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. hmmm...

    HEY BILL WHERE IS THE FIFTY DOLLARS YOU OWE ME FROM LAST NIGHT?

    May 28, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Peter, DC transplant

    Also remember that Hillary Clinton is 20 million dollars in debt. That's not victimless debt either... its colleges, universities, city municipal funds, diners, and service contractors. Its hard working, tax-paying AMERICANS that she has neglected to pay. Keep dreaming if you think she gives a flyin'-hoot about the blue collar worker. I think desperate is an appropriate adjective.

    May 28, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. CATHY

    CNN WON,T POST THIS JUST LIKE ALL MY OTHER COMMENTS BECAUSE THEY ARE PRO OBAMA BUT HERE GOES.I WILL BE VOTING FOR HILLARY IN NOV.I CALLED MY LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND FOUND OUT HOW I CAN,SO ALL YOU HILLARY SUPPORTERS CALL YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND DO THE SAME THING.LET'S SEE WHAT THE DNCDOES?

    May 28, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. kingsley

    call it the way it is patterson ! since you cant see them coming, why would you be scared of what you cant see ? or did you recieve that 3am kind of calls from their killer goons ? I predict that hillary would neede a psycho therapist after the spanking we will give her next week.

    May 28, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Central Oregon Mike

    It's simple, either you believe all votes count or you don't. There are no if(s), and(s), or but(s). How can one justify that their vote counts while another's does not. This is not a candidate issue, it's an American issue.

    May 28, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. COX UCKER

    MCcAIN....pLEASE TAKE QUEES HILLARY OUT BACK TO THE DUMPER AND LET HER PULL YOUR CHAIN

    May 28, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Blue California

    LOL.. the article underneath this one..

    "Rendell: 'Very unlikely' Clinton will win"

    Let everybody vote, and then let's see who's ahead. I'm voting Democratic either way it goes.

    May 28, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Rick

    Even as her supporter, Governor Patterson seems to acknowledge that Hillary's demand to seat the Michigan delegation when Obama wasn't on the ballot – is difficult to argue for.

    How fair is it to penalize the candidate who took his name off of the Michigan ballot so as to follow the party rules that were in place at the time? How fair is it to say that NOBODY in Michigan – not one voter, not one delegate – supports Obama? Hillary is really over the top on her MIchigan demand.

    May 28, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. fred

    Hillary is not desperate but the media who were biased so their candidate -Obama will get the nomination without taking into consideration that she more qualified and more winnable than Obama.

    May 28, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Ms Lewis from NY -- No vote for Patterson

    Back-tracking COWARD. I was impressed on Thursday. Apparently,
    Mr. Paterson got some heat for his HONEST reaction.

    May 28, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. jeff

    Wait, Hillary used to say the DNC rules should be abided by. That is a fact.

    She is grasping at straws. Her true colors are green and ugly.

    May 28, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. IG

    Why is everyone backtracking their comments? What does Bill Clinton do after people make comments against Hillary in public? Quite troubling to see that kind of power accumulation on one family.

    May 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. Marcus B. POST MY COMMENT

    This is stupid! He said exactly what he meant the first time. There is a scripture that says, through the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks! His heart was obviously abundant and his mouth clearly spoke. I saw in her speech in Boca Raton, an angry desperation in her eyes that can not be denied! She is desperate and I don't care who tries to pin a different vocabulary to it! After this mess is settled on May 31 and the last primaries are over on June 3, Hillary needs to start working on her supporters and letting them know that voting for John McInsane would be a terrible thing to do. Look at his record on women's issues. It would be stupid for any woman not stuck in the 18th century to vote for him. The same with African-Americans. You saw firsthand from Mike Huckabee the type of humor that Republicans sometimes think is funny.

    May 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  14. Erica,TX

    As a mother of 4, and a former Clinton supporter, her behavior and whining is really getting old. They need to show the voters of FL and MI the pledge all of the candidates signed not to include FL and MI, and then play the comments from Hillary stating back in Dec '07 that this was going to be a short primary and be over in Feb, and how now that the game is not going in her favor, she wants to be a spoiled sport and change the rules! She needs to remember that she is a role model for future politicians.

    May 28, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  15. left leaning independent

    I think the KEY FACT that everyone is missing is that the rulesof the democratic primary were set in advance and Obama ran a smarter campaign. To try to claim that caucus states are of less importance or that NOW Florida and Michigan should count is just sour grapes. Obama was the stronger/smarter candidate. Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda does not matter.

    We also cannot ignore the fact that New York and California are not "so-called swing states" they are reliably democratic. And just like Hillary has a leg up in the swing states of Ohio and Penn, Obama polls better in the swing states of New Mexico and Colorado.

    Bottom line...the rules were set, Obama is winning and Clinton supporters are crying foul.

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

    Patterson is a coward. Probably got a call from Bubba and ran with his tail between his legs seeking a retraction.

    Plain and simple, Billary is not frustrated, but plain old crazy. Last week sounded to me as if she put out a contarct on OBAMA.

    Sore loser go home. She is beyond pathetic!

    NH for OBAMA08!

    May 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  17. Walter

    Patterson is a coward. Probably got a call from Bubba and ran with his tail between his legs seeking a retraction.

    Plain and simple, Billary is not frustrated, but plain old crazy. Last week sounded to me as if she put out a contract on OBAMA.

    Sore loser go home. She is beyond pathetic!

    NH for OBAMA08!

    May 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Two words: FLIP FLOP

    May 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. Mark G

    That would be all well and good had he not gone to such lengths to make his statement clear. It is obvious that that is what he said, and I am sorry to see him back down so completely. I guess that's what happens when politcal pressure comes to bear. Hopefully someone will stand up like he did and say FINALLY...Enough is Enough, and not back down. I understand everyone wants to be fair to Florida and Michigan...but what about what's fair for the other 48 states who chose to obey the rules and do it right? Making Obama and the DNC look like the bad guys for even having to step in when the rules were so blatantly ignored is a shameful thing for Clinton to do.

    May 28, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. Mikey

    Nice one leon. Obama = Carter. Wow, your lucid argument wins the day. Let's try some others.

    McCain = Bush
    Hillary = Stalin
    Obama = JFK = MLK = RFK = Lincoln
    Leon = !diot

    We could do this all day long. You are so smart.

    May 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Liar, Liar pants on fire

    All of Clinton supporters are so afraid of her. The men are like pansy's and have no spine. They are afraid to say what they really think and when they do, they have to back track. If a female president will result in the males of america becoming patsy's, it would be a shame.

    May 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. scrinine

    She's not desperate or frustrated, she's defeated.

    May 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Over Her

    HIllary needs to just leave the race while she still has some dignity intact. I used to be a huge fan of Hill and Bill and I'm a hard-working white woman over age 55. The Clintons have run a disgraceful campaign. Even if she does manage to squeek through to the nomination, she and Bill have been so divisive in the course of her campaign that I doubt she could be elected dog-catcher in Podunk, IA.

    Hillary – get over yourself – we are over you!

    May 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. John

    Those who continue to deride Gov. Paterson,on his support for Hillary,are wrong.Most of them are Obama supporters.What then will they see or say when Obama is defeated? Finally,when the winner is Hillary as the President?

    May 28, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Someone must have gotten to him. LOL It's silly that he back the woman that he'll probably be giving up his governor seat to. LOL

    So of course he wants her to win, so he can keep his spot as governor.

    May 28, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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