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.

Filed under: David Paterson • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (759 Responses)
  1. AC 360

    Well i don't blame you!!! because you are lagally blind so you can't see the reality. Obama 08!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Gaylon Barrow

    Why should matter what this African-American said. he would do anything anlong with his brothers to dethrone HILLARY. Besides and adulter such as he needs to just stay out of politics. He has th same morals of Dr. King and Obama.

    May 28, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Gracie

    She is a very very desperate candidate. She has already agreed to the current situation of two states a few months ago when I thought she had wrapped up her campaign back then. Now the real numbers shows who is within the reach, which is not her. She cannot accept the fact. Very sad. Now who wants this manipretive person to run the Nation. She is so OVER.

    May 28, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. John Smith

    In all my years of watching the Democrats destroy themselves, this time, I have seen the "worst" ever!

    Every rule has been changed: Let me list a few of these–
    1. scrap the "delegate" counts (Kerry and Gore were dumb!!!)
    2. scrap the "super-delegate" counts (Edwards is dumb to have dropped)
    3. scrap the "winner" of the democratic race, regardless (kick Obama out)
    4. crown the "queen" with all her baggage along with her (Hillary)!
    5. change the rules, even the general election to crown the queen (Count FL and MI)

    Who is Hillary running against at this time? Hillary or McCain is not looking at Hillary as a nominee. Let us "respect" her because she is a "fighter." This nation always crowns "dirty" fighters– just look at Bush!

    May 28, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  5. marian


    May 28, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  6. Craig from CT

    The NY Gov. should not back down this woman is not a real New Yorker. If by some chance she were to get the nomination our party will self destruct. Because I'll be one of the first to make noise. Gov Patterson should focus on New York issuses not the bratty Clintons. Remember rules are rules stick to your guns.

    May 28, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. memefor obama

    i used to love the clintons, but this primary election season has shown me a different side of the clintons that most Americans aint aware of. trace them back all the way to Arkansa-then you will really know that they are both distasteful-Talk of desperation and lies.

    Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |

    Just a few days left and we won't have to listen to Hillary anymore. When is the last time she went to Iraq. She voted for the war.

    Hopefully the DNC won't let Hillary to destroy the Party before she leaves. It is all about her EGO and thrist for POWER. It's is not about the country or the Party.

    Barack Obama is going to be one our greatest President's in history.
    He will win no in November no matter what Hillary says. Please just leave.

    God Bless Barack Obama and the USA.

    May 28, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  9. Sharon - NC

    Geez, I wonder what changed his mind? A threat perhaps?

    May 28, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Janie, Raleigh, N.C.

    I hope Senator Clinton does go all the way to the convention. I grew up watching the conventions and came to love politics for that reason. These young people who think elections are just about a rally and looks of noise need to see how the process was designed to work. Hillary has won more votes than Barack and if the DNC doesn't have the nerve to tell Obama "NOT SO FAST" then let's take it to the convention. We cannot seat another President who did not win the popular vote. Go for it Hillary...we are with you all the way.

    May 28, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  11. Bayou Joe

    Both Hilllary and Obama are toast. Hurry up and nominate the loser
    Obama so we can get to the main event. McCain will pulverize him in November. This time the voters will decide not the party faithful will decide the election. The Red,White and Blue patriots will defeat Obama.

    May 28, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Sukie on the River

    If you watch Larry King tonight, there are sheets of polka dots flashing across the screen while his guests are talking.

    Once more the computer nuts have gone daffy!

    While the technology is there, PLEASE, Larry, stop this! It is sooooo irritating! I am going to switch channels.

    May 28, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Zoe

    Nah....we know desperate when she is standing in front of us......

    May 28, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Charlie Richmond

    The comment is that Hillary is FRUSTRATED...
    Is that to mean Bill has a new girlfriend?
    I guess it depends on what is is.

    May 28, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Allan

    I heard Romney wants to eliminate social security.

    May 28, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. Rebecca

    He is only saying this after the Clintons attacked him for his previous comments. That's what the Clinton's do. They remind me of the Bush administration. If you don't agree with everything they do and say you are ostracized and your credibility is destroyed.

