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. Independant

    It would actually be a good thing if Obama dosn't ask Hillary to take the vp spot. She could use that to her advantage if she goes independant.

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. cindy barba

    Hillary Clinton should not accept a VP position with Obama if he is the nominee, She is a lot smarter than he is in every catagory. He doesn't even know that we have 50 states not 57 states. He believes that a small state like Iran has little power and less dangerous. He wants to talk to terrorists. God help us if he wins

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Check 2 Check

    Hillary Supporters!!

    It is a testiment to your intelligence to vote against your own best interests by voting non-democratic. how many soldiers must die for you to get past your selfish spite. do you even care about your children and family's future? I see why you are Hillary supporters….just as she has been selfish to the democratic party by prolonging a lost cause in an attempt to trigger anarchy by overturning the rules she agreed to and the votes of many.

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Amazed

    The candidate should be able to ick who he wants to pick after all, they earned the right to do so. We as citizens need to determine if we really want to change this thing or keep going in the direction we've gone in for the last 8 years. I don't know about you but my wallet says "lets try something different"

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Chris

    Darth,

    As a hillary supporter, I would say that Obama can't win without Hillary supporter so just relax!!

    May 21, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. Clinton's supporter

    To all Clinton's supporters,

    If Obama is the nominee, let's vote for McCain in November, to give Hillary another chance in 2012!

    Hillary '12

    May 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Nancy from FL

    us hillary supporters don't want her to play second fiddle to the dnc's pet monkey

    Hillary for President or McCain, period!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Les-Wa

    CARTER is another EXTREME LIBERAL, HIS ADMINISTRATION WAS A TOTAL FAILURE!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Anyone but Hillary

    Would Hillary have ever won her senate seat if Bill had not cheated on her? THAT is her ONLY experience. Bill repeatedly cheating on her to get the sympathy of the uneducated voters.
    The Clintons do not deserve to get back the White House. I am forever turned off voting for a woman politician. All Hillary does is whine and complain. She tries to talk tough, then cries when someone is tough on her. Anyone who has voted for Billary is a fool. I hope all of you vote for McCain and if he wins then you get what you deserve. When Obama wins, then it will make the victory even sweeter. Clinton supporters are mainly HillBillies.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Karen from Charlottesville

    The West Va and Kentucky polls have demonstrated that these voters will vote for someone they think is dishonest and unfair before they will vote for a black candidate. Hillary Clinton as VP will not sway these voters to be any less racist and would turn many Obama supporters away because she does not represent the values of the Obama campaign.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. michael in kirksville mo

    No, more appropriately, OBAMA may be considered for VP.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Elizabeth D, Portland, OR

    I would love to see a woman become President. I do not see Hillary as either President, or Vice President on an Obama ticket. Her politics, leadership model/behaviors, and management abilities are disappointing. She has other excellent credentials that will continue to serve her well in the public or private sector. I wish her well. Within a decade or two a woman from the current governor or senate pools likely will become President. Hillary deserves credit for further advancing the reality of a woman President.

    Obama – Clinton (or Clinton -Obama) is incompatible and will simply not work. The democrats will unite to the extent possible and people will vote as they wish.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Jean

    I am a woman, over 60, and like the Bible says: there is a season for all things. There is a time to fight, and a time to concede. There is a time to divide, and a time to unite. There is a time to be selfish, and a time to be selfless and live for a higher goal than self. It is that new time in the primary, and I believe Sen. Clinton has the grit and substance to say, "I take all responsibility for my falling behind in the primary, I now take responsibility for uniting and healing our party behind the nominee."

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Jerry

    If you supported Hillary or Obama and then decided to vote for Mc Cain, you obviously don't know where the candidates stand on the issues. Barack and Hillary are only a few feet apart, Mc Cain is miles from either of them.

    Let's see, Barack got the majority of the total vote and delegates and more people totally dislike and don't trust Hillary, how does that make her the stronger candidate.

    By the way, the worst president in history is about to leave office and not one will ever come close to his poor performance.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. swalker327

    Hillary has criticized Barak and called him every name in the book - he would be crazy to make her his VP. The Repubs would love that senario!! Makes no sense whatsoever!

    OBAMA 08

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  16. AC

    Another brilliant comment from the fortunately-ex-President.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Shirley-Ohio

    It is not going to happen, give it up. If the primary wouldn't have gotten so messy, the maybe, but not now, won't happen.

    May 21, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Chris Hunter

    Carter is wrong that Obama would be better served by another VP. Millions upon millions of American women remember that the Clinton years were NOT just more of Bush, and many will write in her name. Obama's protraying the Hillary as old school will make it more difficult to offer her the spot, but that just shows his political inexperience. Ronald Reagan was smart enough to bring Bush on, even after the Voodoo economics comment. They'd both better kiss and make up. It will be a landslide with great coat-tails for the Senate and House.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Independant

    I have been posting since 12:03 pm ET. All still under moderation. Come on CNN. I'm ready for change on these blogs.

    Hillary or McCain

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. valerie

    didn't finish my comment...

    Mary you've made the uneducated decision to vote AGAINST Obama, when you should cast your vote based on who you believe in not in the person you are against. If you're going to vote for McCain do so because you believe in what he stands for.

    May 21, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Larry from LA

    DO NOT ASK HILLARY TO BE THE VP. HE WOULD BE SORRY.

    May 21, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. The BLACK vote

    How is Hillary Clinton going to win the Black vote???

    NO DEMOCRAT HAS WON THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE LAST 40 YEARS WITHOUT THE BLACK VOTE.

    Those so-called Blue Collar White voters usually go back home to the Republican party during general elections.

    DEMOCRATS HAVE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO WIN 30% OF THEM IN THE HIGH COUNT...IT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTE THAT HISTORICALLY PUTS THEM OVER!

    Hillary has driven a racial wedge between herself and African Americans who for the first time have a candidate that could win the nomination, and the White House.
    HE IS LEADING IN PLEDGED DELEGATES, POPULAR VOTES, STATES WON, SUPER DELEGATES, AND MONEY.

    IF HILLARY GETS THE NOMINATION, SHE WILL LOSE THE GENERAL ELECTION BECAUSE THE MOST RELIABLE MEMBERS OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AFRICAN AMERICAN, WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HER!

    MOST WILL NOT VOTE AT ALL.

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. noemi in los angeles

    An Obama-Clinton ticket is HIGHLY unlikely, given Clinton's divisive and destructive tactics. Thanks Hillary, for running a broken campaign... you've nearly destroyed our party. Thanks!

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. Susan for Hillary

    We believe Hillary will end up winning the democratic nomination. So, if she does, she might pick Obama.

    Hillary Clinton for President!!!!!!!!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. Paul

    Please do not offer her the VP slot. The last thing we need is the Clintons back in the White House.

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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