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. Eddie

    I no longer want to hear from ANYONE that " cannot win the general election because will lose " It is a bogus argument that has no merit.

    And to deeply concerned, you're right. It should have never been close. But when you run a completely inept campaign for 15 months, you don't get a do-over. Hillary screwed her chances completely by:
    a) acting like the primaries were winner take all.
    b) completely ignoring caucus states
    c) running as the incumbent candidate when the last thing the American people want is an incumbent

    May 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    No, the American people are "frustrated" with the Clinton campaign's "desperate" attempts to win at any cost. That said, the process is moving forward and we will have our candidate come June – Obama '08

    May 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Edith Arkansas

    Paterson should not have backed of his first statement ,Clinton is desperate. That is the bone truth and I think part, if not all of her desperation is because she is attempting to avoid a lawsuit.Paul Vs Clinton Case #BC304174 in L. A. read the declaration there is some damaging charges in that lawsuit. If she were to get the Presidency she would probably try to use Executive Priviledge to try to get out of the lawsuit.

    May 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Roland

    You had it right the first time Governor. Don't let her or her henchmen threaten you and make you recant.

    May 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Carl

    Ya well her desperation is annoying to this "bitter typical white person" who still supports Obama and begs that Hillary end this madness.

    May 28, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Mary

    This guy is a punk. After Spitzer's fall, when people started learning about him the number one thing said about him was that he is a yes man. I was shocked that he had the courage to make his original comments. His backtracking today is more in line with his character (at least as represented by the media – a not so valuable source I know).

    Anyway, like someon else said.... 7 DAYS LEFT of the Clintons!!!

    May 28, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. yutee

    The Clintons represent the monarch of the US. The White House belongs to them?

    Everything about the Clintons is Fake. I wonder why people can’t see this

    May 28, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Keith in CA

    Maybe he meant the american people are "frustrated" with Hillary's "desperation".

    May 28, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. pat

    hillary should get all the votes from mich. an half from fl. she didn,t ask obama to remove his name from the ballot, thats his mistake, she won so the winner reapes the rewards. he is not even entitled to the uncommited votes in mich. his name is not uncommited, again thats the way the cookie crumbles. if the DNC give one vote from mich. to obama, when his names was not on the ballot that tell me this is a fixed election. if the people wanted obama they could have written his name in thats the law , an you super delegates no thats true.

    May 28, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Ardnuas

    I guess Bill and Hill CALLED him on the carpet for saying that... Some superdelegates are so weak.... it's very sad.
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Tammy - KCMO

    I think you were right in your original description "DESPERATE".

    May 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. DES

    Yeah Billary is DESPERATE. You know it is true. No need to flip flop on this one. "From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks"

    May 28, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. James, SC

    Come on say the truth. Who's your desperate candidate? Come on, who's your desperate candidate? You can say it. Say it. Say it.

    Hillary Clinton – That's a good Governor.

    May 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. And so it goes

    For those of you talking about what might be if the political system were different (Hillary actually winning), get over it. The system is the system. It may not be perfect, but no one complained until Hillary started losing. If you don't like caucus systems, work to change them.
    If you don't like the delegate system, work to change it. If you think each state should have a "winner take all" system, work to get that fixed too. There will be plenty of time to do so, once the primaries are over. I'll bet you lunch that very few of you get your butts up from your pc's and go do something positive for change. If you see a problem and you work to fix it, you are a great citizen. If you see a problem and all you do is talk about it, you're a whiner. This country has plenty of whiners.

    May 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Deeply Concerned in NH

    Nick, that is actually not true...

    If half of Michigan and Florida's delegates are seated, this means that the # to clinch the nomination moves forward also. This means that Clinton would make up some ground in the she should.

    The electoral college system of government needs to be defeated. The Popular Vote in this country should elect the President. The Electoral College system was put in place by our Forefathers because they had no faith in the intelligent of the common people, so the Electoral College was put in place to "protect" Americans from themselves...

    HRC = Popular Vote cannot deny it.

    Go Hillary in '08!

    May 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Carrie Pa

    I am so tired of the Clinton agrument that Obama can't win. Six months ago, Hillary was leading in every state by almost 25 to 35 points. The press was handing Hillary the nomination. POLLS CHANGE! The polls today will not be the same in November. Once the primary mess is over, Obama will do very well against McBush.

    May 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Chris in CA

    "Deeply Concerned", you are trying to sound informed but you miss the mark and sound very uneducated.

    The one point you make that is valid is that the nominating rules, both for the primary and general election need to be changed to reflect a popular vote system.

    Where you sound like a "desperate" HRC supporter is when you say that Obama will not win any big states. Have you seen the polls? Or ignore the polls, do you really think a republican will win California or NY? Look he was leading MCain in PA last week by 10 points. There are a couple swing states for which HRC is polling better than Obama, but there is a lot of time.

    May 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. NickNas

    Oh WOW ....see what happens when the Clinton ATTACK DOGS are set loose on a man?? He backs off. Sorry but you have just joined the COWARD league.

    May 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. Kia

    So All Clinton People are hypocrite. Same old politions, say onething today and changing it next day due to weather. America, this is old politics, join the new generation of politics, "Truth and Honosty".
    Long live President Obama

    May 28, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Silence Dogood

    "Deeply concerned in NH" – you are so observant!

    I cheerfully repeat for you: "The crucial mistake that HRC's campaign made was not taking the caucus process seriously. "

    She was out there speaking her mind – delivering ideas and opinions – talking directly to voters. Meanwhile, the politics-as-usual expert Obama was working the system – surprise everyone! Look at states (big ones) where the caucuses went to him but the people voted for her. Even my own state's caucus votes were unfairly lopsided away from the people toward Obama.

    Wasn't he the change candidate? Someday he will have a nice laugh at our expense over that little joke. Please cue the cult to start laughing.

    May 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Ludovic

    Hillary supporters are so blind !!
    oups!! I mispoked

    May 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Caleb

    LOL....looks like Governor Patterson got a lashing.

    Don't give up Hillary!!!! McCain hasn't picked a running mate yet!!!!!

    McCain/Clinton 08'
    Regressive change you can believe in.
    Oppression until you do.

    May 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. buddha

    i wonder what threats theymade to him, (the clintons) you know if you dare to speak out, they will use any of their tricks,
    their cards, (race, age, gender, white blue collar workers, cover up, you name i)

    i feel sorry for these delegates and super delegates because they fear to speak out because of the retaliation they will get from billary....

    I think the Republicans ought to thank billary for handing them the presidency yet again...

    you know that FL and MI will not and I repeat will not ABSOLUTELLY NOT vote for this woman ===========
    the majority and i repeat THE MAJORITY of Americans not only despise her they detest and hate her..

    but never the less thank you billary for giving republicans power..........thank you thank you.. you will get a thank you card (not money) from McBush...............

    May 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Mary

    Deeply Concerned in NH,

    you are a moron. California and New York will vote for a Democrat no matter what. Your argument, which you so dutifully repeat for HRC, is a lie wrapped in hyperbole. Get a grip. Some states are in play with Obama, as are some states in the mountain west. With Ed Rendell and Ted Strickland doing for Obama what they did for HRC in their respective states, things will be okay. Of course, that depends on all you haters out there getting over your irrational hatred for a man who ran a clean, efficient campaign and won fair and square.

    May 28, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Terry Richmond, Va.

    No Patty, you said it right the first time.

    May 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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