    May 28, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. Mimi

    Hillary ran a good campaign...but she's not winning. It's time to give it up! OBAMA 08

    May 28, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Ronald L. Betts

    Obama voluntarily took his name off the Michigan ballot. Clinton left her name on the ballot because she had the intelligence to see Michigan might be counted in the future. From a legal viewpoint, this could be costly for Obama in terms of delegates. We are not looking for what is "fair", we are looking for what is legal. This is the way lawyers think and respond to these types of situations.

    May 28, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  19. Dgillis

    These clinton's are definitely desparate! The white house doesn't belong to them-"Will you people please past the message over to them". Their time has come and past- Bill carried their torch. Take your money and go to another country if you just got to be a leader- England. They believe in that "king and queen bull". Their actions during this campaign has poisoned their image in voting constituency for a lifetime. Democracts cannot win without the afro-american vote-trust me!

    May 28, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Conservative Sam

    Go Hillary!!! Give it to the thief. Voters – think about have a person who has claimed to be from Chicago, Arkansas, Scranton, Texas, Indiana and is very concerned about counting the votes in Florida and Michigan and Karl Rove is supporting Clinton on the ticket. WHY? Because they know, if you give it to Hillary – the African-American and youth vote is done with the Clintons. They can beg the negro voters back into the party, but we Republicans know the Democratic party would be destroyed.

    Go ahead dummies – see if Hillary can carry the hard working – American hard working white people. I bet Hillary would carry Kentucky (Louisville and Lexington), Arkansas (Little Rock, Pine-Bluff) and Georgia (Atlanta). Let's go another step – Hillary will win and carry Washington, Kansas, Missouri (St. Louis – Kansas City), Michigan (Detroit), Ohio (Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus), North Carolina & South Carolina without the black and youth vote.

    Vote Hillary and you will witness one of the largest defeats in Presidential history and the DNC would be FRIED!!! It's funny to hear idiots say, "...times were good in the 90's with the Clinton family" It was her husband not her. Hillary served just as much time in the White House as Monica Lewinski – you're all stupid. This is why I'm a Republican.

    May 28, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    This guy seems increasingly like the reference John Lennon used for Ray Charles.

    May 28, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  22. Delores

    Right...She is frustrated because the desperation keeps kicking in and won't go away...the more she conjures up some type of plot to ovetake this election...the more DESPERATION continues to overtake her!

    Please. Spare me with the "desperation" term. Why not try some words such as: manipulative, cold, callous, self-centered,
    power-hungry, huberis,selfish, non-caring, insensitive, LIAR, draconian...whew! I could sit here all night with this list, but many know the character she possesses.

    Dear Hillary, my message to you:

    The curtains have closed...the band ceased playing...the audience has departed. It is now time for you to remove yourself from the stage, and GO HOME!!!! Do take your DRAMA with you!

    May 28, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. CJM

    No need to explain away the truth. Hillary is only concerned about herself and not the democratic party. She is doing everything thing that she can to highjack the primary election in November. If she cannot be the democratic nominee she will do what she can to prevent Obama from winning.

    Hillary needs to understand that the truth will speak for itself without bringing attention to it. I believe that attention is only brought to a lie to cover up the truth or deny it. She does this by saying she has more popular votes and stating an opinion that she is the stronger candidate. The truth states the opposite.

    May 28, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Dan (TX)

    Hillary should be frustrated alright. She went from the "heir apparent" next president to fighting for her political life in just under 1 year. She has only herself to blame for her so-called "leadership" and fateful campaign strategy.

    Poor, undereducated white voters may be voting for her, but they're not contributing to her campaign. How frustrating – go figure. 🙂

    May 28, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. John, London

    @ Pat

    Which planet are you on?
    DNC mande the rule to disbarn MI and FL votes and the Court where (you desperate Clintons behind lickers) filled your case threw it out already. A rule is a rule AND is a rule. Clinton is NOT bigger than any anybody in America, so why should the rule be bend for her?
    I am disgusted by all these talks the Democratic party not winning in Nov. This is the FEAR MONGERING we are talking about. How on earth is someone (Hillary Clinton) who couldn't even fairly win the Democratic (PARTY) nominee be parading herself as the better of the 2 candidates – best placed to win the (NATIONAL) election in Nov. What does she take us for? A fool? Fact is the we the Democrats had spoken and our will shall be done. Take it or leave it.

    May 28, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
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