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.


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soundoff (759 Responses)
  1. HANEEFAH

    WHY CHANGE YOUR WORDS BRO. SHE IS JUST WHAT YOU SAID THE FIRST TIME. SHE IS DESTROYING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND ANYONE CONNECTED WITH HER THAT'S NOT FAMILY. THE CLINTONS WILL GO DOWN IN FLAMING DOO DOO, THE LONGER SHE PUSHES THIS NOMINATION THE WORSE SHE IS GOING TO BE. I AM SURE THAT SHE WILL BECOME A REPUBLICAN OR INDEPENDENT AFTER THIS. SHE IS THE ABSOLUTE WORSE PERSON IN THIS FREE WORLD SHE IS A UGLY REPRESENTATIVE OF WOMEN THAT I'VE EVER SEEN. HILLARY CLINTON BUSH.

    May 28, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. Anthony N Kentucky

    HILLARY ALL THE WAY....

    NObama.com

    May 28, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. Reggie

    Has anyone else ever noticed that Hillary looks like Chucky?

    May 28, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Matt

    Number of comments from clinton supporters demanding FL an MI be counted = thousands

    Number of comments from Clinton supporters with any explanation whatsoever as to why their queen signed off on having the delagates not count in the first place = ZERO

    May 28, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. ellianna

    I'll bet Bill Clinton took time out from his usual campaign "frump", picked up his cell phone, and gave Mr. Patterson a "little advice" about his choice of words to the media!! This campaign has brought out so many "back trackers", it is hillarious!!

    May 28, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. skylark

    Geez! Who opened the hate gate today?
    No room at all on the last article. Venom and bile all over the place.
    Must be a Rush group.

    May 28, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. The TRUTH is...

    ...while we woul all love to see everyones vote count, neither democratic candiate should be allowed to benefit or be penalized for the votes cast in the Florida and Michigan primaries. The fact still remains

    1. The 2 states Dem parties broke the rules even with the threat of having their votes deemed null and void. If there is anyone to blame it is those committee members who showed dis-regard for their state party members.

    2. When Hillary [knew] she had the votes and the super delegates in her pocket she could have cared less about anyones votes in Florida or Michigan. How do we know this is true? Because it only became an issue for her campaign when the sight of what she once [knew], in regard to her electability, became very fuzzy. If the shoe was on the other foot and it was Hillary in the lead and Barack was the one with won primaries in penalized states, every Hillary supporter would be in an uproar screaming "RULES ARE RULES!!".

    Ladies and gents, what is America if the rules of engagement only apply when it's convenient for the benefactor? As a registered "independent" that is not all that impresed with any of the 3 remaining candidates, I grow so weary of this non-sense. Barack Obama has won this race fair and square according to the rules of the DNC. To take it from him now would make the Democratic party look just as deceitful as the Republican party in the eyes of many.

    And I'm sure Hillary supporters won't be proud of the outcome this summer but things could be so much worst and it will be if you allow irrational and childish emotional displays prevent this nation from finally ending the chapter of Bush politics.

    My goodness people.. we teach our children to fight hard, courageously and fairly all the while hoping they understand that you just cannot win them all. It's called being a good sport. Obviously what we neglect to tell our children is those lessons are all BS when it comes to being an adult. Remember everyone, even if your candidate does not make the final cut.. the victor is merely the top representative of the Democratic Party.. he/she is NOT the party itself meaning he/she still must listen tot he voice of the party or inevitably end up a permanent political outcast.

    May 28, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  8. William

    Sexually frustrated maybe, but desperate? Definitely!

    May 28, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Karen in Cape Cod

    Give me a break! ALL that is printed is ANTI Clinton! SMEAR SMEAR!!! SHAME ON THE PRESS!!!

    May 28, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  10. DC from NJ

    Bill must have paid him a visit and done some finger wagging.

