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. Darth Vadik, CA

    WHITE SOUTHENERS = HILLARY (SURPRISE SURPRISE)

    OTHER WHITES = HILLARY (SURPRISE SURPRISE)

    May 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. Denial

    Pam May 21st, 2008 12:27 pm ET

    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.
    -----------------------------

    ARE U KIDDING ME ....... THE MOST CHILDISH/NEGATIVE COMMENTS ARE FROM THE FEMALE SUPPORTERS IN HILARY'S CAMP>>>> STOP LYING ..........

    May 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Joanne

    Mark this down and save it. Obama will not win the general election!

    May 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. SO.....you'd rather kill our troups than vote for Obama??

    All you Hilary supporters (DEMOCRATS) who say you're going to vote for McCain or stay home..... EXPLAIN THAT LOGIC TO OUR TROUPS AND THEIR FAMILIES! You'd rather vote against your party and allow our troups to continue to die than vote for the person who wants to bring them home simply because he's not your first preference. How SAD and SELFISH is that!!

    May 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Scott ATL

    Pam, it seems you hate men, as with a lot of Clinton voters... hmmmmmmmmm... That's probably why most of the women standing behind Clinton at her speeches have buzz cuts, and are wearing muscle shirts ...

    I would think that if you want to be a man, you may also want to vote for a man... But I guess not..

    I guess what I say is probably offensive, but I've been accused of worse... As a matter of fact, I will just say that my comments are not sexist, but just factual... (The same way Clinton supporters say that their comments are not racist, but factual...)

    May 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Sara

    Cnn the obama mouth peice can post this are not. I will say what me and a few other million feel, and that is "IT will be a cold day in hell before we vote for king obama"

    May 21, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. marty

    Write in Hillary Clinton in November. Do not stay home, do not vote for McCain. We can show the DNC what we think of their choice. This thing with Obama reminds me of a free concert I attended. We were all standing in a nice line, and suddenly 4/5 people broke rank and started a stampede. A lot of people were hurt in the process. The stampede of superdelegates before all the votes are in, is like what happened before the gates were open. It is going to hurt the DNC, and the nominee. Let the Obama-bots call us racist. They don't like Hillary , well we don't like Obamas' far left liberal ideas. That does not make us racist Obama wins Oregon, Hillary wins Kentucky, between the two she came away with 150 thousand more votes the him.LMAO

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. lois

    The Obama followers comments on here are just doing so much to unite the party.

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Jerry D

    Republican here who is actually leaning towards voting for Obama. However, I have to note that its amusing watching the Billary and Obama backers hack away at each other. Especially when they are so similar from a policy perspective. It just goes to show that what we are watching is a cult of personality over policy. Really sad, when you consider the fate of the country is on the line.

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. ral-OH

    If Hillary is on the ticket, it would defeat the whole point of us
    wanting CHANGE.

    Who wants all the baggage that she will bring, plus you know
    she wont be happy playing second fiddle. Her aggressive and
    nasty campaign cannot be forgotten. She does deserve to be
    on the ticket, it would be like a reward for her bad behavior.

    Obama needs to choose another woman, or another of her
    well respected supporters to heal the divide in the party.

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. American Patriot

    Hillary, it's 3:05 AM, you can go to bed now.

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Dylan

    Hillary supporters –

    Enough self-righteousness. Stop accusing Obama supporters of spewing all of the "hate." You folks in Hillary's corner are just as guilty of hatemongering as anyone else.

    Truth is that both sides have been harsh, sometimes unfairly. To think that you're side is completely innocent is completely naive.

    It's time for us to come together as a party. Enough with this pettiness...

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Juro

    The VP position is NOT a safety net.

    May 21, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Natasha

    She can be the president of Kentucky, they love her. In my book, she is a joke, and doesn't deserve anything. I'm sorry I have to pay taxes to protect her sorry caucus.

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    I certainly hope so! The last thing Obama needs is Hillary Rodham Clinton trying to monopolize his position as President of the United States! She would go around saying that SHE, in fact, was the PRESIDENT!

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Denial

    Those that say Obama is unelectable/cannot beat mc cain .. etc ...

    made up their minds months ago that they were going to support mc cain ...... come NOV

    May 21, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Kim, PA

    i love it when everyone gets all up in arms over Hillary....

    in the end the party will be so disorganized, the dems heads will pop off and stand a great chance of losing in Nov.

    there is not one reason why hillary should not be on the ticket. not one.
    IF YOU VOTE FOR OBAMA, and his stolen from Hillary campaign agenda, why not support the person who gave him all the ideas.

    every debate he coped her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you're hateful to her and yet without her, he would never have gotten this far!

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Marge Hibbing Mn

    I sure wouldn't want my name connected to the looser obama who broke the back of the Democratic Party and sent the GE to the republicans and McCain.

    If the DNC didn't want obama to win so bad and they gave Hillary her votes from Michigan and Florida she would be the one AHEAD. But they are as sexist as everyone else in the party and would mess themselves if a woman was elected president. And SHE WOULD BE, and obama wont.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Democrat/Hilalry supporter for McCain

    Why is Oregon still counting??? Cheating, that's why. I'll bet it ends with huge Obama numbers – nevermind polls that showed the gap narrowing. I don't rule anything out with these Obamabots. That's what happens when you sell the hardcore party down the river for the fanatical left.

    Hillary or McCain in 2008. Never Obama. Never ever.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Kim, PA

    i love it when everyone gets all up in arms over Hillary….

    in the end the party will be so disorganized, the dems heads will pop off and stand a great chance of losing in Nov.

    there is not one reason why hillary should not be on the ticket. not one.
    IF YOU VOTE FOR OBAMA, and his stolen from Hillary campaign agenda, why not support the person who gave him all the ideas.

    every debate he copied her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    you're hateful to her and yet without her, he would never have gotten this far!

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    I am an OBAMA voter but I DO NOT hate Hillary. I think she has made some low blows in this campaign and has created a lot of damage causing her supporters to bring out the worst in them. (ie: the pouting of voting for MCBush)

    I think she knows what she is doing and is poising herself for a 2012 run, but do she really think the young voters who overwhemingly supported Obama will forget her tactics? She has damaged the road for any woman that comes behind her. Future women candidate will have to show how un-Hillary they are to gain votes.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Dee, MO

    I would rather Obama lose the race for the White House before adding Hillary to his ticket!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. John, Helena, Montana

    All of these Obama-droids support their candidates message of change and uniting the country. Yet, they are so divisive when it comes to uniting the Obama camp with the Clinton coalition – and that's even within the Democratic Party. If that is true, then all this talk of him being a unifier is all rhetoric and completely bogus. He claims that he will cross party lines, but yet he has been unable to do bridge the divide within his own party.

    If he does become the nominee, he needs to demonstrate this quality he claims to have by picking Clinton as his VP. She has the support of HALF the democratic party and has earned the right to the VP spot. Otherwise, look forward to a McCain presidency... I am a life long Democrat, but will defnitely vote for McCain if Clinton isn't part of the democratic ticket.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  24. Andy

    Does anyone on here use any type of spell check or know how to proof read? Just wondering.

    I am an Obama supporter, but I have to say that Hillary looks good in a pants suit.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. elvispresleyObamo

    »»Bye Bye Hillary "So DULL" Clinton! ( do NOT comeback! ) American people do NOT like FAKE people like YOU!....Hurrah for OBAMA :- Obama is the nominee. HURRAH!...

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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