Here is what he had to say:
"Not on my watch will I allow this state to go into default," Paterson declared. "Not on my watch will I let us fritter around and make reckless decisions at a time when the citizens of this state need leadership, leadership that looks at the big picture despite the distractions of politics and special interests...and the 24-hour news cycle."
But what he wants on his watch, other declare - not so fast!
Democrats in the Senate lead by Finance Chair Carl Kruger are not ready to stop spending. Kruger calls Paterson's plan a "doomsday atmosphere," (hmmm sounds familiar) and cautioned his fellow Democrats about going along with Paterson. Kruger even went as far as saying Paterson can't do his own job.
"We will not treat this as if it’s a mass hysterical fire drill," the senator said. "And I'm not going to allow him to use us as his punching bag. So if he wants to up his poll numbers and run for re-election, he won't be running against the Legislature."It is tough to get leadership these days that understand spending within their means.