    May 28, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  11. Joe Texas

    They need to revote for the sake of everybody and that all the names are on the ballot, cause Obama knows that he has no grounds to win ,if they re do those states completletly, he will not win also he is trying to steal this election, He has way to many problems and allot of people do not trust him, The Rev Wright scandal came out a little to late, And that is something the DNC , voters, and superdeligates need to take into consideration, Your going to tell me that someone that goes to a church for 20 years doesn't believe those views, Hillary is our only hope to take back the white house, It seems that the election was bought by Obama, In Texas Hillary beat him by like 200 thousand votes in the primary and Obama got more deligates cause of the caucused that he beat by like 30,000 votes, It's not fair, FL and MI are swing states and they cannot alienize those votes, Those states are part of the 50 states that represent our country, Times were good in the 90's when the Clinton's were there, and I'm sure Hillary will be a better President..... Clinton 08

    May 28, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  12. Total Northern California Democrat for Obama

    TO DEEPLY CONCERNED IN NH: You are WRONG – California will never go RED. Obama will take California hands down. Besides that, Obama has broken ground into what used to be RED states. The "swing state" mentality no longer applies.

    May 28, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  13. Elect the Best Candidate for President....

    Here is an odd thought. You work for a company that has a CEO at the helm. That CEO retires...Do you really think that company will hire a new CEO that is lacking credentials? Credentials == Experience. Your resume is everything in today's marketplace, so don't you think you would feel a bit uneasy if the largest business in the United States (Federal Government) is being administered by an inexperienced CEO (President). Just food for though... Also, when did American need uniting? Didn't we do that in two previous internal conflicts (Revolutionary / Civil War)? Here is another realism....Do you think any single president will change the inner workings of Washington in one or two terms, because if you do pinch yourself it's time to wake up!

    May 28, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. barackobama4prez

    The Governor must have received a 3AM phone call. But she is WRONG for this country in so many ways. It's not even about the math anymore. She lacks integrity and honesty and her supporters want her in the white house. She's a liar and will never be my president. I hate lying.

    May 28, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. Sunny

    Punish the DNC leaders and the Florida and Michigan political leaders, not the citizens of America!!!!

    May 28, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  16. j kothary, Blaine, WA

    scared !!

    May 28, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  17. mel

    Why don't you support Obama,Hillary can't win.Time to
    get behind leader of the party.

    May 28, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  18. FreshAir

    desperate, frustrated, bitter... how about: losing.

    May 28, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  19. Marc

    He is going by her voice cause any body who can see knows that Hillary is a crook. You can see it in her eyes. Sorry Patterson.

    May 28, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. JFK

    Keep going Hillary! Step aside Mr Obama. Do the party a favor and so we do not lose for sure in November!

    May 28, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. fojohnson

    Hillary is frustrated at who? I think the answer should be at herself. First she thought she will win the nomination , has experience, the presidency was within her grasp, the democrat owe her the nomination, underestimated Obama, she has will have contributors to give her money for her campaign, the name Clinton and many more. Now she sees her dream and her thinking are fading she is frustrated. She is in the stages of grieving. I don't know how she is dealing with her stages of grieving however the way she is acting, she is more in denial than any one I have seen combine with frustration and resentment. She is taking her anger to destroy the party and destroy Obama of becoming the nominee. Saying goes like this "if I am going down I might as well bring down the party with me and the norminee.

    May 28, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. joey

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. PhilT

    The frustration comes to voters like me who are sick of the disingenuous attack on our intelligence by the Clinton campaign, including the candidate and ex-president.

    Bubba claims Hillary is the victim of the media who will not protray her highness as the best candidate. Barack Obama beat her fair and square in a game in which the Clinton's are supposed to be the masters.

    Please stop trying to fool the majority of american voters, both independents and democrats. The fact is in the game played by the rules everyone agreed to Senator Clinton lost.

    Phil T.

    May 28, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. Hillary Is Done

    Desperate people do desperate things. Look at the way she has been acting since she fell way behind.

    May 28, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  25. KE

    If men start to push women around on TV try this one. Just call thier first name twice.

    May 28, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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