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. Dwight

    Both states went against party lines and no they should not take more of our tax money to redo it right the the 2cnd time around.
    they get penalized. all delegates should get seated at 1/2 their vote.
    popular vote are discredited since not all candidates were available to get their constituents to vote for them.if voters in those states dont like it ,they can vote their officials out of office next go around.

    democrats 08

    May 28, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Gordi Canada

    I have been watching this race since Iowa , I was very neutral at that point, even probably more for Clinton because I am a lady and you that whole girl power thing.But the manipulation and dishonesty she and her husband have protrayed and then when her supporters get on tv and cheer that on, I can't even vote and it frustates me , I can only imagine what it dose to the obama supporters.It seems to me that he has played this game by all the rules and now because the clintons can't wrap their brains arround the loss , the democratic party continues to show more respect to the Clintons.I don't know if he will win the presidentual race, because I don't know how strong the republicans are in their party, but I do know that if the super d's choose clinton over him , she for sure won't win , she just honestly leaves a bad taste in my mouth.CONGRATULATIONS TO OBAMA
    lets hope.

    May 28, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Ann Carthage Mississippi

    The real truth is Hillary cannot accept the facts. She is not frustrated, she is self-centered. So many times we have heard her say help me make history. It is always me, me, me! This is not the purpose of a presidential election. If she really cared about the people and concerns for this country she would respectfully step aside and support Obama so that the democratic party could unite. For Hillary, it does not matter what is best for this country, it is what is best for Hillary. A self-centered individual will never make a strong leader regardless to who it is.

    May 28, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. L

    He must have gotten his hands slapped by mommy!

    May 28, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. DannyCali

    Take it to the END Hillary we need you and you the most qualify for this job. Do not stop fight keep throwing more jab and knock crybaby out.

    May 28, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Hillary is frustrated because she is no longer the enevitable nominee.

    She is also desperate, just watch how TWISTED and DIVISIVE she is behaving!

    Hillary is a certified LOSER. She does not even know what kind of campaign she is running! This is a Democratic primary, but she keeps talking about general election and only if she could use Republican rules she would be the winner!

    May 28, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Harvey, Tampa, FL

    Looks like Paterson got that dreaded angry Clinton phone call....

    May 28, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  8. UJ

    Telling hilary Clinton the continue to the convention is like praising a cow that will slaughted for meat

    May 28, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Suzanne

    Desperate / frustrated..... denounce / reject. lol.

    I think Hilary is doing nothing, but hurting herself and democrates as a whole (if she takes it to the convention) at this point and THAT in my opinion is an act of desperation AND narcisistic entitlement. Far from flattering.

    May 28, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. JN

    What part of Hillary signed a pledge( whens she thought she was winning that the votes in these states would not count) do you not understand? She talks about not disinfranchising the voters right? What about the votes that werent cast because the people of FL and MI knew they werent going to count...Disinfranchise them? Its sad Pat that no one ever taught you how to play fair and me, you are the same as Hillary...A CHEATER!

    May 28, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. lol

    hillary is frustrated, the dnc pushed obama down the throats of us democrats from the start. the media glorified obama, and villified hillary on a nightly basis. hillary wasn't liberal enough for the democratic powers that be. most democrats are moderate, and some conservative. the dnc is out of touch with their own base, blue collars, seniors, latinos, catholics, and jews. hillary has the base. stop being frustrated hillary, take your 17 million plus votes and run independent. you don't owe the democrats anything.hillary clinton independent 08!

    May 28, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Walt

    Did they offer him the vice presidency, or threaten to after his job??

    May 28, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. Al

    I for one am very proud of how Barack Obama and his camp have handled every controversy (and snipe) that has come their way. Barack has even advocated the inclusion of FL and MI which benefits Hillary more than himself. Many seem to forget that it was the Democratic leadership in both of those states that blatantly violated their own party's rules. What's even more refreshing is that it appears that the majority of Americans are intelligent enough to see through all of the tactics that are being initiated by the Clinton camp. Sincerity and common sense will prevail as Barack Obama continues to maintain a high level of campaign effectiveness.

    May 28, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. sdn

    Ok, somebody is back tracking...Gov, I respected you at one point but now you are just as pathetic as The Clintons.

    May 28, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  15. David O

    I see that somebody got SPANKED.

    May 28, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. John, London

    FL and MI broke the rule. And majority of us are respecter of laws.
    DISGUSTING. Its you people (Clinton's supporters) and the weakling DNC who are sabotaging America's rule of law. How can you change a rule in the middle of a game SIMPLY because someone happens to carry the name of Clinton.
    My question is if FL and MI are allowed to get away with "murder" now, is there then any justification to expect any states to follow or obey the party rules in subsequent primaries? All you Clinton supporters
    should be ashemed of yourselves.

    May 28, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  17. UJ

    Telling Hilary Clinton to continue to the democratic convention is like praising a cow and leading it to be slaughtered. She may be smart to quit soon but politician can be stupid when loosing a race.

    May 28, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  18. David O


    May 28, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  19. Olivia

    He was just trying to jump onto the Obama bandwagon like all his brothers. Now,he like all the others is starting to realize that Obama will need the Clinton supporters come Nov. He's not "kind of" backtracking out of love for Hillary...he's just doing Obama's work to appeal to us.
    Doesn't he realize that all this for and against business makes him less trustworthy and unrealible?
    On the topic that Obama has decided, under pressure, to go to Iraq.
    We've already seen who you are, sweetie, you're too late.

    May 28, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  20. kay Tx

    Have people forgotten that before Hillary was losing she agreed that
    Florida and Michigan votes would not count. She wants to break the law because she's losing. It's a shame she'll destroy the Democratic
    Party because she got beat fare and square! Oh yeh! about experience look at what shape our country's in now thanks to EXPERIENCE!

    May 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. Suzanne

    Deeply Concerned in NH – HRC does not have the popular vote! For crying out loud! By WHAT reinvented math COULD she possibly have the popular vote. Obama has won over twice as many states, delegates are distributed by the vote and he has a substantial delegate lead. THIS is how Clinton does her math. She takes out the caucaus vote, beccase she did poorly in them. She adds Michigan and Florida WITHOUT a ruling (with Obama NOT on the ballot in Michigan) . Funnier yet...The math STILL doesn't add up in her favor with her taking out (disinfranchising/discounting peoples votes) that she didn't win. Its frankly one of the more pathetic things she has done lately...this popular vote lie.

    May 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. satx


    May 28, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Bill Stapp

    Sometimes when you are behind in the 4th quarter and you keep giving all you've got, you still lose.

    May 28, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. peggyledbetter

    Hillary is desperate along with her followers! She does not stand a chance, all her chances went out the window a long time ago!

    May 28, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  25. shirley

    Hillary is trying to steal the nomination with back room dealings concerning Florida and Michigan. I understand Harold Ickes, her campaign manager, is on the Board of the DNC. If any member of the ruling commitee is a part of either Obama's or Hillary's campaign he or she should not be allowed to participate in Saturday's meeting. It is an obvious conflict of interest.

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