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

Filed under: Jimmy Carter
soundoff (509 Responses)
  1. kathe oakland, california

    Howard Wolfson – who cares what FORMER Bill Clinton thinks about what decision President Carter makes. Bill is not running for anything and it is ironic that you used Senator Clinton and President Cinton both....... What will Bill be her Vice President.

    GOD HELP US if that happened.


    April 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. H


    April 3, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Jack

    Thank you Mr President for not revealing your choice at this time. You have always represented yourself with dignity and you continue to do so.

    I personally don't believe that the superdelegates should come out and announce their candidacy. What happens if you announce your support to the public and then your candidate doesn't capture the nomination? How do you handle the fact that you didn't support the nominee? The superdelegates should keep quiet until they reach the convention.

    We need to work together and stand behind our candidate. As a country, we can not stand another four years of Republician economics. We will all be homeless and bankrupt.

    April 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. vic nashville,Tn

    1) The point is he was speaking to Nigerian paper .
    2)Cater always does stupid things this not news to us.
    3) Because of his presidency republican run this country for 12 years.
    4) Obama and Cater love to surrender to Iran.
    This not surprise

    April 3, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Dave W.

    Carter was not an exceptional President, but he tried. I think what he has done after his Presidency means much more. He has been a continuos spokesman for peace and antipoverty and involved in Countrys that do not have millions of barrels of oil under their soil. His judgement is still respected in the Democratic party.

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Becca

    I'm sure the Clintons can't throw anything more at Pres Carter that'd be any worse than what he's been dealing with since he left office decades ago. Always said this guy was the best ex-POTUS we've ever had.

    In any case, he's doing exactly as everyone's been screaming for – he's planning on representing the will of the State of GA. Since they went (in large numbers) for Obama, that's who he is planning to support.

    No, it's probably not a 'news' story, but it is a story about how this superdelegate nonsense can work.

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. ariel

    This will make Bill Clinton-the Ike turner of politics-very very red-faced.

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Joyce memphis, tn

    Carter: Good man but Bad President
    Bill Clinton: Bad Man but Good President

    Obama: Good Man but Not Ready
    Hillary Clinton: BEST WOMAN AND READY RIGHT NOW!!!!

    Hillary '08

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. john williams san diego, ca.

    that endorsement will do more harm than Rev. Wrights' endorsement...every Republican voter will vote for McCain after hearing from the Worst President and worse ex-president ever.

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. jason

    Well, that will do it for me. The WORST PRESIDENT EVER picks Obama. I've gotta go with Hillary '08.

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Indy

    The strategic reason is that BO will make Crater presidency look better thus shoring up his legacy only as the 3rd worst presidency.

    Obama = worst

    GW = 2nd worst

    Carter = 3rd worst.

    This is list you want drop down instead of going up.

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Peter

    Good for President Carter. he is voting not only his conscience, but the representative wishes of his community. We need a change ,enough with the deal making politicians.Vvote Obama!

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Jesse

    Stay out of it, the party is spit in two you are just going to make people mad.

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Former President Jimmy Carter and a great peace maker, whether he endorses Obama or Hillary, he is a true democrat and understands what's at stake in healing our country. Democrats must stand united.

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Key West Sun

    Jimmy Carter for Obama, think that would be a big help to Hillary, Carter would be the last person in the world I would want to recommend anyone. He and Obama can go suck up to the terrorist and nuke our allies in thier spare time, give me a break.
    Both hate Israel, Jimmy went down the wrong road, we don't need another like him.

    Vote Obama 08,,,,make the United Nations the VP

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

    Big deal!

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

    ...and then there was Carter. Let me see if I can guess who will endorse Obama tomorrow! Maybe, Joe Biden?


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

    Mark wrote "Jimmy Carter- nice man but one of the worst presidents ever. I don't think his endorsement is much to write home about."

    Maybe you won't write home about it, but that's another Superdelegate for Obama and against Hillary. That's worth writing about!

    April 3, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. carolinas

    Happy..former president Carter goes with the will of his state georgia...that is the right thing to do.

    OBAMA 2008..!!!!

    April 3, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    For all of the right or wrong that Jimmy Carter did while serving as the President, very few can dispute the fact that he is the country's greatest former President for all of the work that he has done and conitnues to do. I honestly thought Bill clinton was going to follow suit and build upon his legacy post-White House but his family's greed for power has only tarnished his long-term legacy instead. They will seek to minimize Carter's endorsement of Obama but that really does speak large volumes to a number of people!

    April 3, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. CLEAN


    "Sal in Phoenix April 3rd, 2008 12:31 pm ET

    It figures, the worst president in U.S. history supports the weakest candidate..I'm not surprised."

    ummmm weakest how? Cus i thought he was winning this thing. Wow, thats really a good point, i guess we should all back the candidate who has raised less money, has less pledged delegates, has less of the popular vote and is carrying less states. Good one broham.

    Time to get out of the sun, son, its making you loopy.

    April 3, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Jane

    GO! HILLARY. 2008

    April 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. JIMBO

    Don't forget folks – once you nominate the wrong person you cnanot call the DNC and say "I'm sorry – we made a mistake-can we redo this " Exactly what you'll be wanting to do if you give Obama the nomination !!! Once the Republican attack machine starts you'll wish you had voted for Clinton !!

    April 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. shane

    TO Emma- Im also a fellow Georgian and yes we need Obama. He won our state by 24%, which means the majority of Ga's Democrats feel the same. AS far as Cater goes: BAd President, Great Human. Lets hope obama Can differ from Jimmy on the former.

    obama 08

    April 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. NickNas

    Yet ANOTHER Great American for the HillBillyBots to now defame and insult and WHINE about.

    Seriously people you are wearing the rest of the country out with your crybaby ways.

    April 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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