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. Common Sense


    Hillary supporters just trash anyone!

    I'm starting to wish these people would JUST LEAVE THE PARTY.....

    If Hillary has done one good thing....

    It's to EXPOSE you so Democrat Extremists!


    April 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Nganga

    A man of respect and dignity just like Bill Richaerdson. But wait untill the Clintons start dragging him in the mud for supporting Obama!
    You see what they are doing with Gov. Richaerdson. At first they said the endosement does not matter but now they want to taint his name so he doesn't look like the kind of a leader who would be VP coz he is not in their camp!
    But this is what defines the Clintons.

    April 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. La Raza

    It's amazing to hear some bloggers write "who cares what Carter thinks" when they know darn well that if he endorsed Hillary they would sing another tune.

    The reality is Obama will win it all so get ready folks. It really won't be that bad.....really.

    April 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. dan

    leaders prove themselves Obama is earning one vote at a time what a great anticipation to be endorsed by a former president. Obama will win alot of states.He will break the rules of the west ,east,south, and north and win big in our america of the so called blue states and red states. this is our America we believe in. Go Obama

    April 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Shannon

    Ha! I love it!

    I can't wait to see who Al Gore endorses!

    April 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. Peter OR

    President Carter has my respect and the respect of many Americans of all generations.

    I am sure that is decision will be fair, and carefully thoughtful. He has ample reason for supporting Senator Obama. He appears to be Pro-Obama, his family is Pro-Obama, his electorate is Pro-Obama, and I and the majority of the United States Voters in this Democratic nomination process that have cast their ballots so far are Pro-Obama.

    Obama – 08

    April 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  7. Barbara, New Jersey

    Please take notice to all the politicians supported Obama, THEY ALL LOST!!!!!! Jealousy rears it's ugly head that Bill Clinton is the only Democratic President since FDR to win two terms in office. Go Hillary!!

    April 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Kevin

    This is great. But the real votes that really count are the people's votes. NOTE: To that guy that asked us "Obamapologists" to do the math, I would love to. Last time I checked, we had more popular votes, and there are still a bunch of caucuses that havent been counted. We have more pledged delegates than BILLARY, and we have won more than half of the states in the country. If you think we need the south to win, you are sadly mistaken. ANother thing, these polls are whats on peoples minds now, no on November. So polls about the Gen. Election are nothing now.

    April 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. Obama all the way....

    Another smart man jumps on the train...Welcome President Carter....take a seat...although it may be hard for you to find one...it is getting mighty crowded on the Obama train. Standing Room Only!!!


    April 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    The Democratics will be unified once Obama or Clinton is name as the one. Obama will be the one and even the Clintons will line up behind him. Once she is so deeo in debt sHe will ask Obama to bail her out and help her pay off he debt.

    April 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Mike

    It is not a significant who the superdelegate is in most cases when they declare their alliance. The significance of all the superdelegates aligning themselves with Obama is a very significant trend. When taking a step back about 9-12 months ago most of these delegates pledged their allegance to the Clintons. Especailly being such an insider in Washington who wouldnt vote for who they are most familiar with. What is happening is a convincing trend of insiders who have known the clintons for years both bill and hillary and are saying sorry but its time to move on. How many of these superdelegates aligned themselves with Obama 9 months ago and are saying see you Barack I am supporting Hillary???? The answer is 0....

    April 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Michael

    Let see how the Clinton camp can spin this one.

    April 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Pat

    Sounds like a loser support group. Get Walter Mon-dull on board and you've got a loser trifecta. Maybe Obama can get McGovern's Kiss of Death endoresment, too. Folks, if Carter is endoring anyone, you know to run, not walk, but RUN away as fast as you can... and hold on to your wallet while you're at it.

    April 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Diane Boyd

    I love Jimmy Carter! He is a very wise man.

    April 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Connie

    Thank you, President Carter - a very wise choice!

    And to "Lady in MN": My, you sound every bit as bitter as the candidate you support!

    April 3, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. IAMWMD

    President Carter is a very smart man.

    Wise up Clintonistas, everyone can see through her lies except you.

    We're not aginst Hillary because she's a woman, we're against her because she's a liar.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Ruth

    If any of us think that one person is going to bring change when none
    of us want to change in this country we are all not thinking straight.
    The only person we can change is ourselves and even that isn't easy.

    April 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Jack

    Why does Obama continue to rack up support from losers???

    1-term president Jimmy Carter is not something to brag about?

    April 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Chief lagosboyNJ

    This is Hillarious!!! Kudos to President Jimmy Carter. IT IS OVER! Enough with this Dog and Pony show. Hillary has a major problem, her supporters her jumping ship and her campaign is financially bankrupt. She is not paying her bills. No Money = No Campaign. Just a matter of time now. Death Watch: , 1 potato, 2 potato, 3 potato, 4 potato…….Hillary (aka Ms. Rambo) do us all a favor and go home, better still go back to Bill, he still love's you!!

    Our President, Obama 08 & 12!

    April 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. sue

    Who cares. I would think Obama would not be particularly interested in an endorsement of Carter since people seem to be saying Obama will be another one term Carter Presidency if he wins the White House.

    April 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Splurge

    Obama supporters do the same thing. Once someone doesn't support Obama, they must diminish and smear them. Now that Carter seems to be leaning toward Obama, Carter is ok with Obama supporters. Same old politics as usual, just a different face.

    April 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Santosh-Philadelphia

    This is no surprise. Carter and the Clintons never had a good relationship. After his Presidency, the administration that Carter had the best relationship with was the 1st Bush Administration. He was especially close to James Baker. He had a slight falling-out with them over Gulf War 1, which in turn caused Carter to give a lukewarm endorsement to Bill Clinton in 1992. The main deciding factor was that Carter genuinely likes and respects Al Gore. But he was very disappointed that the Clinton Administration hardly ever consulted him on anything and in hindsight liked Bush 1 better.

    Carter is also very pro-Palestine and very much a dove. I think he views the Clintons (Bill, anyway) as much more pro-Israel, more uni-lateral in nature than Obama who is completely anti-war and most likely more dovish towards Islamic regimes.

    April 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Mike Jones

    thanks for the "endorsement", Prez.

    April 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. Emmanuel

    President Carter was President of the United States and a great citizen of the world. I admire this ex-president greatly for his selfless work and sacrifice in helping the less privilaged and oppressed people around the world, especialy in Africa. Thank you Mr. President.

    April 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. John

    Why not be a traitor like Bill Richardson?

    April 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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