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. Texan W/Woman for Obama

    No way. I read all the blogs from Hillary Hags and they don't think Obama is electable (meaning black)...doesn't have enough experience...they will vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't win the nomination...YET THEY WANT HER FOR HIS VP. They want Hillary to WORK FOR OBAMA? Does any of that make sense to anyone with half a brain?

    She has polarized her followers to the extent they are blinded by her rage in losing this nomination. They actually believe Fl and MI should be seated by HILLARY'S RULES forgetting about all the other 48 states much less that the game started months ago.

    Hillary's so called democaratic process is disgusting. I simply cannot believe anyone running for the highest office in this country has so little regard for the basic principles on which this democracy was founded. Yeah let's just throw out all the rules and go by Hill-Billie law.

    Please stop insulting Americans' intelligence by saying it is all about the POPULAR vote which counts Puerto Rico (no mention of Guam now) when they aren't even sates and cannot vote in the GE. Stop insulting Americans' intelligence by saying ALL VOTES SHOULD COUNT when you leave out huge blocks of voters in caucus states and don't have the other candidate's name on the ballot.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Webster 208

    Whatever happened to the best ex-President we ever knew? How does he know that Hillary would want to be V.P. to Obama? Has he been authorized to speak for Hillary, or is this just another scheme to let people get used to the idea that the primaries are over before they are actually over? If Democrats do not want a protracted selection process, they should redesign their Primary process, instead of pressuring, and heckling a genuine and viable candidate to quit even before there is a nominee. These democrats have been asking Hillary to quit since Iowa. Everyone just wants to shortcut the process, because following it will weaken Obama. Does this make any sense?

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. John from LA

    What I don't get is why the need to stop this now-FDR's first run went into the fifth day of the Dem. convention-Ted Kennedy went until Aug-what are the Obamabots afraid of???-Let this all play out-It's nonsense and hype that the Dems will rip apart-We need a very SEASONED person in there-I bet Warren Buffet(who just came out for Obama) wouldn't appoint a novice as CEO to one of his businesses. This isn't American Idol-who can fill stadiums or give a great speech- I'm looking for someone who'll be relentless and get us out of this mess!

    Remember-Obama needs Hillary supporters to make the general election his! and by the way his supports post hateful messages-we'll let's just say-beware of people switching over-I am-and I have to go with experience as the main reason-A real Dem. just doesn't vote because a person is a Dem-he/she votes for the best qualified-Obama just isn't. I thought Dems were for the people on the margins of society-poor isn't anymore-this isn't about white or black-it's about the poor and all of us helping them-not ignoring them as Obama has done with WV and KY.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Sadie

    To all of you vowing not to vote for Obama because of his supporters:

    WHAT!?!?! What is WRONG with you? Last I checked, it's about the CANDIDATES, not who or who is not supporting them or how enthusiastic they are or what they say.

    This is just plain lunacy!

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. End Game

    The ONLY ticket will work is CLIINTON '/ Obama ticket. She has the states and demographics to win, he is still chasing them down.
    Obama on top of any ticket loses, his best path to the White House is VP now and 2016 contest.
    I am quite sure 30% or better of Clinton supporters go to McCain for the experience and the contry sake, and McCain VP will certainly will be key.
    I rather see Clinton as VP to McCain than to Obama, just not a winning ticket with Obama on top.
    32 year voting democrat

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Mary, San Diego

    I hope he doesn't ask her! I won't vote for any ticket with her on it; either on the top or the bottom! She is power hungry and won't do well as No. 2 to anybody!

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. rose, texas

    cnn wil say anything that benefits obama, haven't u'l learn that. look @ all the obama supporters they have. i don't think hillary supporters will vote 4 obama i know i won't and believe me it's not because i'm rasist, it's a free america and everyone can vote 4 whoever they want, but i will not vote 4 obama ......hillary u's in my prayers.....he is not my choice......

