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. Ruth

    I am a strong, longtime Hillary supporter, and I don't want her anywhere near a ticket with Obama at the top. Stay as far from that trainwreck as you can, Hillary!

    She'll give the ticket, whatever it is, her support like a good Democrat, but I hope that she allows Obama and whoever his running mate is to lose all on their own with no on able to say that her presence on the ticket caused it to fail.

    May 21, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Polly

    Talk, Talk, Talk, that is all Obama does, if Hillary is not on the ticket, then the hell with the election.

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Eleanor

    sorry to disagree but Bush is by a long shot the worst president in American history By FAR
    Jimmy Carter should be respected and held in honor for all the
    PEACE he has strived for in the world and still continues to strive for
    Sorry I would take a president who advocates for peace(Who also has anobel peace prize to prove it) any day over one whose first instinct is to drop bombs on his fellowman
    God Bless you president Carter for all the good you have strived for
    There are some people who admire and respect your endeavours
    and opinions sir

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. fred

    Reading these Obama comments...these are educated people, or what country are they from???

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Proud American

    Those that are still trying to make the arguement of wanting some one with more experience. I'll take smarts and common sense any day over experience. Cheney has 100 times more experience than Hillary and Obama put together... and you can see what thats gotten us.

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Steven

    This is hysterical. Does no one realize that when women vote, Democrats win? Does everyone REALLY believe that the 9+ million women who've voted for Hillary so far will "fall in line" behind the man, just as they have their whole lives?

    Not so fast.

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. charlotte

    I agree..Hillary is way too strong for the VP position. Everyone would look to her for answers and he would end up a lame duck. I don't know where he will find a running mate that would be weaker then he is. Maybe Dodd or Richardson? I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot in November, I will not vote for a Mondale clone.

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. NHNV

    If Obama is elected President-it wouldn't be so bad because the real truth of the matter is: Kerry and Kennedy would be defacto presidents: the real power behind the thrown. Obama would make pretty international eye candy. Now that Kennedy is ill who would replace him in wisdom and influence. Also, when did any other candidate ever reject the racists who voted for him. Leave HRC alone with your insulting demands.

    May 21, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. elvispresleyObamo

    »»»OBAMA!VICTORY!...OBAMA!...HURRAH!...the party is...on.

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Tom Pascale

    I don't understand all these posts from Hillary supporters who threaten to vote against Obama. After a close pennant race, it is customary to root against the team that knocked your team out of the playoffs. But this ain't sports. Hopefully by November everyone will settle down and actually vote on the issues.

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Saint Paul

    Sorry, he does not need her. She only brings much of the same old Politics.
    And honestly in my opinion I can not vote for anyone who voted for this WAR.
    Barack or Ron Paul maybe even Nader are a good choice for real (honest) change.

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Bart

    She would be poison to his efforts for real change. She is in this for herself and Billy as has always been the case. We don’t need any more Lies from our leaders as we have the last 7 years!
    Enough of the "Clantons" and their games. America needs to move on!

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Lucas

    Although I don't particularly like Hillary, I think it makes a lot of sense for Obama to atleast OFFER her the VP spot. And I do think she would accept.

    In addition to uniting the party, and pulling many of Hillary's supporters into the obama camp, having the clinton machine and their rolodex in the white house will help Barack's plans materialize, from a legislative perspective.

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Jane

    The problem is that the more Obama tries to unify the party, the more Hillary keeps bringing up issues that causes her flock of women and blue collar men to hate Obama more. Things like race, the latest being sexist. Why can she not attempt to win on her own merit without blaming it on one thing on the other. This is another evidence of her divisiveness and polarization. How many times have you heard Barack say that she cannot win without the blacks and college-educated. I am so surprised to see her stoop so low to bring the issue of sexism recently. Shame on you, Hillary. Please just go away.

    Why she is not winning amongst the college educated is because they are smart enough to see through all her gimmicks, lies and manipulations and do not fall for all that.

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. No McBush

    I think the true Democrats, not Rush's Operation chaos fakes, should stop any infighting and look at the bigger picture.

    There is no way in hell this country can survive the continuation of George Bush’s economic and Iraq strategies. If McSame was to be elected we would go from a recession to a depression, and we would end up in a war with Iran and Syria.

    As an Obama supporter, allow Hillary to finish out the primaries as is her right. I just ask this of Hillary, please take the high road from now on a wage your fight for what counts, the American people.

    Barack will probably be the nominee, if he does pick Hillary, then as democrats we should unite and support them both. If Obama picks someone else, I ask the Clintons to do what's best for the Democratic Party and this Nation and put all of their support behind Barack and his VP choice to send them to the Whitehouse.

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Running on Empty

    Hillary for VP, please. She has no thoughts for her supporters other than what they can give her. Same for her husband. She's a parasite, a leech on society, and has too many personalities for me to count!

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. chris

    considering that's probably the only way many millions of Senator Clinton supporters would vote for obama, its his only chance of having a chance to win the White House

    May 21, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. SERGIO

    She would never accept because she is going to be the next president. If she would accept the VP position she would lose tons of fans including myself and my brother. Let this guy sink by himself and run independent.

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Jane

    Clinton deservs president nominee. She is the one most voters voted for, not Obama. Why did Obama supporters thought Obama have the right to nominate who the VP should be.

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. chris

    let me remind obama "supporters" not to be arrogant, ignorant, racist and sexist.......oops, too late!

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Colie Brice


    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    Go ahead, vote for McCain. Us Obama supporters will survive since most of us are well off, have little or no financial difficulties and the current economic conditions don't faze many of us. Don't come crying when McCain raises gas prices, outsources your jobs, cut your healthcare, get rid of education and medical research and continue the war.


    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Dave

    Awwww come on.... Charlie Brown has his Snoopy... The Skipper has his Gilligan.... Why cant Obama have his Hillary???? NOT!

    May 21, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Florida democrat

    Considering how divided the votes are now b/t the two I do not understand how anyone could think that Clinton on the ticket would not help his campaign. Yes, she takes lobby money and they certainly have slightly different views on how to achieve the same goals; but they are both consistently getting votes from two very different cohorts. Together they would be unstoppable.

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Marissa

    Dear President Obama,

    As a true feminist who is outdone by all of these bitter 2nd-wavers claiming they'll vote for McCain and set women back by 100 years if Hillary is not the nominee, and as a young black woman who is appalled by the Clintons' race-baiting and suggestions that black people should somehow be grateful for the Nothingness that they did for us way back when, I am begging you to keep her far away from your ticket.

    There are more progressive vice-presidents, male or female, to be found!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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