April 3rd, 2008
04:05 PM ET
8 years ago

Carter hints at supporting Obama

 Carter hinted Wednesday he'd likely support Obama.

Carter hinted Wednesday he'd likely support Obama.

(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter all but said Wednesday he plans to cast his superdelegate vote for Barack Obama.

Speaking with a Nigerian paper while in Abuja, Carter noted several reasons why he might be leaning toward the Illinois senator.

"Don’t forget that Obama won in my state of Georgia," Carter said. "My town, which is home to 625 people, is for Obama, my children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama."

"As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for but I leave you to make that guess," Carter added.

The Carter Center confirmed to CNN the newspaper did quote Carter accurately.

Responding to the comments, Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said Thursday, "Both Senator Clinton and President Clinton have a great deal of respect for President Carter and have enjoyed their relationship with him over the years, and obviously he is free to make whatever decision he thinks is appropriate with regard to presidential choice."

Wolfson also acknowledged "people will be interested in the choice that he makes."

Carter's remarks are the latest from the former president that suggest he is backing Obama over rival Hillary Clinton, although he has made no official endorsement. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in January, Carter said Obama's campaign has been "extraordinary and titillating for me and my family."

He also said then that Obama "will be almost automatically a healing factor in the animosity now that exists, that relates to our country and its government."

Related: Watch Brian Todd's analysis of Carter hinting at supporting Obama

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (509 Responses)
  1. Paul Sheanus, Alberta Canada

    This is the stamp of approval by a former President and, more importantly, white southern govenor. It gives fence sitters more legitimacy in coming out and supporting Obama without the 'Judas' label. Bill Clinton has less ammo to arm twist for Hillary.

    April 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. CHERYL

    I THINK THIS IS A CROCK!!!!!

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE POLLS TO SEE THAT HILLARY LEADS IN NATIONAL AND PENN POLLS!!!!!!

    THIS IS ANOTHER FUTILE ATTEMPT TO TURN MORE PEOPLE AGAINST HILLARY!!!!!!!

    THE NEWS MEDIA OUTLETS ARE RUN BY REPUBLICANS WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM OBAMA BEING THE NOMINEE!!!!!!

    THEY WILL DRAG HIS DIRT OUT AND HE'S GONE!!!!!!

    THEN WE GET McCAIN!

    DON'T BE FOOLED PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Dave

    Lady in MN...

    1) The Clintons brought in millions in personal deals this year that did not come from sources considered 'legal' for a U.S. Senator and a lawyer; whereas, Reverand Wright's sermons have now been read in their entirety and found have nothing wrong with them.

    2) Last night NBC's Tim Russert 'did the math and showed just how Obama will will the GE without Ohio, Florida or Michigan. He will win Virginia.

    3. CNN and MSNBC are NOT the only news media covering the election. You have to face the fact that Obama is simply winning.

    4) The hatred you spew really doesn't make you much of a lady.

    April 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Obama Damu

    Yes Jimmy Carter was a good man (and he still is) and a bad President! Bill Clinton was a good president but not a good man (and he still isn't). Barack Obama will be both a good man and a good president

    April 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. true democrat

    Hillary supporters, please quit bashing people when you don't get your way! When, I last checked, Obama is the will of the people as he leads in the popular votes as well as in pledged delegates. Moreover, he is not stealing anything from Hillary. She has had a fair opportunity. Quit looking for excuses. Whether you are a Hillary supporter or an Obama supporter, at the end of the primary process, you should follow Rendell's lead, and support whoever the Democratic nominee is. Or, are you willing to sacrifice the good of the country for your hurt feelings? McCain has his own baggage which will come out soon enough!

    April 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. ariel

    Sal In Phoenix:the worst in American Presidential history is George W. Bush.

    April 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Robert NYC & Miami

    I AM BURNING YOUR BOOK MR. CARTER.

