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

Carter: Obama-Clinton ticket unlikely

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/21/art.carter.gi.jpg 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. ca

    If Obama doesn't select her, I know many, many Clinton supporters will go for McCain. That's just the way it is!

    May 21, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. a lilley texas

    I BELIVE THE NEWS MEDIA IS WORKING HARD TO GET OBAMBA ELECTED. THEY HAVE PUSHED HILLARY ASIDE AND HELPING OBAMBA

    May 21, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. John CArlson

    Stop calling people AFrican Americans, or Asian Americans; as Teddy Roosevelt said "if you must call yourself somthing else besides an American, youi are not an American".
    I add to that if you want to be called African, then move to Africa.
    JOhn C
    Portland oregon

    May 21, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. RB

    HC may be a woman, but she is certainly no lady! I think she's still going after Obama because she knows she's damaged herself beyond repair. The next time she tries to run her opponent will bring up how she has pandered to racists and tried to split the party along race/gender lines. She'll never win the democratic nomination. Sorry, but it's true. I think there are women who are ladies out there who can ceratinly lead this country. HC is just not one of them. She's a girl doing a very, very poor job of trying to play a "boy's game" when what she should have been doing is re-defining the game. That's what Barack has done. And, that's why he's won the nomination. HC just spent all of her "political capital" on a losing battle. It wasn't even the "good fight". Just a fight. I hope you learn from your mistakes, drop out before it's too late for you and the party, and support Obama!!

    May 21, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Independant

    Obama needs someone experienced to keep him in line and keep an eye on him. Obama/Clinton would be the only Obama ticket that I would vote for.

    May 21, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Ilona Proud Canadian

    To all of those Hillary supporters, who say so adamantly, that they will
    vote Republican if she is not on the ticket! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease
    take your ball and go hooooooooooooome!

    Jimmy Carter is absolutely correct, in hinting that there she will not be on Barack's ticket. The only thing that Hillary will bring to Barack's team is sabotage, sabotage, and more sabotaaaaaaaage!!!!!!!!!

    Barack is to smart to even entertain that thought! (thank heaven)

    May 21, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. mary

    It wouldn't be a good idea. She runs completely contrary to his message of changing the way politics is done in Washington. From a practical standpoint, I don't know that she helps him much. She is well liked in Democratic circles (although not universally), but she isn't particularly liked by independents or moderate Republicans. He is a change candidate and she represents the status quo in some of the worst respects. Her husband's business dealings/presidential pardons/library and foundation donations and questions that would surface from these would potentially drag the ticket down.

    May 21, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. ann_american2004

    I just have to say, reading these comments that I really really have to take a deep breath and remind myself that I am voting for Obama not his supporters. They call Hillary vile and nasty and terrible things. So much hate, blatant misogyny and disrespect. So uncouth and common their words! My God. I cannot believe what low level they bring themselves to. They should be ashamed very ashamed. They do not sound anything like Obama. Nothing like him at all. They hit at her and her supporters while crying 'ouch'.??? I have been a neutral bystander observing for several month, though leaning toward Obama much of this time and I have to say, undeniably that the hate and vicious words have the majority of the time come from the Obama camp. I can only hope that they are rightwing trolls causing division. I can only hope. Either way be ashamed if you are doing such things. It is wrong.

    May 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Don't you people get it?

    The majority of the folks saying that they will vote for McCain if Obama wins the nomination are Republicans pretending to be Democrat. The GOP has been trying to influence the Democrat's process from the start. They know they cannot defeat Obama. There is no such thing as a Democrat who will vote Republican simply because their preferred candidate didn't win the nomination. There are a few – the so called yellow dog Democrats – who won't vote for either Clinton or Obama. There numbers are much fewer than the moderate and liberal Republicans who are crossing-over to vote Democrat this year.

    May 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. kenny jb

    I think Senator Jim Web of Virginia would make a great VP. Why aren't more people talking about him as a likely nominee

    May 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. YES WE CAN

    The US needs to start fresh. We don't need the Clinton's, Monica or the McBushes. in the Whitehouse. We have had 28 years of the Bushes and Clinton's. That is enough. What did they do about our energy problems – NOTHING. They are all responsible for the war in Iraq. Hillary and McBush voted for it. The people are ready for a change and someone to turn the country around. i'm a 60 yr old Republican w/women voting for Barack Obama and proud of it. YES WE CAN when we unite together.

    May 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Super Democrat

    It would be quite dumb for Hillary supporters to vote for McCain just so Obama would lose. Why not just do the right thing and vote Democratic...period. Hillary is losing fair and square, but she is a poor loser. Obama has done nothing to personally inflict harm upon Hillary. Do the Hillary supporters think that just because Hillary is a female, then everyone else should just bow out and let her "have" the nomination?

    Do you really want Bill back in the White House? Have you forgotten how much fun he had the last time? How he lied, which allowed the Republicans to impeach him? How Hillary thought it was a vast, right wing conspiracy. If Hillary doesn't know what's going on in her own household, right under her nose, then I could not trust her to be conscious of, or intuitive about anything else! She is still in denial and is not worthy of being a president or vice president. Maybe she SHOULD stay home and just bake cookies.

    May 21, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. BLACK MALE VOTER

    OBAMA WILL NEVER BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. HILLARY WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT AS A DEMOCRAT OR AN INDEPENDENT, MEANING SHE OR MCCAIN WILL WIN.

    May 21, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Joe Regis

    It will happen.

    She has made her case.

