April 3rd, 2008
04:05 PM ET
9 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. AJ

    Oh goody – a former president who's presidency was a dismal failure!! Carter should stick to humanitarian efforts and stay out of politics.

    April 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Lee From Treasure Island Florida

    Yes, All the peanut farmers of America thank you, President Carter!
    Obama 08

    Hillary...oh Hillary, where are your taxes, where is that donors list for the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Library....we as taxpayers deserver to who you we are getting...and who you might OWE favors to IF you get in the White House.
    Also...can you please pay your bills, looks bad in the head lines...you stiffing the little people who voted for you.

    April 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Art

    Another great reason to never vote for Obama – an endorsement from our second to worst president.

    April 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Amit, NY, NY

    I don't understand why Hillary supporters keep attacking anyone who doesn't agree with their point of view. Seems like the hatred they have is deep and real which stops them from thinking and acting logically. Instead of complimenting Obama for inspiring the young people of America to be more involved, they keep tearing him and the youth of America down. It's sad to see. Be a Democrat, be positive people.

    April 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. SBvoter

    well, I'm glad at least Carter got it right. (i'm not happy about it).
    Obamaa won Georgia and carter is following what his voters wanted unlike Judas, oops i mean Richardson. anyway,
    Every one give Hillary $10 today...if 1 million people gave her $5 or $10 today then we could shut this guy down..obviously he's using all his money in Penn to beat her (and he still can't)
    Come on Hillary supporters – we can do it!!!

    April 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Adam - TX

    Carter was one of the worst president's in American History. Does anyone really want his nomination? I think not.

    April 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Another endorsement from the Left Wing of the Democratic party. The wing of the party that the American people having rejected in election after election for President.
    I am waiting for Rev. Jackson and Al Sharpton to endorse Obama, why have those two not come out with their endorsement of Obama or are they supporting Hillary?

    April 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Joseph

    Recents polls show Obama losing to McCain in Florida and Ohio and he is barely even with McCain in PA. The Obama Express will lose in 2008. They will be campaign hard and will not want Bill or Hillary Clinton's help. That is fine. MCCain will win. Hillary will be the nominee in 2012 and win. Obama will be washed up. Hillary is beating McCain in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Democrats lost FLorida and Ohio in 2004 and barely won in PA. Obama was strong during the primaries but he has yet to make a huge dent nationally against McCain.

    April 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Joe

    Reading a blog like this demonstrates one thing. The US needs to spend a whole lot more effort educating our citizens. Is there anybody left in the country who can spell and string ten words together into a coherent sentence?

    On the other hand, I suspect about half of these postings are written by pros who are trying to look like "average folks".

    April 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. kp

    The great peacemaker knows what he is talking about.

    April 3, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. prakash chand

    Another white man out of his mind

    April 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. meme

    "Oh say can you see?"

    April 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Cerebral

    People who think for themselves are not influenced by endorsements. But, people who cant think for themselves and doesn't even know the General Election is November 2008 and not in 2009 will be influenced greatly by celebrity endorsements.

    Just like star stuck people going to Obama events and gets hope and inspiration with empty words.

    April 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. Yankee Dog

    This will be a huge enorsement from our most respected former President. I so admire Jimmy Carter and hold his opinion in the hightest regard. American would do well to follow his example of humility, humanity, and diplomacy. I see some of those qualities in Obama too.

    April 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    When you need to rely on grand conspiracy theories such as universal media bias to make your candidate "viable" ... you've already lost.

    April 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Bill

    Oh great,the worst President in history is backing Obama & his supporters think that's good news.It will be a mere footnote to McCain's inauguration.

    April 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Splurge

    If superdelegates were supposed to represent the will of the people then Richardson and Kennedy would be supporting Hillary – she won their states! lol

    April 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Moses

    Its funny all this time I THOUGHT he already had endorsed Obama???

    Apparantly you guys are great at including distorted headlines.


    I wonder who Eugene Mccarthy would endorse if he was alive?? HMMMMM.

    April 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. karen from va

    I have always respected Carter as a humanitarian and a person who "gets the big picture." He is a devout Christian and I'm pleased that he hasn't denounced Obama's pastor like so many other supposed Christians. What a wonderful endorsement for Obama. I'm so happy to see the tide turning toward earnest leadership and clear thinking.

    April 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Obiwan

    Matt how can you say Obama if obama steals the vote, Last time I checked he is leading in states won, delegate count, and the popular, get your facts straight.

    April 3, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. mary from tn

    Why has Pres. Carter not fought for the voters in Florida & Michigan? Perhaps he has, and I have just not heard. If Obama had won in Florida & Michigan, I can only imagine the response to disenfranchising the voters. Obama had a wonderful chance to be about true hope & make sure that Michigan & Florida were able to revote. Instead he supported rules that took away voters' rights and endangered our ability to win in Florida & Michigan in the general election. He was also not truthful about the Wright situation. This was a terrible lack of judgment & will harm Democrats in the election. It is a disgrace that the DNC & Senator Obama do not allow millions of voter to be heard. Rules that throw out voters who did nothing but try to make their voices be heard will kill us in the general election.

    April 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Flem

    Carter was the worst president of the 20th century...waffling, weak, uninformed, hateful of the military. He is not the type of endorsement that Obama needs.

    April 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. SA

    Why doesn't he just say he supports Obama? Every politician on earth can endorse Obama if they want. It still won't mean much to Americans like me who see little strength and substance behind his facade.

    April 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Bless

    He is too old to see somebody clear! God bless American!

    April 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. Donald, SC

    Go! Go! Go!

    April 3, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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