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. Gary Chandler in Canada

    The only way the Clinton camp can 'claim' a Popular Vote lead is to stick to 55% for her in MI and 0% for Obama. She ran uncontested against 'Uncommitted.
    If the DNC allots anything over 10% to OBama in MI he goes back into the PV lead.
    This is WITH FLA at 49.8 % for Clinton and 33% for Obama, with a missing 17% that would favor Obama, Edward's supporters.
    It is MISSPEAKING to say she wins the PV, and look at the polls in SD and MO, his PV lead widens even more. It's a lie!

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Agnostic Democrat

    I think D-E-S-T-R-U-C-T-I-V-E and P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C is more appropos. Sometimes the truth hurts more than the delusion. No need for anyone to take back their words of truth.

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. WHY?

    Why is is that when a woman runs a hard fought campaign and is tough as nails to the end, she is condemned and maligned, but a man doing the same thing is called tenatious and gains respect? Pretend the reverse of what is happening is true...would Obama step down if he was in Hillary's shoes? I think not.

    Obama supporters have NOBODY to blame but themselves if Obama wins OR loses the Presidency, because either way, the White House will be run by a self-serving, truth-stretching, mysogynistic egomaniac. (Yes , I said 'mysogynist': Obama has a condescending 'sweetie' problem and McCain had a loyal, sick wife he dumped for a rich blonde. These men are two peas from the same pod)

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. heartlight3

    Just because Obama did not win the swing states or the big states in the primary does not mean he can't win them in the general. If Hillary does her job and persuades her voters to vote democratic and vote for him, he should have no problem. The question is whther she has her voters so worked up against him that even with her encouragement they will not vote for him. That would be a problem. It seems to me it's up to her whether she is a team player or not. I wish I had more confidence that she is.

    May 28, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Jane L.

    Gov. Paterson's "desperate" statement was indeed thoughtless. Of the two candidates, Sen. Clinton has by far run the most admirable campaign, and millions of democratic voters continue to hope that she will win the nomination. They know she has the strongest case.

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

    Look more hate and despair from Obama supporters, it's impossible for them to post without screaming insults at people. I'm baffled how this unites the country, but they don't know what Obama stands for anyway, they just like a catchy campaign slogan, it's all they are able to relate to. Talk about desperate, why all the hate, if they are so confident in their candidate.

    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. ral-OH

    Well is fairly obvious Gov. Patterson got a threatening phone call
    from either Bill or Hillary, lol.

    Probably they suggested he soften his remarks, or Hillary will
    replace him as Governor.

    Hillary and Bill have no shame.
    Old School politics are not the thing to do, it is so transparent
    on what has occured,


    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Kea from Honolulu

    Maybe Clinton is a bit "bitter"? No wait, that word would be too much of an insult to the family who thinks they are entitled to the top job.

    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  9. Suzette

    You had it right the first time Mr. Paterson. This change in your tune is a clear indication that the Clinton goons have gotten to you. I guess that RFK reference stuck a nerve.

    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. hmmm...


    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  11. Mike from Westchester

    I guess Paterson got a call from the Clintons.

    Deeply Concerned in NH wrote:
    "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"

    You are kidding me, right? Another "desperate" Clinton supporter grasping for straws. Recent polls show that Obama leads McCain in 4 of the 6 states listed. He's behind by 7 in Florida and by 1 in Michigan, thanks mostly to Hillary spreading discontent.

    With all the lies she has spread about Obama's role in disenfranchising them, no one in either Florida or Michigan should support her. It was actually her campaign manager, Terry McAuliffe, and her other buddies at the DNC (Clinton cronies on the Committee voted 12- 0 for the sanctions) who are to blame.

    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. BJ

    Obviously, the good Governor has realized that Clinton indeed has to chance to be the nominee!

    Wonder how many supers are going to "jump back on the wagon"? It's fairly obvious with the criticisms that Obama has received lately, together with his naive positions on foreign policy, that Hillary is more electable versus McCain in November.

    Hillary has her baggage from her husband's presidency, but they are nothing compared to the issues that face Obama in the coming months!

    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. Les-Wa

    Obama and his mental midget supporters said they can take Denver and New Mexico in general election (9 and 5 electoral votes), McCain will take Ohio that is 20 electoral votes, where is their math in winning electoral college votes? Hillary right now is 300 electoral votes, defeating McCain and Obama; McCain is ahead in electoral votes against Obama looking at the map. What matter in this election are SWING STATES. Obama won in caucuses that are Republican states for years and will remain Republican for many years to come, example of that is Idaho (caucus – Obama won), that is a Republican state. South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, these are ALL republican states and will remain that way for many years to come. He ONLY won in those states because of BLACK VOTES, AA voted for Obama because he's BLACK, and that's a FACT.

    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. New Sensation

    Hillary, go "Florida" yourself! The race is over, Barack won, you lose!

    May 28, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  15. H



    HILLARY 08

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

    Hillary Cheated in FL & MC!!!!! Looks like another Bush administration!!!! NO MORE LIES!!!! If Obama makes a mistake he answers for it and apologizes. I want honesty and NO EXPERIENCE next in Washington. The experience of the past has destroyed this country or close to it!!!! I want new, fresh, young and NO ties to lobbiests or Washington insiders. Change, change and more change!!!! He only can do better for us, the American People–I do not want what we have and Hillary is more of the same!!!!!

    May 28, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. tigerakabj

    You had it right the first time Governor. Frustrated, desperate, crazy, maniac, con artist, all of these describe Hillary.

    Sounds like you got a few hate calls from the Clintons.

    May 28, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Tejano

    It is not over until the fat lady sings. This thing will go all the way to the convention and I pray that better heads prevail. Hillary should be the nominee, not Obama. Obama can only win the Caucus states.Not enought to win in November. Hillary is right.

    May 28, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Margaret

    You were right the first time Governor, she is 'desperate'.

    Did you get a call from Bill?

    May 28, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Isaac

    No, he was right the first time. It's desperation.

    The only way she'd be the better candidate in the general election is if only Democrats were allowed to vote in it.

    Go play CNN's Delegate Game. You'll see that if the remaining contests are split 50-50 down the middle Obama only needs 5 more superdelegates to win the nomination. She needs 67% of the votes in the remaining contests and 100% of the remaining superdelegates to win.

    Face it. IT IS OVER!

    May 28, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. mattD

    I can see why Hillary is frustrated cause we all know she is more electable but the media is trying to portray her as otherwise.

    May 28, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. David, Silver Spring, MD

    She's frustrated that we're not as desperate to have her as President as she is to be President.

    May 28, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. BillJ

    are talking about a blind man here..........what does he see....................
    well Paterson keep your trap shut. Hillary.................08................................

    May 28, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. len2052

    Everybody seems to forget that it was a REPUBLICAN dirty trick to move the primaries up.
    They had the majority vote in both fla and mi

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

    Go Hillary!!!!

    Otherwise, be prepared to suffer the consequences with McCain...

    Obama will never win... Kerry lost in 2004, even when he was a war hero...

    What about Obama??? A rethoric hero???

    May 28, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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