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. unite the dems

    there's an old saying..that when a politician retract statements it usually means they were caught telling the truth and then realized their mistake. If Clinton isn't desperate, I don't know what desperation is. She symbolizes a pathetic sore loser who cares more for her own ambition than the american people. As a lifelong democrat, I can see why republicans hate this women so much. She embodies a lot of qualities that just make people angry. More than anything, this lady lacks integrity at a time when americans want someone who will tell the truth to the american people above all else. Good riddance, Obama is about to take out the trash June 3rd.

    Yes we definitely can!

    May 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Loretta from California

    illegal is illegal, Rules are Rules

    Do not break our LAWS or our RULES.

    May 28, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Hillary NO VP /no pres.

    Just Another Flip -Flopper .
    This world is going to hell with people that were elected by the people for the people and now for themselves only.
    Enough said for that flip -flopper/he don't deserve coverage .
    Rules for these elected jerks mean nothing .

    May 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Maria

    Who call you at 3:00 am to make you change your comments Mr.Patterson?

    May 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. JOYCE IN ARKANSAS

    who the hell cares what he thinks
    he said what he said/now he is a liear
    seems to run in ny politics
    clinton did not win anything/not even the beauty contest
    god forbid
    why the hell is all these so so men and women think she should win. she has lost .obama played by the rules. what are we teaching our children?
    and they need to dam well know it takes more then 2 or 3 states to win. i wish hillary would take bill and who ever else has their nose stuck up her and go to the lost islands
    cnn
    post this or not
    by now i don't care mine don't hard

    May 28, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Judy

    If the DNC goes back on their word and seats FL and MI, I'll never vote Democratic again. If they can't obey their OWN rules, how could I ever trust them!

    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. mike

    To Deeply Concerned in NH. I would like what you are smoking if you think Obama has ZERO chance of carrying Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan and Florida. You are unfortunately drinking the Clinton koolaid and idiotic statements like that don't do anything to promote her cause. It just points out how ill informed, naive, and blind her supporters are.

    I am open to any kind of debate between supporters, but when the Clintonites trot out crap like this, it is clear they are delusional and have an unhealthy obsession with their candidate. No democrat is going to lose California and New York. Michigan and Ohio are definitely in play and depending on who Obama's VP is, so are Florida and Pennsylvania. Plus there are a number of states in the midwest and west (Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Missouri, Wisconsin) that could go democratic if Obama is the candidate versus Hillary. So stop with this crap about how she can win swing states and he can't.

    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Phong Nguyen

    People misspoke all the times!!! At least he tried to correct his own mistake!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Chris M.

    Hey Governor Paterson... you'd make a nice VP for President Obama if you're interested.

    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. marylee wagerman atlanta,ga

    HE IS BLIND

    HE CAN'T SEE HILLARY'S DESPERATION

    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. John

    Gov. David Paterson of New York,has just shown the Nation,what a smart, unarrogant, polished politician he is!! You make a misstatement,you dont sit on it,and let time go by! The right thing the Gov. has done is to go on the air,and correct the mistake.I am proud of this gentleman,not only for his courage,but the honesty to tell it the way it is.Good job Governor.You have lots of places to go in future.

    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. Ex-Democrat in Iowa

    Deeply Concerned in NH – you are one of the few on here that actually see the big picture.

    I would have loved to see Hillary in the White House. That would have been REAL Hope that has been proven by the Clintons in the past.

    I'm really disgusted with the Democratic Party right now. What a waste of an opportunity to put this country back on track.

    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. vw

    Believe or not, this guy will absolutely NOT vote for Hillary.

    May 28, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Linda31

    He had it right the first time, desperate. Only explaination considering what's coming out of your camp of late.

    May 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Nando, Florida

    No he had it it right the first time , I'm sure he is already placed his call to Obama to jump ship Jun 3rd

    May 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. Karrie

    Sounds like somebody sat him down and straightened him out and told him to tow the line.....or else.

    May 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Raz

    She is ruining the party, I WILL not vote for her.

    Raz

    May 28, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Michael

    Politics at its best, first one thing then another. Clinton is right about one thing, she is the only one to win because she has went out of her way to make sure Obama doesn't stand a chance. She has divided the party to the point of no return. It will be a sad day for the Democratic Party come November because McCain will be in the White House and all the Clinton and Obama supporters will be blaming each other. All the Obama supporters don't get off easy either, you are equally to blame. I don't support any candidate but if I had to choose it would have been Obama simply because he has some very intuitive ideas on how to lead this country.

    The Democratic Party and all of its supports should pat themselves on the back. Because of their shortsightedness, hurt feelings, selfish anger, among other things I will not mention in this forum, you have pretty much handed the election to John McCain on a silver platter. Good job folks, hope you enjoy having four more years of Bush politics and policy.

    May 28, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. jimmy

    Funny how so many people claim that people voted for Hillary over Obama because earlier on they didn't know Obama. Hmmm, don't you also say she is a LIAR and CHEATER? Now, come on, why would anyone vote for Hillary if they know her?

    Because she is the most qualified and most informed. If you watched the debates you would know that she was most prepared and more knowledgeable than all the candidates from the beginning.

    Clinton supporters... DON'T WRITE HER NAME IN – LET'S BE SURE OBAMA DOESN'T WIN. BE SURE TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN SO HILLARY CAN RUN IN 2012.

    McCain '08 FOR Clinton '12
    Obama, well, NEVER!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Jerry in Fresno

    You were right the first time Gov. Paterson.

    Obama won Iowa which means he can win OH, PA, etc.

    Obama has the gifts to unify the Democratic Party and make a leader for the next generation which Clinton cannot.

    There is more than just one election of concern.

    May 28, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Bayou Joe

    Call it Frustration, or desperation or just plain exasperation. It still comes down to the fact that she was mugged by the liberal left wing of the Democratic party. Obama and crew will not win in November.

    Hillary did the American public a great service by exposing this charlatan for what he is and what he represents.

    If not HIllary it will be McCain. Obama never.

    May 28, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Terry from VA

    She is desperate. How else can you explain her comments and behavior? What reasonable person would argue to change rules she supported until she was losing but not see that everyone else sees it as pandering or dishonest? What reasonable person would say that she gets all the votes and her opponent should get none of the votes because he complied with the rules and by ignoring the rules, she is ahead? What kind of person would tell reasonable people this over and over again and ask her friends to say the same thing over and over again even though they all know it flies in the face of logic? She is like a drug addict, whose fix is the nomination. She will do anything and say anything to get that fix.

    She is desperate.

    May 28, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Charles

    If Hilary Clinton is the nominee. I will never ever ever vote for a cheater. she is snake, a lier and cheat. Obama has done nothing but win, and win again. No one on this board can prove to me otherwise.
    Me and the millions of Obama supporter will write Obama name in if he is not elected. ..................

    May 28, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. LFM

    He was probably reminded of 1968...

    May 28, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. sally in cali

    Gov. Patterson, misspoke, okay? It's contagious.

    Democrats unite.

    May 28, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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