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. Maggie

    I believe that this primary has caused a derisive split in the party. The lack of unity this close to the election does not bode well.

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. RG

    This is the mess she created. By using divisive politics to get her to this point (running a distant second), she's brainwashed many to believe its either voting for her or voting Republican? Really?

    I'm an independent, so I don't have a bias one way or the other. But in these late hours, she's showing that she's not only stubborn, but miscalculating.

    I know that makes her very "presidential" given the recent track record of this seemingly never-ending Bush/Clinton/Bush nonsense we've been through for the last 20 years.

    These two families have been permanent fixtures in politics for far too long now. Nobody should hold this power for too long, nor should two families ping-pong control back and forth between each other.

    Time for both of them to leave and stay away for as long as we've had to put up with them...

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Crush Rush

    Are you smarter than a Floridian?

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. John CArlson

    Stop judging people by their College Degrees. The College Graduate in the past ten years does not know what a noun, adverb or adjective is nor do they have knowlege of history. They have grade school (Some can't read or write either)knowlege compared to our older people (with some exceptions).
    The older people are more intelligent who did not graducate college. WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE OUR LEADERS FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS ARE SO DUMB? Looks good for our future does it not.
    John C
    Oregon

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. fred

    CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK...BECAUSE OBAMA IS AN ARROGANT...SOB!!

    Doesn't matter if Obama asked the Pope.....he will never make it to the White House.

    WRITE IN HILLARY or VOTE FOR McCAIN!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Jerry in Illinois

    Whatever. I'll be voting for McCain.

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Denise, MT

    He would be crazy to ask Hillary and Bill to be the Vice President. Just crazy. Of course he won't ask her, he can't ask her because his supporters are running away from people like her. His whole campaign has been fighting against insiders like Hillary. So this is a silly subject.

    Hopefully Hillary will crawl back under a rock and leave us alone.

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Sharon Minnesota

    Great decision on Obama's part if Carter is correct. I will then have absolutely no qualms about not voting for the democratic ticket in the General Election. I'm looking forward to finally putting this primary to rest when Obama gets the nomination and chooses his running mate.

    John McCain should get going and choose his VP too. That way we can all firm up our choices and get off these blogs for awhile.

    John McCain and ??? in 08

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Rich Ferguson

    I bet Ted Kennedy's neurologist has more than two years of experience. DEMOCRATS FOR MCCAIN

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. jr

    He also said that Hillary would be the best choice as the V.P. because it would help Obama with his greatest weakness, which was his lack of experience. You forgot to include that, or did you omit it on purpose?

    Lets be fair. If you're going to report on what he said report everything.

    May 21, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. World Angel

    I really, really ADMIRE Sen. Clinton for her COURAGE, STEADFASTNESS, ENDURANCE, TENACITY for her standing strong in the midst of so much adversity. HILLARY, I commend you for all that you've done as a WOMAN, even when the odds were against you, you still were able to STAND and FIGHT until the end. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR NOT GIVING UP, WHEN EVERYBODY WAS TELLING YOU TO STEP DOWN, THIS PROVES TO ME THAT YOU ARE YOUR OWN PERSON, YOU ARE NOT SWAYED BY OTHERS. YOU HAVE EXEMPLIFIED TO ME, MAYBE NOT TO OTHERS, I'M SPEAKING FROM HEART, THAT YOU WOULD MAKE A MAGNIFICANCE PRESIDENT. YOU HAVE TAUGHT ME A LESSON AND THAT IS TO FIGHT FOR WHAT'S RIGHT. To me you are "A WINNER". Now with that being said, I believe you are OVER QUALIFIED for the position as VP. Even IF it was a possibility – you are above that position.

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

    Hillary would be a bad choice!! She feed on the hate and racism of others for her own personal benefit. This is typical of the present administration, which we are trying to leave behind us.

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. Elisabeth

    Run Independent Hillary!

