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. PJ Independent, New York

    All of the Obama supporter's on here who don't want Hillary on the ticket are morons. Obama's ONLY chance of winning the White House is with Hillary Clinton on the ticket.

    Another thing, I cannot believe that a large percentage of the Obama supporter's believe that he can win without her supporter's. It just makes me wonder how stupid some of you really are.

    Also, how can Obama be 'ahead' of McCain in national polls if the Democratic party is still so HUGELY divided (exit polls in primaries are still showing that)?

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Independent in Florida

    For the first time in my life I agree with Pres Carter.

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. mmartin arkansaw

    hillary is becoming a serious problem.21% of kentuckians admitted that race was a factor ,in their choice,and they voted overwhelmingly for mrs. clinton.what a sad state ,the people in this area,must be in,that they haven't advanced ,socially,along with the rest of the tells us our education system is a failure.

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Beca

    I hope they unite, we need them both for the sake of this country, let's see Obama's real UNITY!

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Pistoff

    Jimmy is the man! However, it's time to be done with the Clintons. Obama needs someone with military experience and Hillary's little jaunt to Bosnia just isn't enough. I don't see how Hillary could take the V.P. job ... she is clearly so self-serving and self-centered that even if elected as the V.P. I think she would try and act like she was the President.

    Enough dynasties in America ... it's time to move on.

    May 21, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Souza

    Carter should keep his opinions to himself. This whole process needs to run it's course without the input of politicians who think they know what is best.
    Carter was not a good president so what does he know.
    Go Hillary!!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Margaret

    Obama won't win Florida without her.

    Ergo, Obama won't win the White House.

    May 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Sara

    dwayne May 21st, 2008 12:37 pm ET

    I'm an Obama supporter, if Hillary gets the nomination fair and square I'll vote for her over McSame any day.

    Look, Divide & Conquer is right out of the republican play book from the Feds to the Locals; therefore, if you want to play into that game then keep your mouth shut when John McSame wins the general election. Otherwise be happy that the Dems have the upper hand right now, because another 4 years of McSame is going to put a serious dent in all of your pay-checks. You think it's bad now…go ahead an let your ignorant opinions put him in the White House and see what

    ... Mccain ia a hell of a lot better than King obama

    May 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Louise

    She's not worhy. She's deluded. I hope her supporters get away from her before she rounds them up and forces them to drink the Kool Aid.

    May 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. GDC

    I really think Obama should take a closer look at Kathleen Sibelius. I know she's one that's already on his short list and he should really move her up on that list for a much closer look at being his running mate. She's done some amazing things in Kansas and would help toward gaining some of the female supporters that so strongly support Hillary.

    If Sibelius served as VP in 2008 and 2012, with positive improvements in the country, I would without a doubt vote for her as president 2016. Her record/history is very strong and I think she brings much more honor, respect, and positive movement to the country then Hillary has shown in the last year. I have more respect for her right now then I've ever had for Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. New York

    Clinton would be a nightmare VP. She would undermine Obama, and take credit for any accomplishments. I know it's unprecedented, but I could see her challenging him again in 2012 even as his VP. She would capitalize on Obama's naivete and lack of experience to bolster her standing with voters.

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. lois

    I am just fed up with the Obama supporters' vile and hate-filled rhetoric.

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. noemi in los angeles

    Obama has the support of Democrats, Independents, Republicans, and the non-affiliated. This man can bring our country together and out of this recession!!

    Obama Generation, Stand Up!!

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. Ed

    Carter: Irrelevant, idiot, and undeserving of press coverage. A worse president than bush in case we have forgotten.

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Kris K from CA

    Clinton is ruining the Democractic run by staying in. Her inability to see the big picturs is breathtaking. She is everything Obama is not. She is old,tragic,self-centered,mean. Her vision is so distorted and out of focus it is frightening. She needs therapy not a VP slot.

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Mark

    Well that ticket sounds like the old Oil and Water it just doesnt mix. Can you see it Clinton trying to underhand Obama and Obama telling Clinton shut up and mind your position she wants to be a leader so bad that she will try to destroy what ever is n here way (DEM PARTY) hint hint

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. jack, phoenix,az

    I will vote for Obama as long as it is not with Clinton. And I'm a staunch Republican. Barrack would be foolish to take her. He really needs someone like Edwards or Gore.

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. VW

    Who cares what this person said.
    What the people care is who will/can win in Nov, Who can save American? Only choice is either Hillary or John.
    Looks like Democratic Party will be gone because their so-called leaders deceived their loyal democrats and gave up the strong candidate.

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. scott

    I wish Carter would stick to building houses. He's the worst president in US history and has been wrong on every single foreign policy issue...Iran in the 70s, North Korea ("I can't believe Kim Jong Il lied"), to Hamas.

    Take note people...Obama has the same ideas that Carter did!!!

    May 21, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. he is correct in at least one thing

    That the Obama/Clinton is a DREAM ticket for the REPUBLICANS. Their party is floundering and the one person who can unify them the most is Hillary Clinton. If she's on the November ticket, expect record Republican turnout.

    May 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Russ C, Seattle, Wa

    When you have campaigned saying that Clinton is representative of the Washington establishment and then pick her as a running mate the message is you'll do anything to win. That will further divide the party and will likely set the stage for loosing the General as well. If indeed he is the nominee he would be better of picking a prominent Democrat who hasn't been connected with the Washington establishment. Maybe a woman but whom ever it is I just hope this person has been well vetted.

    May 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Good Grief

    Keep your threats to yourself. Coercion will not garner HRC the nomination. You're just kicking sand and pouting, tacky, tacky, tacky. Take your ball and go home already.

    May 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    Obama supporters need to realize we democrats that vote for the candidate rather then just whatever the party throws at, us are not happy with Obamas' far left ideas. We will not support him just because he is the nominee. We are often referred to as Reagan Democrats. We do not blindly follow anybody. We may not like McCain but we will weigh the options. I, for one of at least thirty I know of, will write Hillary Clinton on our ballots in November.

    May 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Misty

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Please!
    No Hillary Clinton.

    Obama with Barbara Boxer or Joe Biden or Bill RIchardson or anybody but not Hillary Clinton. Even Chuck Hagel will do.

    Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Dave from Oregon

    It makes one wonder what Hillary Clinton has on her mind. She continues to run despite her mathematical odds against gaining the nomination. She is in red ink with respect to her campaign payment obligations. It appears to be all over until she tosses in the towel. And yet this woman continues to politic. What is she "lobbying for"?

    May 21, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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