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. jason

    it's a good arguement if you want hillary to win.

    face it: she would be far less interested in Florida and Michigan if the tables were turned. That's nothing to be suprised about, seeing as Obama is relatively uninterested in them, but she, and her supporters, shouldn't try to steal an election under the false pretense of being fair – it would be fair if Obama's name was on the ballot, and he was allowed to campaign there. As that is not the case, it is dramatically unfair.

    If you think otherwise, how about we go back and pretend Hillary's name wasn't on the oregon ballots, and give the whole state to Obama, in exachange for giving all of Michigan to Hillary. why wouldn't that be fair? How is it the hillary supporters are so concerned about the fairness to the hillary supporters in Florida and Michigan, but have no regard towards the Obama supporters in Florida and Michigan?

    May 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |


    May 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  3. Math Wiz

    What is going on? Why are we still talking about Hillary Clinton? Of course she is desperate, otherwise she wouldn't have acted like a 3 year old in demanding Michigan and Florida tallies, the same delegates she agreed in January shouldn't be counted. Fred and Brian: calm down, you can move to California now. Deeply concerned, wait for your GED scores to come in before you say Obama has no chance of carrying any of those states. In everyone of those states, excluding New York, (and Michigan and Florida because he wasn't even on the ballot,) Obama was down by 30% in polls two months before each of them. He closed all of those to 10% in all and even more so in others. To say Hillary is the better candidate is a joke! Because she and all her rabid fans are jokes! Go ahead, vote for McCain over Obama; I hope you weren't a fan of Roe v. Wade or were for a constitutional ban on gay marriage, because that's what your going to get if McCain gets his supreme court nominee, (which the next president will surely have.)

    May 28, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Mendemoi

    Just as Governor Pattaerson has declared, all honest and party loving Democrats who want to win, will agree that Hillary is in the best and most qualified position to make Democrats win. All those whose reality is shrouded in refusal and denial to see the writing on the wall, will be responsible if they nominate Obama and he loses this election for us, because the whole world knows that this presidency is the Democrat's to lose.

    May 28, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. Fred

    She will LIE,CHEAT,& STEAL to get what she wants.

    May 28, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Greg

    There goes his credibility.

    Clinton and her supporters have no shame.

    May 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Conservative Buyer- CA

    Oh I see! Paterson is making another FUNNY!!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. JB

    Hey Brian from Knoxville-

    Hilalry does have millions of supporters, but Obama has more. Just look at the popular vote and you will see that. Of course don't count the elections that Hillary agreed to not counting. That being FL and MI. She signed the piece of paper that said so.

    If Obama loses (which he won't) it will be because of the crying whining, incapable of seeing reality Hillary supporters!

    May 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. S Callahan

    I read the ongoing blogs or comments regarding Obama and Clinton and get the sense people want to throw the idea out that Obama can't win...Yet all along the discussions the Independent vote is not being talked about, or the Republicans who want change vote,...clearly many of them are prepared to vote fo Obama, will campaign for him, and are anticipating this choice. ..
    I think once Sen. Clinton conceeds, which should be soon, then you'll see he has a much greater chance than some realize.

    May 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. elm

    MI and FL should not have any deligates. Do not seat them. You can't change the rules half way thru the process. These states knew that their primary wouldn't count when they held them. Hil-Liar-y agreed to that at the time.

    And stop all this nonsense of disenfranchisement! I don't see anywhere in the constitution the "right" of any citizen to be able to vote for how deligates to political party deliberations will be handled. A party organization could decide in the smoke filled back room who is going to be thier nominee. (Still can... isn't that what is going to happen here?)

    Have all of you Hil-liar-y fanatics forgotten all the scandels of the 1990's. And what about the fund raising case in CA which the news doesn't seem to cover.

    Never Hil-liar-y ... no more HillBillies in the White House.

    May 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. R.I.F.

    Deeply Concerned in NH May 28th, 2008 5:47 pm ET
    "We cannot ignore that Obama CANNOT win the so-called "swing states in November. He has ZERO chance of carrying Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, Ohio and Florida. If you cannot carry those states..YOU CANNOT WIN THE WHITE HOUSE!"
    I'm concerned that you are even old ebough to vote considering the fact that you called CA & NY swing states.

    Hate to break it to you but, even thought I think polls are pretty worthless 5 months ahead of time while a hotly-contested primary is still going on, Obama is actually doing better in CA than Clinton against McCain. He also does better than Clinton in MI, VA, NJ, NV, NC, NM, SC, IA, NM, IL, WA, OR, etc. according to your "polls". It doesn't matter how you get to just have to get to 270.

    May 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Boston for OBAMA

    Gov Paterson..............You said it right the first time. Sorry you had to feel the wrath of the Clintons.

    May 28, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Please... a correction what???? a week later. Please go away!

    May 28, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  14. Donna

    Please don't disrespect Hillary. She has been standing with you.

    May 28, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. John

    Frustration sometimes lead to desparation....

    May 28, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  16. John

    A Kenneth M. Shame on your cheap uncouth shot at blind people! These are some of the most brilliant reliable and educated people.To target one for political incopetency on your part is just despicable.Polish up and listen to good advice,incase you missed one as a kid!!

    May 28, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. MANDY, California

    I am curious. The reason that Hillary stays in is the millions who voted for her. But she and her supporters have no issue with asking Obama to drop out to to take a second seat...or that he is unelectable.

    Doesn't he have millions of voters too?

    Does his voters count lees than hers?

    I don't understand the difference between her voters and thus her reason for staying in, and his voters and thus his unelectability.

    May 28, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Peter E

    This is a perfect demonstration of the effect of the media's so-called 'reporting.' (a.k.a. taking short phrases and even single words out of context) After delivering their carefully-worded speeches politicians have to waste days retelling the context of their speech to the press because one qualifying word was blown out of proportion by the media. And that's what they call 'news' these days.

    May 28, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. usa


    get a life, is this how u r gonna run NY??!!

    ===bill clinton pointed a finger @ him===

    May 28, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. MI voter

    His ears look a little red from the Clinton tongue-lashing, don't you think?

    She probably is frustrated, but desperate fits, too.

    May 28, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    She's frustrated, desperate, pi$$ed and dismissed.

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. Beth

    Ms. Clinton was perfectly okay with Florida and Michigan not being seated until she realized that they're her only hope for winning the nomination. If the reverse were true, she would be completely opposed to seating those states. I don't have any respect for her...can we really afford to have a president who makes a habit of "misspeaking" to the American people??? That's just a nice word to use when you're caught in a lie.

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Franky

    To be honest, frustration and desperation actually share the common phrases. Being frustrated couldlead to desperation while desparation could lead to actually culd be the same thing, with different variations.....

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. hmmm...

    i'm just jealous, i wish i had her penthhouse on the east side of New York.

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Deena

    Nick are you an idiot or a college student with a life that daddy pays for? if you add FL and MI the number to obtain is 2210 not 2026. DUH!

    May 28, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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