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. FL Voter

    FL didn't follow the rules and shouldn't be counted. Neither should Michigan where Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot (he followed the rules). I am a staunch Republican who supported Bush (who inherited Clinton's mistakes), but will be voting for Obama. It is time for change. An Obama/Clinton ticket is better than a McBush/McCheney one, ANYDAY!

    May 21, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |


    May 21, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This country is in enough chaos without creating chaos in the White House by teaming Obama and Hillary.

    May 21, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Charles Lemay

    There are many, many more CLINTON HATERS out there
    than there are Hillary supporters.

    May 21, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Pat-WA

    Hillary would be a bad choice, she and Bill brought in racism and sexism – lets move forward!

    To all those that wont vote for Obama once the other 64delegates/superdelegates are allocated – remember there are more that didnt vote during the primary that are waiting for him to be on the ballot in November – so its okay. And guess what many of the are white and this also includes those living in FL and MI whom was told their vote didn't count so dont come out!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. Xango 4

    CNN please report the news that matter, and the facts

    By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent
    Wed May 21, 7:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrat Barack Obama has opened an 8-point national lead on Republican John McCain as the U.S. presidential rivals turn their focus to a general election race, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

    To Atlanta DAn,_ your vote is your choice, you support Hillary that is your choice..
    just remember: she voted for the war, she uses fear tactics from GOP , she quotes Karl Rove for a reason to continue in the fight,
    and if you like most of AMericans care, remember,
    she lies, lies lies

    how is that you can live with a liar ..but not an African American president..

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. carrie

    I vote democratically, but I am an American before I am a democrat. I have a right to vote for whomever I want. I am sick of Obama supporters saying anyone who supports Hillary is a hilly billy. My vote in November will be a vote against Obama. TTFN DNC!

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Any democrate casting their vote for Mcain is a fool because their candidate did not make it is a fool.

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. John

    If you're like me and my mom and can't bring yourself to vote for Obama, either write in Hillary or vote Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney. She's a pretty cool candidate in my opinion.

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Maybe Obama/Hagel would work. He'd be able to siphon off voters from McCain, and it would help bringing over Congressional Republicans...

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. KO

    It doesn't matter. John McCain will likely be the next president anyway. Just watch. If Obama looses all of those swing states like he did to Clinton (WV, KY, PA, OH, MI, FL) then McCain will win. It's sad that this whole thing could come down to one thing: Trust. Obama, I think, is just too much of a question mark for people.

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Crush Rush

    Not likely.

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Debbie in NC

    I think that he will offer her the position and she will accept it. I also think that the two of them together would eat McCain alive. But then I worry about this e-mail going around with a list of people that are no longer living because of the Clintons, wondering if it could be true and if Obama would be the next victim which would make Hillary the President.

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. CB

    We have DEMOCRATS who say they won’t vote for OBAMA, but we have just as many REPUBLICANS. who say they will. Just something to think about for you CLINTON SUPPORTS who won’t support OBAMA.

    It sounds like an EVEN TRADE TO ME, except the cross over REPUBLICANS is getting the better part of the deal. Just my 2 cents or 1.

    You guys are going to look real funny with you nose cut off.

    Now is the time to SHANK HANDS, KISS and make up to get ahead of the game.

    Obama 08!

    May 21, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  15. paul oregon

    billary noway to put this mildy she is not honset we dont need
    another 4 yrs. of gop.

    May 21, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    (I will ask…but there will never be an answer) – for those who say Hillary or McCain – what positions do you support Hillary on….i.e. why are you voting for her? McCain and Clinton don't share similar positions on anything….so….my guess….you voted on gender…and want to send a (poor) message that you didn't get your way…again…try picking up a newspaper to see where the candidate stand on certain positions

    May 21, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Any democrate casting their vote for Mccain because their candidate did not make it is a fool.

    May 21, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Persio, NY

    Who asked this guy to come out of his hole under the rock? He is so irrelevant, and useless, but he knows that and that's why he's pushing himself into the spotlight by answering questions that he claims he doesn't know about. Carter you should go back into hiding.

    May 21, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. joaquin

    I disagree.

    A obama-clinton ticket would help to make obama stronger against McBush.

    Although I dislike Clinton; she is a cheater

    May 21, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Kim, PA

    Hey Gary....
    here's my thoughts to you as a hardcore Hillary Supporter.....


    May 21, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Andy

    This is news how? Carter has no knowledge of either campaign, and if his presidency showed anything, he has little or now political know-how.

    May 21, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Brian

    At what point does somebody tell Mr. Carter to shut up and simply reflect on his horrible presidency. What happened to retiring to the Peanut Farm.

    May 21, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Stephanie

    What's most amazing to me in this race is that everyone has an opinion that is based on nothing but wishful thinking, conjecture and, perhaps, most sadly, ignorance and stupidity. What's more amazing to me is that the media continues to solicit opinions from anyone who cares to give one and then proceed to analyze these worthless utterances for hours. When some idiot seriously argues that HRC should reject race based votes, as has been suggested by one of CNN's "political analysts" last night, it is time to say enough is enough. This is especially true in light of the fact that by now, even the most ignorant "political analyst" should have caught on to the fact that the Obama campaign has built its entire strategy around race and race based votes,

    Likewise, it is doubtful that HRC would even consider the No. 2 spot. Obama is going to get trounced in the Fall, in case this, too, is still not obvious to the media. Obama's strategy to gather the African American vote and then blackmail the party to make him the nominee is clearly not going to work in the Fall as there will be nobody to blackmail. HRC is clearly not dumb enough to become part of a ticket that is guaranteed to lose the election. No guys, she is running for 2012.

    May 21, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. ann_american2004

    I agree with AtlantaDan. I was on the fence for awhile, leaning more toward Obama. I still plan to vote for Obama, but have to remind myself daily that his supporters arent him. I shudder at how they treat fellow democrats. Obama will be losing a very large population of voters if he does not let Hillary's supporters be represented in this election. It is not like he is winning by a landslide. Her votes are very important and FL and Michigan WILL vote in the actual election, among her other states.

    May 21, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Obama supporters are not saying things like that. That's Operation Chaos at work. LIkewise, there are "Hillary" supporters saying nasty things, too. Once again, Operation Chaos.

    May 21, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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