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. Tammy - KCMO

    There are much better choices for VP that Obama could make than Clinton that would do a better job of uniting the party.
    I for one, can not see myself voting for Clinton in any capacity. She has done to much to divide the party. Also, I don't think the Clintons would be satisfied in taking a backseat to Obama and would be overstepping their bounds on a daily basis. If Bill wasn't with Hillary she'd have a better chance. However, if she didn't have Bill with her she probably wouldn't have gotten this far to begin with.
    When the Democratic convention takes place I still have visions of them pulling the Clinton's off the floor in straight jackets. I don't think either of them imagined that the nomination wouldn't be handed to them on a silver platter. In all reality at one time it probably could have but between the lies, the party divisiveness, Bill's playboy antics, stealing of the silverware and dishes, whitewater (?) and more I just can't see a reason to put them back in that position. Make no mistake, it would be a package deal with Hill & Bill. With everything that has gone on the past 8 years why bring back old issues and problems?
    My view when I voted was anyone but the Clintons and I haven't changed my mind.
    Obama has fresh views and thinks logically. This is something we haven't seen in a long time. He has my vote. I just hope he uses that logical thinking and chooses a less devisive running mate.

    May 21, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I guess this means that we can all look forward to Obama/Clinton 08.

    After all, Jimmy Carter has been wrong about everything else! 🙂

    May 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Brian Knoxville, TN

    To every super delegate of the Democratic Party,

    Please think long and hard about the simple choice you now have to make:
    1) Choose to endorse Hillary Clinton as the Party’s nominee and watch her become the first woman to be elected President of the United States.


    2) Choose to endorse Barack Obama and watch the first African American nominee of the Democratic Party lose in the general election.

    Hillary Clinton will win against John McCain in the states that the Democratic Party needs to win in order to reach 270 electoral votes in the general election.

    Obama won’t.

    It’s that simple.

    Hillary Clinton has been the best candidate in this long primary election, is by far more competent to run against the Republicans in the general election, and is infinitely more qualified to be President of the United States than is Barack Obama.

    Endorsing Barack Obama, a relatively unknown candidate with a thin resume who has lost nearly every large state and swing state to Hillary Clinton in the primaries by large margins, is a huge gamble at best.

    Please don’t gamble with our futures.


    May 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Tony

    Saw this in this morning's paper and on CNN's website!

    "Should Clinton reject racists?
    David Gergen says Sen. Hillary Clinton should tell racists that she doesn't want their vote."

    Perhpas Obama should be the one to do so!

    May 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. Deb

    So, Jimmy Carter and Hillary have had a conversation about whether she would accept a VP proposal from Obama???? Why do you people continue to report "Non-News" from people who don't have a clue?????????????

    May 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Alice

    I can only hope Carter is right about the unlikelihood Obama will choose Hillary as a running mate. He would be foolish to soil the WH premises with the likes of Bill Clinton who will certainly roam the halls and run his narcissistic mouth.. America can offer better, and deserves as much.

    May 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. God Bless America

    The "Right Wing" is comming on to the "Right Side"!!!!!!

    *****OBAMA .......CROSSING PARTY LINES FOR UNITY!!!!!!!******

    THIS IS A GREAT MAN!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Democrats UNITE!

    Democrats need to unite under one man! Barack Obama!

    He is 70 shy of the nomination, there's only one nominee!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. Michael

    Thank God.

    May 21, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Jeanne

    I don't think Clinton would help with Obama's message for change but it might help unite the party. I would rather he choose someone else but you never know how things will turn out in politics.

    May 21, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. TonyNJ

    I must agree, a Clinton & Obama ticket is highly unlikely. We are with you Hillary, through thick or thin, storm or sunshine, breeze or gail force winds, we are with you kid!

    May 21, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. gary

    I don't want her involved in any way nor her hard core women supporters who have as their only agenda to ruin the parties chances for the sake of having a woman as president . You cannot trust her,she is a liar,is too decientful, and shady to allow her to get her hands in anything a vice president. You do not have to go away mad Hillary just go away.....

