May 21st, 2008
03:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Carter: Obama-Clinton ticket unlikely

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Carter says a joint Obama-Clinton ticket is unlikely."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton would accept the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket, but it's highly unlikely Barack Obama will offer it to her should he be the party's nominee, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.

Speaking during a question and answer session at an event in Houston Tuesday night, Carter said, in his view, it's not impossible the two could pair up for the general election. But the former president said Obama will most likely search for a different vice presidential candidate.

"I think it would be highly unlikely for Obama to ask her to take it," Carter said. "Because I don't see how it would help his ticket. I think he needs somebody like a [former Georgia Sen.] Sam Nunn, but I won't name others.”

"But I think if he asked her, she would take it," Carter added.

The former president also reiterated that he does not have direct contact with either campaign and is not privy to the VP deliberations.

Carter also said a unity ticket would likely help the party come together after the prolonged and at times divisive primary race. But he stopped short of saying such a ticket would be the strongest Democrats could field

"That would be the ticket the republicans would favor I think," he said.

Carter, a Democratic superdelegate, has yet to formally endorse a candidate, but he has strongly hinted he is in favor of Obama.

soundoff (570 Responses)
  1. Scott ATL

    GOOOOOD! I wish I could just make this font bigger...

    May 21, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA


    May 21, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Randy M

    This is about the only time in my life I could agree with Jimmy. Senator Obama, just say NO to Hillary. I'm a Republican who will vote for you, UNLESS she's on the ticket.

    May 21, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA


    May 21, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. Pete

    The voice of reason. I think we all tried to give Hillary a chance, but she is simply to divisive. First it was subtle racism, now she's throwing out subtle sexism accusations.

    Obama has shown he's "tough" enough on his own – he beat Hillary after all. He easily humiliates McCain and Bush daily. He needs to pick someone that can deliver a rust-belt state: McCaskill, Rendell, or Strickland.

    May 21, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Ted From Edmonton

    Who cares what this idiot thinks.

    May 21, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Sanity '08

    Carter hasn't announced who he's supporting yet because he's trying to decide who will make a worse president than him - Hillary or Barack - thus saving his legacy in the history books from being the worst president in U.S. history.

    May 21, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Xango 4

    he is right, why would Senator Obama bring baggage into his presidency..........
    she is divisive, has attacked him over and over again worse than McBush, and GOP_ she is racist
    worse of all she is a pathological liar.. liar liar

    no more clintons,
    to bring her in, is to go against all he stands for, he is for change she is not change
    she is the past.. she carries bagagge and she can do better in the senate...

    May 21, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Robert in Toronto,ON

    No joint ticket! Hillary Clinton has proven time and time again that she is beyond reasoning. If she truly had wanted to unify the party, she would have conceeded and telling her loyal supporters to vote Democrat instead of inciting a riot within the party because she's not winning.

    What does it tell you when more Clinton supporters than Obama supporters would support the other candidate? It's a reflection on their leaders. Those who care about change, and those who care about power and themselves.

    May 21, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Quinn

    Who cares what Carter thinks! He was one of the worst president's in history, as are his decision making skills.

    He should stick with habitat for humanity and keep his political nose out of our business.

    May 21, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. MD

    Carter doesn't have direct contact with any of the campaigns. His contacts are strictly with middle-eastern terrorist organizations and local anti-Israel groups.

    May 21, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Sweetie

    With all due respect to President Carter, I have to say that an Obama-Clinton ticket would be a good thing.

    Hillary Clinton has a strong base and she will make history by becoming the first woman vice-president. Vice-presidents enjoy most of the same perks as Presidents do- and they can be very influential.

    May 21, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Connie White

    My comment is that if Hillary is not offered the position of Vice President I will not vote for Obama. I will write in Hillary. I set out to vote for Hillary and that's what I'm going to do. I think alot of people share my same views.

    May 21, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. carolflowery

    Who's to blame for our high gas prices? The oil companies? The Saudis? OPEC? The answer, unfortunately, is closer to home: The "No-We-Can't" Left in Congress.

    Last Thursday, with oil at $124 a barrel, liberals on the Senate Appropriations committee voted to block environmentally sound development of oil shale in Colorado.

    According to the Investors Business Daily there are an estimated 1 trillion barrels of oil trapped in shale in the U.S. and Canada. Retrieving just a tenth of it would quadruple our current oil reserves.

    But the "No-We-Can't" Left in Congress - as they're prone to do - said no, and Americans will pay the price. Colorado Senator Wayne Allard (R) put it best when he said: "If we are really serious about ..

    Our energy and environment challenges are real. But America has the technological know-how and the entrepreneurial spirit to overcome them. And, as I pointed out last week, Americans overwhelmingly support more domestic production of energy to help ease gas prices.

    We - not the Saudis or the oil companies - control our energy future. We just need the political will to do so.

    High energy prices aren't theoretical, they have real consequences for real people. The answer, to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, isn't easy, but it's simple - so simple it could fit on a bumper sticker:

    Drill Here
    Drill Now
    Pay Less

    May 21, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Realistic

    Mr. Carter please go back to Georgia and your peanuts. I don't want Hilary on the losing ticket anyway. It won't matter who Obama wants as his VP he will never win the General Election. Believe me!

    May 21, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Democrat for Hillary or McCain

    Why doesn't this guy just shut up? He was the worst President we ever had besides the current Bush idiot.

    Or maybe he could go preach to Hamas. Maybe they'll listen to him.

    May 21, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. patrick b

    Obama should make the decision according to his own feeling. I've even seen Obama supporters who wouldn't vote for him if she was on the ticket!

    the decision needs to be free of the influence of people like that.

    May 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. bonita

    He should shut up cos he is a stupid ignorant idiot. Carter should stop meddling in other peoples affaris make peace with God and get ready to give up the ghost.

    May 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. john williams san diego, ca.

    Jimmy....go back to your buddies in Lebanon...Quit bothering our America with your egotistical meandering muses. The worst ex-president EVER.

    May 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. Ken

    I cannot imagine why in the world that Carter would endorse Barack Hussein instead of Hillary Clinton? Maybe he too is one of the "Blind" people that are following the "Pied Piper". It is a shame!

    We need Hillary Clinton to be the nominee instead of Barack Hussein, for she has the talents, skills, knowledge and experience, and Barack Hussein does not!

    May 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. James, SC

    Once again, wisdom at its finest.

    May 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Allan

    Amy Carter.
    Caroline Kennedy.
    Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

    All of them grew up in the White House.

    They all support Barack Obama.

    May 21, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Tired of W, OH

    Hey, before y'all go callin' Kentucky voters a bunch of racists, consider this: Obama is only half black. That means that Kentucky voters are only half racist! YEEEE-HAWWW!

    Seriously, go look at the county-by-county results for Kentucky and pay attention to the margin of victory by Clinton in each of the counties. As you get towards the back-woods counties in the eastern part of the state, Clinton wins by 80% or more. As you get towards the more industrialized parts of the state (like Louisville) the race is much tighter. This is not due to a large African American population. This is due to an educational gap. People in larger cities follow the news much closer than those in rural areas. They are exposed to more racially diverse conditions and are much less prejudiced. I'm not saying that rural voters are dumber. They're just more ignorant to the world around them. And ignorance breeds prejudice. Those are just the facts.

    May 21, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Ready for Change

    Whatever Hillary wants to do, I'm going to do. If she wants on the ticket, then I will vote for the ticket. Otherwise, this woman will be waiting for 2012 to vote for a Democrat.

    May 21, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. if not Hill

    Jim Webb

    May 21, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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