    May 21, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. thetruth

    haha i can't believe the people who wont vote for obama, i mean come on your bitter because your canadiate is going to lose, and should have already been out of the race, your not a true demo if that's the case, oh and btw i went to the obama rally last night in des moines and we were FIRED UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

    May 21, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Richard (from Puerto Rico)

    All I read here is the rhetoric of division, which in fact exist quietly and in many instances openly. It is my believe, from listening to her campaign, that she and her husband have pulled the race divide in their favor 'cause there are still a great score of white supremacist outhere in the southern states. And clearly the race door ( dormant, if you will) has been spread open by Bill against Barack Obama, however he has been able to smother it down somewhat, due to the existing will to override this old sentiment that still lags on to those no willing to have consiliatory conversations on the subject. I think those do not want to be reminded of their aberrational actions toward the Black Americans, mind you, not, I repeat, not African-Americans. They may well be descendents of different regions of Africa, but those natural born in the USA, are and should want to be reffered to as Black Americans, instead. So finally, Race and Gender are and have been a factor brought by the hairs to this contest. However I believe that good civil reasoning will prevail in the end. I am an Obama, supporter, he has the touch to bring American together as one Nation, not two. Go Obama, 2008.

    May 21, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. Oregon

    Hillary Clinton is much too headstrong to be a loyal vice president. Every time she didn't get her way she would make accusations of sex discrimination. Moreover, hardly anyone trusts her or believes a word she says. Even her own supporters don't trust her; they just want a woman president. Best approach to dealing with Hillary Clinton can be simplified to one word: NO.

    May 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. Thinking

    An Obama-Clinton or a Clinton-Obama ticket would be the best solution for keeping everybody on the democratic side.

    It's plain dumb to vote for Mc Cain if your candidate, Clinton or Obama, is not the nominee.

    I'm pro Obama, but if Clinton become the nominee, than I will support Clinton. Why? Simple, because she's just a democrat like me and her visions are not far at all from those of Obama.

    May 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Say what

    I don't think that Hillary is thinking about her political future at all. There are many of us who will remember how she ran this campaign, the next time she runs again. If you don't feel you can't vote for Obama, by all means don't. Many of us feel the same way about Hillary and will not vote for her under any circumstances, now or ever again. The red-neck vote is not enough to win any nationwide contest.

    May 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Vicki NH

    In regards to a joint Clinton/Obama ticket, as a Clinton supporter, I would not want to see Clinton as VP with Obama. Better that she return to the Senate and become Senate Majority Leader. I would vote for McCain who is a moderate Republican and then vote for Democrats in the Senate and House. With a Dem majority in Congress McCain would be forced to end the Iraq War and we would have a terrific Senate Majority Leader in Clinton!!

    May 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. The Campaign Strategist from 115th St & Amsterdam Ave

    It’s my personal opinion that Hillary shouldn’t be on the ticket as Vice President, nor should she want to be. She has as much of an ego as any man and won’t be happy. The VP job is not one of great power … it doesn’t suit her skills or ambition.

    The benefit Hillary & Bill would bring to Mr.Obama can be brought in alternate ways, including the Clinton family getting on a bus and crisscrossing the rural portions of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Western Virginia AND West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida for 4 months “Stumping” for the ticket.

    This avoids any negatives she has –even her most ardent supporters, if they are honest with themselves - will admit that she would bring additional baggage.

    We should root for Mrs. Clinton to be the new Poverty Czar where she can have a real impact.

    To guarantee the Democratic alternative is a winner, Mr. Obama needs to pick someone of his even keeled temperament, with more gray hair than he has (he does have some) … that puts a geographic stronghold in the Democratic column. A more recent veteran would be nice to contrast the POW phase of McCain’s life of 35 years ago.

    I like General Wesley Clark. A recently retired general trumps a POW from 2 wars ago. Former Secretary of the Navy (Senator Webb of VA) is another good choice. They would pull Southern men away from McCain.

    That combined with the Hillary & Bill Appalacian bus tour ... to udo the "kitchen sink strategy" ... would give Team Obama a landslide victory in November of 2008.

    May 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. April in Texas

    I agree! No Hillary for VP. She does not represent his message of change as she is old washington. Her lies and how her husbands presidency also comes into play. Whoever is VP will effect my vote as I want someone who has similar values and morals as Obama due to the VP is just a heartbeat away from the presidency. Hillary is NOT what I want to instil in my children and grandchildren as they are our future and will be our future leaders and that is what I am voting for.

    Obama 08/09

    May 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. johnr

    Well if Carter is saying it then we know its bogus. Why doesn't he just go away?

    May 21, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. SINDI39

    I think that "AtlantaDan" give averry irrational conclusion.
    HOW IT IS POSSIBLE THA IF YOU DON"T VOTE FOR HILLARY YOU WOULD VOTE FOR MCCAIN , THAT IS AVERRY CHILEHOOD BEHAVIOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU RUIN THE COUNTRY.
    YOU ARE NOT FOCUSING IN THE REAL ISSUES THAT THE COUNTRY NEEDS SO PEOPLE LIKE YOU IAM SURE VOTE FOR BUSH BEFORE AND LOOK WHERE WE ARE NOW.
    ANOTHER WAY WATH YOU ARE SAYING IF THAT IF HILLARY DOSEN'T GET THE NOMINATION YOU WILL VOTE FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS IN IRAK AND IRAN .
    ONCE AGAIN PEOPLE NEED TO REED MORE AND GET MORE INFORMATION AND BE RATIONABLE .
    THIS IS PURE IGNORANCE.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OBAMAAAAAA08 ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    SlimSista

    I think it means that she feels that Obama hates America. She is a dem who will not support a candidate that hates her or America .Obama supporters hate Hillary supporters, just read above and you will see that is true.

    Allot of Hillary supporters think he has views along the same lines as Wright.

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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