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

Carter hints at supporting Obama

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(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. Jose'

    Everyone is jumping on the Obama bandwagon because they are afraid of the repercussions if they don't.


    April 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Jay

    He was being interviewed by a newspaper in Africa, where Obama is hugely popular. What else is he supposed to say??

    CNN, don't get in such a tizzy. It's nothing.

    April 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Lisa CA

    It is going to be a sad day in America when Obama becomes the Dems nominee, because he will not beat McCain in the fall.

    April 3, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. No Hillary

    Thanks for your wisdom and your fair judgement of the candidates Mr. President. Thanks for your service to our beloved country Mr. President.

    April 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Orlando

    JC for BO now HC need a BC to fix all the head ache he has caused her.

    April 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Matt

    Hillary Supporter: "Well he has the right to choose but no way Obama is winning in November. Me and all of my friends are going are going to vote for McCain if Obama steals the election from Hillary" WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

    lets see how many of posts like these come about.

    April 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Funny

    In January?

    This is a news? No more news? No more new backer for Obama?

    April 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Stand Strong America!

    who cares what jimmy says!

    i'm voting for hillary!

    April 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    what is the Clinton campaign's excuse now ??

    they already used the judas label on Richardson so what are they going to call Carter now ??


    April 3, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. jw, canadian,ok

    Ah, finally someone who I respect 'seems' to be in the Obama camp.

    April 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Emma

    Have you lost your mind . As one fellow Georgian to another we don't need Obama.

    April 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. April in Texas

    Well I am sure the Obama supporters will welcome him or at least I will. I hope he formally endorses Obama soon.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Robert Bauer Sonoma County, CA

    You see? This campaign is over. One by one, the superdelgates are doing what they're supposed to do – represent the will of the people. The Hillary supporters can throw themselves on the floor and scream, kick their little legs and feet, and hold their collective breath 'til they all turn blue – it won't change a thing. Barak Obama is the democratic presidential nominee. Period. End of story.

    April 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Voice that matters.

    Carter be careful what you wish for. The Clinton will come at you and criticize your endorsement of Barack Obama.

    They are known to criticised every endorsements Obama get as meaningless. Hey Obama welcomes every supperdelegates' endorsement.

    Whatever reason is a enough reason to endorse Obama for President Of the United State of America.

    God Bless you and yours.

    April 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. lol

    Carter is a joke. another liberal america basher who sympathizes with palestine, and disses Israel just like obama. Wouldn't be surprised if Carter was a member of Reverend Wrights anti semitic church. I forgot they don't like rich old white men either. just an observation from this "garlic nose".

    April 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    Go Mr, Carter. I for one, love the Carters. I admire you and Roselyn for working FOR YEARS for Habitat for Humanity, Yes, Obama is a great man for "President." America craves the truth, now, more that ever.
    Wonder Why?

    Maybe, when Obama wins the race, you can take, The Clintons aside
    and tell them that by working for the poor and unfortunate, they will
    have a rewarding life in helping out in NEW ORLEANS!!!!! It would
    take years, but they might earn the kind of respect we have for you
    and Roselyn. You are great people!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the good work.
    It is commendable!!!!!!!

    Richardson did it and it took COURAGE and the rest of the Superdelegates should do it too. We can't have a liar in office.
    We just can't suffer thru that again.

    Retired Professional White Woman for Obama from Day 1.

    April 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Obama '08 & '12


    April 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Rebecca

    One again, President Carter exercises wise judgement!

    April 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. Edwin in NC

    This would be a Major Endorsement, more so than any other super delegate before. President Carter's legacy extends far from his time in the White House. The Clinton Campaign knows that this is One endorsement they cannot minimize it's significance.

    April 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Love Jimmy

    I did an amazing internship at the Carter Center in Atlanta, and i was overwhelmed by the humility and decency of Mr President. He does God's work here on earth. I hope no one will call him Judas!. God Bless you President Carter. You are my personal hero!.

    April 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. james hogan

    Its looking like the Democratic party is unifying behind Obama. I think its time for Mrs Clinton to do the samething an drop out and throw her support to Obama so we can win this thing in November, because if we dont McLoser will be the next president an gas prices will be 10 Dollars a gallon.

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Janet W

    come on aboard President Carter!!

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. William

    Considering Carter's approval rating, his endorsement of Obama may not amount to much.

    End-of-Presidency Job Approval Ratings
    President Rating (%) Election Results

    Bill Clinton
    (2 terms, D, 2001) 65 % VP Gore (D) wins popular vote but Bush (R) wins electoral college vote

    Ronald Reagan
    (2 terms, R, 1989) 64% VP Bush (R) defeats Dukakis (D)

    Dwight Eisenhower
    (2 terms, R, 1961) 59 % Kennedy (D) defeats Nixon (R)

    John F. Kennedy
    (partial term, D, 1963) 63% (VP) Johnson (D) defeats Goldwater (R)

    George Bush
    (1 term, R, 1993) 56% Clinton (D) defeats Bush (R)
    Gerald Ford

    (partial term, R, 1977) 53% Carter (D) defeats Ford (R)
    Lyndon Johnson

    (1+ terms, D, 1969) 49% Nixon (R) defeats Humphrey (Johnson did not run) (D)

    Jimmy Carter
    (1 term, D, 1981) 34% Reagan (R) defeats Carter (D)

    Richard Nixon
    (partial term, R, 1974) 24% Carter (D) defeats (VP) Ford (R)

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. LAURA

    It figures because Obama will be as inept as carter was in the presidency.

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Chuck in Oregon

    How do you say "OUCH" in a politically correct manner? I find it amazing how MR Wolfson can what appears to me, simply dismiss such a potential endorsement like this. It will be very interesting to see who he does formally endorse. I can see both the Clintons turning over and over in a fitfull sleep as they worry over this one. I wonder if Bill will become ugly again if it this endorsement goes against Hillary?

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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