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. JFK

    The Super Delegates have no back bone and fear rioting if Obama does not win the nomination. We should not have to suffer with a weak candidate heading in to November. Democratic party officials have no stomach for the truth! HRC is the real candidate to win the election!

    May 28, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  2. Joey, MN

    hey hilldog: jsut club obama in the leg like tanya harding: that way everybody will know how desperate you are

    May 28, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. A Combat Vet Observation

    I don' t know how the DNC can offer up a partial solution without breaking the rules. If they can break the rules a little by a partial count of the vote, then they should go ahead and count the whole vote.

    Give me a break. That is exactly why Gore lost in Florida. He demanded a recount of a few counties and not the whole state.

    So let's get this right for a change and count all the votes in FL and MI.

    Let's do it right.

    May 28, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Clinton Arrogance

    Gov. Patterson is a stand-up guy, but he's also far too polite to criticise Hillary publically. As a constituent: Hillary, you've overstepped and need to reclaim your Senate seat and prove, through actions, that you are a worthy Democrat. Otherwise, your run, just like your friend Geraldine Ferrero's, will be viewed not as heroic, but as deeply, deeply flawed.

    May 28, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Ann Kuminns

    What in the world are women teaching their kids regarding the MI and FL "unsanctioned" elections? Yes, it is "go ahead and break the rules" even though we are the ones who set them. Just go ahead and do what you want and everything will be all right after that!1 This is the message that is being sent – it is not a bout disenfranchising anyone.. No one is above the law and all Hillary wants now is to grab at any cost. NO wonder women have not moved ahead as fast, it is not sexism, it is because they do NOT want to abide by the same rules. They want it their way or no way. This is a disservice to all women and no wonder my girls will have nothing to do with this kind of message and they and all their friends are withdrawing support for what could or would have been a great nominee if only she was honest and truthful.

    May 28, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Pounds

    Obama! Our NEXT president! May 28th, 2008 5:46 pm ET

    OBAMA 08!

    Hillary supporters, either vote Dem or just dont vote! You will be a disgrace to the dem party and a disgrace to this country if you vote for McBush.!
    =========================

    The biggest disgrace I can think of is to vote for a racist and a anti-American like Obama.

    With all the racist rants from his books, and his anti-American ways, and his relations with racists, Marxists, and shady friends, only the uninformed and the weak minded will vote for him.

    May 28, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. William

    "Okay, I concede". Three very simple words. What gives Hillary? The preening is over, it's now mute. How hard is that to deal with? Really? You're a millionaire! How hard is that again?

    May 28, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  8. Pounds

    Hillary or McCain....................take your pick.

    May 28, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  9. TRUE DEM

    WHO CARES IF SHES DESPERATE OR FRUSTRATED, SHE STARTED WITH THE ATTACKS THEN THE RACE BECAME UGLY, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I WILL NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN...I WILL NOT BE ONE OF THOSE WHO SAYS IF OBAMA IS THE CHOICE TO THEN VOTE FOR THE GREEDY REPUBLICAN PARTY... I WOULD VOTE FOR HILLARY , IF THE ISSUES ARE THE SAME BLACK OR WHITE I'M A TRUE DEMOCRAT.

    NO MORE ATTACKS
    DEMS 08 OBAMA SWEETY/HILLARY.

    May 28, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  10. Lisa from VA

    Hell, desperate, frustrated, whats the frickin difference. Lets just add pathetic for good measure.

    May 28, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Odinga

    Obama and Odinga in Kenya
    Standing behind a tree
    k-i-l-l-i-n-g
    First comes the church
    filled with the people
    then they set fire
    to the doors and the steeple.

    May 28, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. Nora

    sophia,

    So what if he called her "desperate"? I think desperate is about the kindest word one can use to describe Hillary Clinton's behavior the last few months.

    I used to have a great deal of respect and admiration for Hillary Clinton. Now, as soon as I see her on TV, I can't wait to flip which ever station she's on.

    For some reason, I used to believe the was the better of the two Clintons. With her endless mean-spirited and negative behavior she's proven to be every bit as craven and venal as her husband.