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Mauri

    How anybody can say that Obama will not ask Hillary Clinton to be his VP candidate should he win the top spot, is beyond me. And all you Clinton bashers who self-righteously say the job wouldn't be offered to her, had better listen up. Senator Clinton has won five of the last seven primaries - the last two (W. VA and Kentucky) being virtual whippings. So Obama may have no choice if he wishes to get elected. There were REASONS these people supported her, not the least of which was that they just thought she would make the better president. All the above said, I think the last thing she would want is a shared ticket with the inexperienced one.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Wendy


    Al Sharpton is an activist, so he wouldn't be any different than Hillary is right now. She's an activist and her mission is to destroy the Democratic Convention because she is losing, and is not the front runner. So your crack at being funny, really has a ring of truth. Of course Barack is a serious candidate who will select the best person for his ticket and we all know that's not Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. chris

    obama used racial politics to unfairly and falsely accuse Senator Clinton of somehow disrespecting MLK when she merely acknowledged the contributions made by LBJ to the Civil Rights Movement.......SHAME ON OBAMA THE HYPOCRITE!

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. BEN

    The Democratic party is being held hostage by these "militant feminists" and hard-core Hillary supporters who are basically saying that change the rules so that Hillary wins or make Hillary the VP, or else we vote for McCain. What a shame!! Is this what you call democracy? If you can't accept defeat , take your ball and go play with yourself!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. atl

    Xango 4, your blog is right on point. Good to see people that can see behind all the nonsense.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Hillary 08

    I think Hillary will be our next President and i urge her to select a better VP than O

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Paris


    After what he did 29 years ago with Iran. He still thinks people find him

    Carter is the reason we have an Iran that is going Nuke, and the terrorist got stronger.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. HSNP

    Shut up, Jimmy. You were the second worst President in history.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Deb

    I remember the Carter years!

    It was a VERY bad time for our nation and it is the reason that the majority of Americans called by the pundits as "Moderates" or "Conservatives" will not vote for another Left Wing Liberal, no matter how popular they may seem.

    We can't afford to have 4 years of "nothing". There is a lot of actual WORK that needs to be done to get us out of this mess we are in now.

    It will take an experienced President that knows what they are doing to move us forward or "change".

    Hillary/McCain 08

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. PA for Obama

    The problem with putting Hillary on the ticket is not Hillary, it's Bill. Seriously, does anyone think for a minute he won't be out to upstage Obama? He would do the same to his wife, no doubt, but she's married to him. Obama isn't and doesn't need the grief.

    Obama/Hagel 08

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. tidho

    Nobody asked.

    Clinton is the old Washington that Obama has been campaigning against this entire time. Besides how could he possibly trust her.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. chris

    the more these immature fools disrespect Senator Clinton and her husband, the more certain is the failure of obama's campaign

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Chan

    Jimmy is the worst president of course George Bush tops him. I do not understand what makes him qualified to make such predictions.

    May 21, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Megan

    She can totally kill the Dems chances by saying she wants the VP role. She can be incredibly effective as a Senator I am sure. If she asks for VP, and Obama declines, she again makes him look bad. And why on earth would Obama want BIll & Hill as his VP? Yikes.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Jagdish , Vancouver,Canada

    Politely & politically correctly said that Hillary Clinton is not the presidential material !!

    I agree....she does not know where to draw the in quest to reside in the White House....any means would do as long as she can get there...

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. mn

    Hillary is proud of a boy selling his bike and games for possibly she could take it? she has more than enough money to lend herself 11 million dollars and was greedy to take 400 dollars of a little boy? so disappointing..

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. HOPE

    This primary is dragging on so long that people are fighting for all the wrong reasons. The reason to cast a vote in an election/primary is because you support the ideas of the candidate. I don't know that there will ever be a "perfect" candidate, but you have to look at the issues and see who your beliefs are more in line with.

    In regards to people voting for McCain instead of Obama because they are such staunch Hillary supporters, I ask you this: Why? Is it
    because you don't agree with Obama's policies and stances on the issues? Or is it simply because it is not Hillary? Do you really support McCain's policies? I just ask that people look at the issues and where the candidates stand and then make an informed decision. Votes should not be based on race/gender/age/etc, but on the issues. Remember that the president doesn't work alone either.

    If Obama gets the nomination, I just ask all the Clinton supporters that say they will not vote for Obama to think long and hard before they either stay home or cast a vote for McCain. Think about what McCain stands for and how it will affect you/your family/your community/the country as a whole.

    May 21, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |

    I can see no plus in have Mrs. Clinton as VP. She would not fit the role and her husband would stir the water as he can not keep his mouth shut.

    May 21, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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