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Jeffrey

    People seem to forget that HIllary's garnered almost as many votes as Obama. When half the people have voted for one candidate and half the other, it doesn't take a rocket science or a superdelegate to figure out that the strongest ticket would be to combine the two. They each have appeal to different groups within the party. And, what better way to bring about unity? If Obama can't begin to unite the party with such an obvious selection, then what hope does he have for unifying the country?

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Tee

    Hillary did not earn the right to be on his ticket. If Obama had behaved the way HRC has behaved through-out this election process, would you want him on the ticket. If Obama is the nominee he has the right to choose who he wants on his ticket like the canidates before him.

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    I do not want the queen on our ticket. All of the nasty things she said about Obama will now be used by the repugs thanks to her. I will sit this one out if the queen is anywhere that ticket. IT IS NOT HER RIGHT TO BE BACK IN THE WH because she had sexual relations with a president.....

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Pat

    I wish it were the middle of November and all this stuff would be over. Just think, we have a whole summer to listen to the attacks, the ads and the politicians who think they know it all. Call me "Tired of it all".

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    The Clintons are too hungry to grap power for themselves and Obama would be just too foolish to let the Clinton brand name to consume him!

    Besides, if Clinton is on his VP ticket, voters would turn away from him!

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    IF REV. WRIGHT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO ENDURE. THE CLINTONS HAVE BAGGAGE THAT IS PALE IN COMPARISON TO REV. WRIGHT.
    THE FIRST 527 WOULD BE THE BLUE DRESS. BESIDES, "CHANGE" IS NOT TURNING THE PAGE BACK. IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE REAL CHANGE IT MEANS A TOTAL BREAK FROM 20TH CENTURY POLITICS. WE KEEP SAYING THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD KNOW THAT THE CLINTONS ARE LAIRS. TO PUT HRC A BREATH AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENCY WOULD BE AN INSULT TO THE MINDSET OF "CHANGE". WE REMEMBER HRC WORDS AGAINST HOPE AND CHANGE. FURTHERMORE, WHAT SHE BRINGS TO THE TABLE IS A MINDSET OF FOLLOWERS THAT BELEIVE THAT LYING, GENDER AND RACE BAITING IS ALRIGHT TO GET THEIR WAY.

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. CC, Chicago

    When former Pres. Carter is not privy to VP deliberations, and is not in contact with either campaign about the issue, I don't think he should give his opinion. Neither candidate asked him to speak for them about whether they would offer or accept the vice presidency.

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Priscilla for Obama

    Obama and Hillary are like oil and water, they just don't mix. Obama has a message of change and Hillary represents "old" politics. Hillary has used divisive strategies to get a vote and she hit Obama below the belt. Obama doesn't need anyone for VP who might be after his job. If Obama would take Hillary, he would have to take Bill too. Obama doesn't deserve that. He can do better.

    Go Obama – Yes We Can!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Alice

    Obama/Hagel 08 !

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Pat in Cali

    Obama supporters obviously do not hate Hillary. The exit polls show that.

    Clinton supporters, reality check. If you feel Obama is not going to advance women's causes and issues, there you go feeling again and not thinking. Obama's policies will be good for women. Republicans know that. That's why they are making comments here to divide us. Think this time, ladies. We can take back our country.

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. mr.g

    ted from edmonton YOU NEED TO STAY WHERE YOU ARE . Obama can hold his own. and will be in the WH on 01/09 . For those that are Obama haters remember you are voting to put him in office not the supporters. OBAMA–08-12

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Pam

    Notice how the majority of the negative comments here are from men. Well, if Obama picks a male VP it will be just more of the same ol' nonsense in the Ol' Boys Club. Sorry. Not interested. Kathleen Sebelius or Claire McCaskill as VP? You must be kidding me. They would both probably apologize first to a another country's leader if they had to raise their voice and stand strong against them for any reason. You've disenfranchised me Obama. The presidency is not an internship dude. I'm pretty sick of the DNC as well. Tell me my vote doesn't count and I'll just give it to the other team. At least they want it.
    So all you Hillary haters can just go off to you deserted island somewhere, we don't want you here anyway.

    May 21, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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