Paterson accepts Cuomo's denials

September 24, 2009 3:43:35 PM PDT
New York Gov. David Paterson is taking the word of the attorney general's staff that they had nothing to do with attempts to push the governor out of the 2010 gubernatorial race. In an interview with WCBS-AM Thursday in New York City, Paterson said he doesn't think Attorney General Andrew Cuomo or his staff were involved in reports that the White House wanted Paterson to drop out of the race.

Paterson had said Wednesday he didn't know whether Cuomo was directly involved but that his supporters were.

Paterson says he never got a message from an authorized White House spokesman that he shouldn't run. Paterson admits conversations with the White House have dealt with his "difficult situation."

A poll released Thursday shows Paterson has a 17 percent approval rating.


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