    May 28, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Odinga

    Obama was in Howard Deans first Deans Dozen.

    The handpicks of Dean and the old school Dems for certain positions.

    Oh how the weak minded thought CHANGE................it's the same ole old school that has been backing Obama.

    May 28, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  14. William

    Okay CNN, Joe Texas? You could at least run a spell check if not actually read the post and clean it up a little. Is Wolf Blitzkrieg running the moderation or Nancy Grace?

    May 28, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  15. Brian

    Yeah, Hillary is desperate and it is now showing. She adn Obama originally agreed to these rules and was ok with it. Now, she wants some type of relief from those rules. I would say that its goinng to backfire on her like the campaign/primary already has. I feel like the rules were made, now lets all just follow them.

    May 28, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. Sally

    Obama reminds me of a snake oil salesman from the past.

    He’s trying to sell you something thats gonna cure all ills, aches and diseases. It can make the blind see, it can make the wheelchair ridden walk, it can cure the common cold.

    When it’s only just castor oil.

    But it gave you HOPE.
    It gave you CHANGE, castor oil causes bowel movements.
    It made you shout YES WE CAN, but you know you really can’t.
    JUST WORDS just to make a sale to a sucker.

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

    I find it hard to believe the people who want her to give up before the end of this process, Kennedy was in the fray until August against Jimmy Carter? I understand her determination to complete her committment to the American people who have yet to be heard. I will write her name on my ballot in November. Obama is too liberal for the majority of Americans. He has lied about many things. Politicians are all liars. You just have to decided which lies you find least offensive. I can not get past Rev. Wright and that church, I can not get past the dirty dealings in his run for the Senate. In his book he says he knows what side of himself to show the white people. I have a gut feeling he is not being truthful and is in disguise. He is not what he appears to be.

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

    How many Obama’s does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    None………they can’t do it………they just stand around in the dark saying YES WE CAN,
    YES WE CAN, I HAVE HOPE, WE CAN CHANGE.............THE LIGHTBULB.

    Then……………Wright storms through the door, and blames the burned out bulb on the white man.

    May 28, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  19. Sukie on the River

    Win or lose the primaries, Hillary will get my write-in vote in November.

    May 28, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  20. LUCYNA

    DEMOCRATS WILL LOSE THE ELECTION. WHY?

    HILLERY WILL MAKE SURE THAT IF SHE WILL NOT GET THE NOMINATION, SHE WILL GO TO CONVENTION TO MAKE OBAMA WEAK SO HE WILL LOSE THE ELECTION. THEN SHE WILL SAY "I TOLD YOU SO" ALL THIS IS BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T GIVE A DAMM ABOUT PARTY WINNING THE ELECTION LIKE SHE DOES TO FULFILL HER PERSONAL AMBITION.

    IF DEMOCRATS WILL LOSE, I TRULY HOPE THAT THIS WILL BE THE END OF HER POLITICAL CAREER....THAT SHE WILL BE THROWN OUT OF SENAT AND NEVER ALLOW TO COME BACK.

    May 28, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  21. Rob Mercer

    Hillary how dare you try to convince millions of people that the Popular Vote is what matters most and you count your votes in Michigan when Obama wasn't even on the ticket. You must think we are really stupid to buy that.. You have no sense of fair play, you are a sore loser. You have lost. Get Over Yourself!!!

    May 28, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  22. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    I guess he realized that if Clinton loses.... he has to deal with her as a Senator in NY for another term.

    Besides...... What can Clinton do if she loses??

    RUN FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK AGAINST HIM!!

    May 28, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  23. LUCYNA

    Hillary is a snake that will burn anybody alive to get her way. Her supporters are either stupid or ignorant not to see that.

    May 28, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  24. laura

    Go Hillary. You are the only one who can beat McCain. I understand your frustration. The media and the DNC is trying to destroy you. It's sexism. I admire your tenacity. Don't give up.

    May 28, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  25. silas

    she is both frustrated and desperate. But it's all good because she has the right.

    Remember she started as favourites so I feel she really really go to be frustrated.

    May 28, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
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