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. Linda

    I am glad democrats want to be healed. But have we not learned from last election... Being the popular vote meas NOTHING. YOU can still lose!! I already see my new bumper sticker now....
    DON'T BLAME ME I VOTED FOR HILLARY. Barack will never beat Mccain in a election. All this stuff they are doing to get our hopes up high will come crashing down once the real candidate (Hillary) steps away. Anyone ever hear of policy? what is obamas BIG plan for the country?? Besides holding hands and singing WE ARE THE WORLD AS other countries drop bombs and fly more planes in to us, as our children starve to death, and our economy shrinks? Soon American children will be on feed the children and we will be begging Canada, and England to save our poor kids.

    April 3, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. MA

    Wow, notice this Obama guy's winning in a row, again! – this time the superdelegates. Does anyone still believe he won't be the nominee?

    April 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. eli

    time has come to listen to the wise, seasoned and decent people. Jimmy Carter might not have been the most charismatic and shrewd president of the decade but he knows to pick a chance...the whole world knows this is Obama. Clinton and McCain are bad news and it is sad to see that those who suffer the most from what they stood for in the past are believing in them as their saviour. Unreal!

    April 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Rick

    Good, now we have 2 idiots, Obama and Carter. You think things went bad when Carter was President, just wait to see what happens if Obama gets in.

    April 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. Carolyn

    What the. . . .? Aren't you for the poor and the disenfranchised? Why would you endorse such an elitist?

    April 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Steven

    This is surely good news for Hillary and John McCain. Getting an endorsement from an irrelevant failed president who has taken a sharp turn to the left in recent years and seems to have cozied up to virtually all of America's enemies, is not the good news that Senator Obama might wish to spin it as.

    April 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Holly B

    Hey Matt

    The election is not Hillary's to be stolen!!!

    April 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. tewabu

    Good Mr. President. By the way why Bill's name is mentioned in the news, he is not the one campain for president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Jack, Texas

    Nothing will change the fact. Obama is not qualified to be a senator!

    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Florida For OBAMA

    Thank your Mr President. We look forward for your official endorsement.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Obama 08

    Good choice man. To all of those Hill supporters that are mad at you for this, is called fustration!

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. nancy


    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. 17 yr old kansas obama supporter

    Now what Hilary? its not fair? i'm sure someone will say something about how THE FORMER PRESIDENT vote for FUTURE PRESIDENT Obama doesnt count! GO OBAMA LETS WHEN WITH GRACE AND GET THIS OVER WITH!! all she can do is bring up wright!

    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Jeff Radun

    Jimmy was a disaster when trying to deal with Iran and the American hostages.
    Helicopter crashed killing all aboard.
    Let him endorse Obama and give him the same type of presidency as Jimmy had
    One term and a horrible one at that

    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Teresa

    Alright JC. Give your endorsement to seal the deal.

    Go Obama 08"

    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Rod

    Democrats 08
    Even if you don't agree with him endorsing Senator Obama you should at least look at why he is supporting him.
    A lot of people are going to continue to come out for Obama till we hit PA and it would be wise to really take a look at why he is gaining so much support. If you decide it is because of race or gender you aren't paying attention.
    Remember support your party and support the Union as we all are a part of what binds this country for the pursuit of Happiness.

    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Jacques Chery

    Go GO OBAMA you are the man

    Obama 08 Bilary I am sorry but it seems like you are done and you ve been over it for sometimes now. Poor Bilary. Go Go Obama 2008 I am so pround to be black

    April 3, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Independent

    i am from the middle east, but am not muslim. i still have many middleeastern friends (of all faiths) and all consistently agree that Obama will go far in healing the united states' reputation and status amoung the people of that region. the less animosity there is between the regions means that there will be less risk of violence and terrorism and a greater possibility for peace and accord. i agree with Carter on this point.

    April 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Ohiobo, J From Vancouver, Canada

    In the general election, will Obama win the election and become a president and leader of the most powerful country in the world? The answer is capital No. He is a very smart and likeable person, but he does not have the experience or judgement to be president. Nominating him means that, the democrats are headed for another defeat.

    April 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. nick in SF

    Billary go bake a cake. The most respected President says Obama. The least respected says you and that is your liar of a husband Bill. How sad it must be to be you and him.

    April 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Vince

    As one fellow Georgian to another... WE NEED OBAMA!!!!! THANK YOU Pres. Carter!!!

    April 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Venus

    Thank you Mr. Carter! You were a great president!

    April 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. truth be told

    Hillary is in not statistical tie...that's a myth. WAKE UP! Considering the stage of the race, his lead is consequential. He is way of ahead....even if you do count Florida.

    As for media bias, what about the one year period, where all the newspapers were nearly already crowning the first female president!!!! People have a very short memory. Is is Obama's fault that he is a better and more exciting candidate than Sen Clinton?

    Thank you Mr Nobel price winner Jimmy Carter

    April 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Michelle

    Lady in MN

    In answer to your questions:

    1. The tax returns are important because they show us as Americans that she can be transparent. What is she hiding? She lied about her foreign policy experience and NAFTA (her support was shown on tape when she was first lady), now she is reluctant to show us her tax returns. I don't know about you, but I'm sick of being lied to.

    In terms of the Pastor, you cannot control what others say. Obama has repeatedly denounced his Pastor's comments, but people still seem to believe that he is so naive to believe everything his Pastor says. Hey, I am a devoted Catholic, and I have stood by my church and my religion even when I heard of numerous "Pastors" sexually molesting young children. Do I believe in sexual molestation because I am a devoted Catholic? Do other Catholics believe in sexual molestation? Well, according to you they do.

    2. Yes, you are right that neither of them can win the nomination without the support of the Super Delegates. However, you are missing the point when you think the Supers are going to turn on the voices of the people. Obama has won more states, more popular votes, and more delegates than Hillary. You cannot count the General Election polls because we are not yet in the General Election. Do you really think Democrats are going to support 100 more years in Iraq, someone who knows nothing about the economy, someone who supports NAFTA, etc? I don't think so.

    3. CNN is not in the bag for Obama. If CNN was so biased, don't you think they would talk about all of HIllary's scandals in the White House? Wouldn't they talk about the people who have worked close with her who say she is a pathological liar? When the Wright smear came out, they ran the videos for a week straight, and they are still being run. When Hillary's Bosnia lie came out, it was on the news for one day. Tell me who is media bias now? You can't help that her campaign is so negative and she keeps slipping up. It's the media's job to report that.

    April 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Alex H

    Lady in MN – I'll answer all 3

    1) With an open mind and a clear view of the world and not what the media tells you, the Wright controversy holds no influence on your mind. You'll see that he is a vocal critic of American foreign affairs and morality and, although his words may sound harsh, they speak a lot of truth.

    2) That argument is flawed. Any political analyst knows that how someone does in a state during the primaries doesn't say anything about how they will do in the GE. You can't count on these pre-general election polls that pit Obama vs. McCain AND Hillary vs. McCain because that's not how the election will be... it will be OR not AND. While the question are supposed to be treated like an OR, Hillary supporters will say 'nay' to Obama because Hillary is still in the race and the same goes for Obama supporters. They treat it as an AND question whether you like it or not.

    3) Trick question. But the answer is "Yes".

    Enjoy the responses you were hoping not to read!

    April 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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