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. monica, rochester ny

    Burrito, don't worry the 1.3 million donors to the Obama campaign will make up the difference for your lost contribution to Carter's charities. Seems you didn't care about the beneficiaries of those causes anyway if you're willing to abandon them just to "punsh" Carter for not voting the way you want him to. How immature.

    April 3, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Rae - Sammmanish, WA

    A man of integrity supports another man of integrity. What's this world ocming to?

    April 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Matt

    Obama can not win in November even if God himself endorsed him. If Clinton does not get the nomination, Mccain will be our next president and you can count on it.

    April 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Phong Nguyen

    I may consider voting for S. Obama after he cleans up his church!!!

    April 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. RW

    Been Burrito keep your $2 I'm sure Carter won't miss it . Besides, you will need it by time McCain and Hillary get done finishing off the Bush disaster. Lisa, have you been watching the polls? I guess not, because it shows that Hillary has a 64% chance of losing to McCain to Obama 22%. So really it would be a much sadder day for America if Hillary when the nominee. They will squash her. Now, Obama on the other hand is and has been fighting the Clinton machine and McCain. Wow, Obama you are bad man, it take all three to take you down and they still can't overcome you. Why? Because you have someone on your side that is far GREATER than mankind and that person is JESUS. I quote, "IF GOD BE FOR YOU THAN WHO OR WHAT CAN STAND AGAINST YOU!"

    Give it up guys who can stand up against GOD!! His will will be done.

    April 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Hillary is DONE!

    Time for another 'The Sky is Falling" press conference from the Clintons and their thug staff including fatboy Penn.

    April 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. CHERYL

    OBAMA = BAD DECISIONS, RACISM,DISENFRANCHISEMENT!

    HE IS THE CAUSE OF ALL THE ANIMOSITY BETWEEN THESE TWO CAMPS!

    HILLARY'S PEOPLE WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HIM!

    I SURE WONT!

    THIS WAY I CAN SAY DON'T BLAME ME!

    I AM POSITIVE OBAMA WILL NEVER MAKE IT TO THE WHITE HOUSE KARL ROVE IS CIRCLING LIKE A VULTURE!!!!

    THE GOP WILL RUIN HIM!!!!!!

    VOTE FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Debbie

    It's nice to hear former politicians keep supporting Obama.

    I guess they don't care what the Clinton lobbyists have to say.

    April 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Steve

    respectully one of our worst presidents ever...

    April 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Amy Jacobson

    An endorsement from a mediocre past president is always good news. The smart voters reduced their donations to Obama by 20% and Hillary is winning the upcoming races. Way to go Bama! 20% know you better now.

    April 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. A GEORGIA MAMA THAT LOVES OBAMA!!!!

    THANKS MR. CARTER FOR LISTENING TO YOUR PEOPLE!!

    AND THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OBAMA!! ALL OF YOU

    SAYING THAT YOU WILL SUPPORT MCCAIN IF HILLARY DOESN'T

    GET THE NOMINATION? OBVIOUSL YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT

    THIS COUNTRY OR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!! STOP BEING

    SELFISH AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT!! YOU KNOW GOOD AND WELL

    WITH US ECONOMICALLY FACING A RECESSION DUE TO

    REPUBLICAN RULE, WE DO NOT NEED TO KEEP TROOPS IN IRAQ

    FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS! DO YOU KNOW THAT IT COSTS US

    MILLIONS PER DAY TO BE IN IRAQ?? DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR

    THE COUNTRY!!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!! '08

    April 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Chris from Indiana

    Now..i can see the heavens open, celestial choir singing "Slap in your face, Hillary".

    Wonder how negative and silly Hillarys' supporters are going to get.

    Hillary quit amusing us, you know you can't win and so do your supporters. The right thing to do, is to carry the person who is going to win. Hillarys supporters who are genuinely care about the country should vote for Obama in Pennsylvania.

    April 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Concerned Voter

    Poor choice for the ex-pres. You would think that he would not go with the stream but with his conscience. I hope he stays out of it and not let his name be tarnished.

    April 3, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. smugsz

    Us dems need to stop fighting. I hope that Hillary backers wont vote for McCain in this election, that would be treason. Just because u dont get the person you want doesnt mean u should ruin it for everyone else. They basically are saying the same things, its just the package it comes in thats making the slight difference. I dont care about pastors or Bosnian headshots or 3am nonesense. I do care about healthhcare, the national debt and the deflating dollar. John McCain has done nothing to inspire me on those fronts whatsoever.. The best way to ruin these arab oil countries in an effort to change leadership is to stop using OIL as much. The president that pushes that agenda will indear the public as well as strike back at these radical people in there strongest spot!! In their pocket!

    April 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Chris

    Now..i can see the heavens open, celestial choir singing "Slap in your face, Hillary".

    Wonder how negative and silly Hillarys' supporters are going to get.

    Hillary quit amusing us, you know you can't win and so do your supporters. The right thing to do, is to carry the person who is going to win. Hillarys supporters who are genuinely care about the country should vote for Obama in Pennsylvania.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. CHERYL

    THE REASON THAT HILLARY LEADS OBAMA WITH WHITES IS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT HE DISLIKES WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!!!

    EVIDENT BY HIS AND HIS WIFES COMMENTS!!!!!!!

    AND HIS LAST 20 YEARS IN WRIGHTS CHURCH!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Steve, New York, New York

    That is great!!!

    By the way, aren't we still waiting for Hillary to release her tax filings? What's the problem, Ms. Clinton?

    If, by some miracle, that Hillary gets elected, I am wondering if she will cut education spending as her first act as president? She polls so well among people that lack college educations, such a move could help her hold on to power.

    April 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Atanu

    President Carter is almost correct . According to me though, making a truce with Osama, will remove ALL the animosity USA had developed with other nations.
    Well President Carter's like many more's default and defacto choice of Senator Obama "for that reason" should not go in vain. Thanks.

    April 3, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Eric-PA

    Yet another brainwashed super delegate.

    April 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. CW4Barak

    LadyinMN....you need to wake up, stop hanging on to the Clintons cause they don't care about you or the American people....they are in this thing for themselves....Hillary is like that lady in the bible who lied that the other woman's baby was hers and King Solomon said he would cut the baby in 1/2 for them both...let's change baby to nomination, Hillary would be the lady that says, cut the nomination in 1/2, I wan't my 1/2 no matter how it destroys the party, but Obama would say, no don't cut the nomination in 1/2 give her the full thing so that the party won't be destroyed!

    OBAMA '08

    April 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Obama For 2 terms!

    Obama is a GODSEND!

    April 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Marsh

    If you look back at the Carter administration, you'll see how he tried to reach across the isle to the Republicans to bring about change. It is fitting that he would endorse Obama. Thank you President Carter.

    April 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Joe Black

    Boy, wait till he gets his 3:00 AM phone call from Hillary.

    She'll tear him a new one!

    Just ask Richardson.....

    April 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. missy, nashville, tn

    JUST LOST ANY RESPECT I HAD FOR CARTER, CARTER IS ALSO A ISRAEL HATER, HIM AN OBAMA WILL MAKE A GOOD PAIRING

    April 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. RRH, Connecticut

    I wish no one would make endorsements until the last vote has been cast. It is about who can wear down a delegate more. Obama is relentless which is something the Clintons have not been.
    These endorsements are from many whom have failed miserably at their own bid for the Presidency. Dodd, Richardson, Kerry and Kennedy to mention a few.
    Tom Daschle, the former sitting minority leader lost his own re-election which is unheard of. I can see a new political career for some if Obama wins.

    April 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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