    May 21, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Proud1of 26% in WV

    I'm afraid that Hillary is going to cause so much problem between now and the convention that the damage will be irreversable.James Carville made the remark this am that they would come out of the convention unified.They need to unify before that.Hillary is demanding that Flordia and Michigan either be counted as was voted in the bogus primaries or have new primaries. She also is using the # 2210 as the nomination #.She don't sound like someone willing to unite any too soon.

    May 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. MD

    The worse nightmare for Democrats is a joint Obama-Clinton ticket. After all the cheap and nasty trash Hillary piled on Obama, she deserved to be shunned by the Establishment, not offered the VP spot. She is vile, selfish, conceited, and politically challenged. If she had one iota of sense, she would not have run those attack ads. She practically slammed the door on herself.

    Even now, she is stubbornly hanging on, just to make more money thru donations. During every one of "victory" speeches, she begs for money. That's Clintons for you, in a nutshell. They are all about money.

    May 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I wouldn't want her on the ticket with Obama. She's basically said he's unqualified, is elitist, and "as far as I know" may be a muslim. Plus, she's run a horrendous campaign, wasting all kinds of money.

    She may be able to hold her whiskey, but I don't think she should hold high office.

    May 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. The Clear Thinking Independent

    Are all former Presidents Superdelegates?

    If so, are there any conflict of interest rules?

    May 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. AtlantaDan

    This is the first election I have sent money to any campaign and I am happy to say I support Hillary. The Obama camp better think long and hard on how to win over the Hillary supporters. I can tell you it makes me sick everytime I see a post from an Obama supporter saying they do not need our vote. I may cast my vote for McCain- this will be the first time I have ever voted for a republican. The ONLY way I will vote Democrat is if he ask Hillary to run with him. NOW that is a ticket that would make it to the White House.... If not... Welcome President McCain

    May 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Real Change

    Here's an idea Mr. President. If your prepared to name Obama as the winner already why don't you cast your superdelegate vote and help END THE DOGGONE THING!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    There are better ways to unify the party. Can anyone really see HIllary accepting a position with basically no power? She'd have more power to actually do something in her Senate seat than as a VP. In this country, a VP [with the exception of the current occupant] is not a CO-president. It's totally up to the president how large a role a VP plays, and I really can't see Obama giving much power to the Billary machine.

    For the naysayers about experience - if you'll check the facts and consider only experience as an elected official, Sen. Obama actually has more than Sen. Clinton. Experience as a first lady doesn't quite cut it.

    I once thought this would be a dream ticket - but Hillary's own actions have changed my mind on that one!

    May 21, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Obama v McCain

    i agree the dual ticket would certainly grant us the presidency.. but if he chooses her not only will be going against the type of political players he is running against, but he will be spending the whole General campaign fighting off her baggage and more specifically the baggage that has come from her!.. I can hear it now.. Clinton: Obama is the right man for the job.. ready on day one!(snicker) McCain: yeah well.. you didnt think so back in the Primaries.. in fact you thought that I was better qualified than him!..

    not good.

    May 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. HH

    As an Obama supporter he should ask her. The ticket would be unbeatable. As we know women vote more than men, and she would bring a majority of them.

    Obama/Clinton 08/12

    May 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Petra

    I agree with you Mr. Ex. President. A Clinton VP spot won't help OBAMA's chances in the fall, but will unite democrats.

    So what do we do?

    May 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Every Wilson

    I think it would be lunacy for Barack Obama to add Hillary Clinton in the V.P. Spot! She caaries to much baggage for the republicans to target and make an issue over from the Clinton years in the white house. Also, I would not trust her and Bill Clinton who played the race card with African Americans and White Americans to polarize and inject race and now sexism into the debate on who the eventual presidential nominee would be. She is blind or oblivious to her and Bills racial ephitets which caused and extraordinary focus on race. Then she says Barack Obama suffered no backlash, the only real issue is sexism! She wants the presidency so bad, I think Barack Obama would need a food taster, extra security, and his own aircrafte mechanics and inspecters to feel comfortable.

    May 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. GoldenChica

    Hillary should be the one offering Obama the VP position.

    May 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Sue P / PA

    Barack Obama only has 62 more delegates to go to become the democratic nominee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    President Obama 08/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/16

    May 21, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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