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Robert

    Can you say, "Backpaddle..?" Sure you can. I knew you could.

    May 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. JKan

    Yes, it is about time…you all start telling the truth!!

    CNN – included.

    Go Hillary…all the way to the convention!!

    May 28, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. justin funn

    A desperate white house wife?

    May 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. About Time

    Lets put it this way.....she is desparate as a result of being frustrated regarding the upcoming cancellation of her coronation ceremony. How about that!

    May 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. allan tsybulnik

    how can anyone in their mind vote fop obama.what is wrong with America.

    May 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. Michigan Voter !!!

    DNC , I Voted In The Michigan Democratic Primary Jan. 15th 2008 , My Vote , And The Votes Of Michigan Primary Voters , Better Be Counted As Certified . Or This Democrat Will Teach The DNC A " LESSON " Starting This Fall , And All Elections For The Next 4 Years . I'm Gonna Vote Straight Republican !!!!! . The Democratic Party Has To Be Punished !!!!! You Have Violated Our Civil Rights !!!!! . And You're Gonna Pay !!!!!

    Democrats Vote Repubican , No More DNC !!!!!

    May 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. Emiel

    "He has ZERO chance of carrying Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, Ohio and Florida."

    Wow I have seen a lot of nonsense from the HRC campaign, but there's no competing with this insult to our intelligence. Just turn up ANY poll and you'll see Obama either being competitive, winning or blowing McSame away in those states. And as long as you are on it, busy spinning the world, of course you can mention Ohio twice while ignoring many other states...

    May 28, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  19. GL

    Did anybody tell you that the first responses is using the right one. Yes, she is very desperate. I quest Biilyboy got to you like he is trying to get DNC.

    May 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. Obama or go Libertarian

    She knew the rules. She agreed to the rules. She is losing, because of the rules. I will never vote Democrat again, if Clinton steals this nomination.

    This is strictly Republican mud slinging tactics. It's pathetic.

    Vote Libertarian, if Clinton steals the nomination!

    May 28, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. young democrat

    If he wins, when his term is over, the nation will be damaged beyond repair, the democratic party forever gone, and many terrorist attacks on us. DO NOT DOUBT ME! I can see the truth in him.

    Out of a corrupt, power-hungry, lying woman who can do the job, and a unqualified pacifist who promises help and change who can't do the job. Hillary Clinton is no more evil than your average American, she just has a enormous ego.

    May 28, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Monti, MI

    @The Oracle of Delaware
    Why do you not just start counting lies and then we see if you still call Obama a lier. How do you call your favorite candidate then ? Mother of all lies ?

    @Deeply Concerned in NH
    I agree (at least partly). Caucuses are not very democratic. But do you think, "the winner takes it all" is more ? Sure, nothing which will change till fall. But probably it would be a good idea to stop complaining that Clinton didn't make it, stop claiming that Obama won't have a chance in fall and start acting like one party. Finally we all want the same. Change in Washington.
    And talking about democracy .... Do you think it's democratic to agree to sanctions against Michigan and Florida and later turn around and claim those votes (just because she needs them, otherwise she would give a sh.. on our two states). This is neither democratic nor presidential to me. If she would have opposed the DNC descision from day one .... but she did not turn around until she realized she needs those votes. VERY, VERY UNPRESIDENTIAL.

    May 28, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. meg

    desperate liar blaspheming RFK while his bro sick. Only SICK SICK SICK SICK SICK ppl would do that they dont teach manners in USA, really US OF KKK. Haggee Hitler is a hunter for God, wow fat crazy anti-semite. Parsley huckster propsperity tchr. Foley, Craig, Newt, Mcsame, Hagge, Guiliani all divorcees no family values. Cheatin on ur ife should disqualif anyoone 4 prez oops no repubs can run by the family values rule. BC did u cheat, V fOSTER SCAIFE said that u were ......... by HRC is that true?????

    May 28, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. Renate Richardson

    I will not watch any further comments on politics until June 4. This game of (dirty?) politics is really affecting me, and four more years of republican's is unthinkable....well, there is Canada and Italy...think I will pack up and leave!

    May 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Franky

    Hey guys, I'm sorry but I just seen the Pres. do a chest bump! LOL!!!! At least the President loves his sports.......but I gotta agree with Tom(Foremon), he was calm and relaxed.........I mean, what else you would do if you're the President and see what's going on around you??? Can't pretty much do anyting and just chill......

    But that was funny! LOL!!!!

    "Go deep Mr. President, go deep"!!! LOL!!!!

    Ijust don't know how to feel about the way, my dad is NOT believing nothing now......he doesn't want to.

    May 28, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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