    April 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Maria Garcia

    so what??? who cares? after all Jimmy Carter's presidency was one of the worse , ever, I remember myself as a newly wed couple , my husband and I almost starve to death, the inflation and job less under Carter administration was bad, really bad. so , his endorsement means nothing to us.

    April 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. kyle

    remember everyone. we're all democrats here. as much as the republican pundits want to paint mccain as a moderate he is a hardcore bush-esque neocon. we are on the brink of disaster and if we can't come together as a party this country will crumble. STOP FIGHTING AND START UNITING!

    hillary supporters for obama!
    obama supporters for hillary!

    democrat 08!

    April 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. eddie

    I'm not shocked that the worst president of all time is endorsing the most liberal senator in the country.

    April 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Marc

    The secret weapon to Obama's demise: Get an endorsement from Jimmy Carter.

    April 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama has just been given the kiss of death... This will hurt if too many people take it to mean that Obama shares Carter's views on things.

    April 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Indy

    I bet Obama bots saying "do the math" does not have basic math skills to do any math.

    It is a euphemism they heard somewhere and repeating to sound intelligent.

    April 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Heidi

    I'm a long-time admirer of Carter, but his presidency was a disaster and he has never been on good terms with the Clintons. Funny, people keep making the analogy between Obama and JFK, but in many ways Obama is closer to Carter in terms of his naivete and lack of experience. Too bad we're not going to find this out until after the nominating process. I think the party elders should stop interfering and let the voters be heard in all 50 states. This is the best way to produce the most viable candidate in the general election.

    April 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Mike Birmingham, AL

    If Carter supports Obama, then me and everybody I know will vote for Ronald Reagan.

    oh wait...

    April 3, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Marilyn

    Who cares?? I hope you guys enjoy 4 years of a McCain presidency!

    April 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. love jimmy c

    however he's never made the best decisions.

    April 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Universal Citizen

    The Clinton Campaign has gone to great lengths to denigrate anyone who does not side with them. They take their plays out of the neo-con playbook - "If you are not with us, you are against us" mentality.

    Bill Richardson is the Judas of all Judases; caucus states don't matter because their populations are inconsequential; SC, AL et al don't matter because they are black statese voting for a black man.

    Now Jimmy Carter, who negotiated the peaceful release of US hostages from the Iranian Ayatollahs before Ronald Reagan came and rode on the success; the man, along with is wife (despite their ages), and staff at the Carter Center, who have risked fame and fortune, in their service to humanity through the pursuit of democracy and the PEACEFUL establishment of democratic institutions around the world, is suddenly a failure and non-person just because he hints at endorsing Obama.

    It is precisely because of such vicious politics that the Clinton Campaign has successfully turned away many people who had initially supported her.

    And it seems to me that they have not learned, or have just refused to learn from their mistakes.

    It's really a shame.

    April 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Gillis

    President Carter, a true statesman. Please stop aging. We need you.

    April 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. CHERYL

    DON'T FALL FOR IT FOLKS!!!!!!!

    SENATOR CLINTON WILL WIN THIS!!!!!!

    PEOPLE NO LONGER TRUST THE LIAR OBAMA!!!!!!

    HEY OBAMA_________

    I WANT MY VOTE COUNTED IN FL!!!!!!

    HILLARY CLINTON OUR NEXT PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Deb at Texas ranch

    GOOOO! Jimmy, you know what's right.

    April 3, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. love jimmy c

    jimmy, however never made the best decisions.

    April 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Joel King

    Is the 39th President another irrelevent endorsement?

    April 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Rita

    Why do Obama supporters have to be Kool-Aid drinkers? Many Blacks often talk about drinking kool-aid growing up because of being poor. Is this a racial slur?

    April 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Kevin, Louisville, Ky

    Lady in Mn...have you ever been in war zone,,,if you have and you care about people you would never lie about the experience or garnish it for votes...says a lot about a person and the pple who believe in her !

    April 3, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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