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. Michelle from Colorado

    It is so sad that Obama supporters believe that because Hillary and he have the same philosphy that we Hillary supporters should just give up on her and join him since he is in the lead. Please show me what he has done that makes his rhetoric meaningful.
    Sorry to say, Barak has no track record to show he can institute these ideals. Hillary does. And in my world, results matter at the end of the day, not the dream of results I had last night.

    May 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. bitter_in_pa

    Too much baggage.

    May 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. joyce in arkansas

    IF HILLARY CAMPAIGNS (FOR HIM)
    SHE WILL PROUBLY BE SAYING WRITE ME IN AS PRE.
    HE JUST NEEDS TO GET FREE OF HER ALL TOGETHER. IF HALF HER SUPPORTERS DON'T WANT TO VOTE FOR HIM
    HE WILL STILL HAVE HALF HERS, ALL OF HIS, ONE FOURTH MCSAINS
    HE WINS

    May 21, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. elvis presley Obamo

    »Aaaaah!...Well said good old President Jimmy Carter!...Aaaah!...Goodbye Hillary "So Fake!" Clinton = GO HOME now!..Obama!...Obama!...VICTORY!...HURRAH!...I knew it.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Just say no

    It doesn't make any since to put Hillary on the ticket. She is a complete contradiction to everything he stands for, and she won't help him win. 70% of Hillary's supporters are going to vote for Barack anyway, and the other 30% are racist who will not vote for him even if Hill's on the ticket also.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  6. vicky

    How I wish Obama will read this. OBAMA never make the mistake to take Clinton as VP, she will set you up. You will have both Bill and Hillary as the VP. The God that has been on your side will bring angels to vote for you. Mark my word. This is about God changing the system not even you (Obama). You will surely win but, NEVER TAKE HILLARY AS VP. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Jose Acevedo, New York

    Clinton haters, don't count your chickens before they hatch because when Bill left in 2001, he left the presidency a very comfortable one including a huge $250 Billion surplus, I think Hillary can do just fine as VP if Obama agrees to run with her for the Dem's ticket.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. AZM

    SINDI39

    "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."

    Very well said!

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Joi

    Why would any one put their former competition in the second seat? There are many other capable and more supportive Dems out there.
    Go Obama!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Harry

    This is nonsense. Obama can never win the president bid in November. Hillary is much stronger candidate. See how Obama use money to buy the nomination?

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Denial

    Obama- Clinton wouldn't be a bad idea .... as long as Bill stays away from the White House ... he will boss Obama around .........

    Obama/Hilary ............. once Bill stays away from the W.H ........

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. MEW

    That would be a huge mistake for Obama to pick her. Talk about having to look over your shoulder constantly. The Clintons need to go away for good.............For that matter, so do the Obamas. I just don't see how so many people buy into what he is preachin. "We are gonna stop sending jobs over seas.. Health insurance for everyone, no one will lose their homes, the war will end immediately"bla bla bla Yeah......Right. I would like for once to hear HOW you plan to do this. Get a clue people.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Ponte

    For 30 years, Jimmy Carter never made sense or offered any good insight on politics or world affairs. It's just blather from a failed former President.

    He continues that trend.by saying 1) Hilary would take the VP slot if offered, and 2) Obama won't offer it.

    Brilliant! Thank you, Mr. Carter for that substantive analysis of a subject that has been beaten to death for the past 6 weeks, and is so obvious that a blind man could see it. Sheeesh.....

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. paul oregon

    to billary supporters if you like the state of our encomey now and
    having to bury our troops now. a vote for mcbush will just make things get better. think with something besires what you sit on.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Steven in Oregon

    If Hillary is not offered the VP spot, I will be voting for McCain.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Marie

    Obama cannot win without Hillary on the ticket.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. JIREH

    I voted for Hillary. I think that we ARE going through the General Election of 2000 all over again, except this time it is the "Sexist of White Men" of the Democratic Party and the White New Anchorwomen who are "pmping" for them. If this country continues to overlook the votes of those who voted for Hillary, then the country will continue be divided in this party. My vote will "count" and will not be "dismissed" and if not now – it will count during the General Election. I will campaign as if "Hillary" was running but not for the Democratic Party. I am sick of the sexism of the Democratic Party and toward Hillary . Women should be shamed of themselves for even taking part of it. The day will come when they will look back with regrets.

    The fact that Obama called a woman "sweetie" tells me that he is much of a sexist then those who are pushing for him

    Well, BIG BOYS – IT IS NOT OVER UNTIL HILLARY SAY IT IT OVER.

    If you think that this is only one "voice" well think of this.. "if you see one "ant" most likely there are more of them".

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. atypical white person

    In spite of HRC supporters saying that they wouldn't vote for Obama. I can't see him asking HRC–and that is wise, I think.

    ANd to the issue of HRC supporters claiming they won't vote for Obama, I suspect there are a great many Republicans, who were motivated by Limbaugh's urging to pose as Democrats and support HRC, in an attempt to manipulate the outcome.

    How many of you would be HRC supporters posting comments under the guise of a Democrat, I do wonder.

    Peace

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. JJ-Orlando

    Carter should have kept to selling peanuts.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    No, not for VP. Janet Napolitano or Joe Biden. Maybe Hillary for Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    May 21, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. shan

    you call that a waste ticket..Oh my god please dont bring back clintons to white house again....we have so many Interns there

    May 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Tee

    Only in these united states could a person run a bad campaign, lose in every catagory, want to change the rules in the process, be dishonest and a divider, mis-manage campaign funds and still be considered for the second highest postion in the country.
    WHITE PRIVELEDGE AMAZING!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. elvis presley Obamo

    »»The great Obama already WON the nomination.Hurrah!...Hurrah!...ENOUGH of LIES!...ENOUGH of CLINTONS!... VICTORY!...V...VICTORY!...

    May 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Mimsey

    Obama is too smart to choose Clinton. She doesn't bring change; she brings bulldozers and she enabled her husband to shoot an arrow through the heart of America. I'm hoping for an Obama/Richardson ticket.

    May 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Darth Vadik, CA

    YES RUN INDEPENDENT HILLARY BECAUSE LIEBERMAN HAS WORKED OUT SO GOOD FOR US, I MEAN HE IS WORKING FOR McCAIN, MYBE SHE CAN TOO.

    May 21, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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