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. Abby

    I certainly don’t want a person who lies deliberately -whether its while telling a long anecdote about Bosnia or claiming she has the popular vote lead by counting a state without Obama on the ballot- to be anywhere near the ticket. The bible says ‘the TRUTH shall set you free’. No more lies! Also, one wants a vp to wishes them well not hope that something bad happens so she can take over ( just like she’s’ going now!). no no. no thank you.

    May 21, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Frances

    Carter is right but in all fairness Obama may need to at least ask Hillary to be on the ticket with him just as she would need to ask him if she somehow stole the nomination awat from him. I know Obama wouldn't want the Hillary baggage which means he would be keeping the old politics around but he may have no choice. Being a strong Obama supporter, I feel it's only fair. Even though Hillary is not being fair by giving Obama a hard time with her mean remarks, he should turn the other cheek and still do to her what's fair.

    May 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. Miro

    No thanks for Clinton. He need somebody else.

    May 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. CLINTON 08!

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    Barack Obama is in Florida to raise money from voters whom he has worked hard to disenfranchise from the Democratic Party’s nomination process.

    Barack Obama is shopping for a running mate before securing the Party’s nomination.

    Frankly, not being one of the millions who have fallen in love with the idea of Barack Obama as President of the United States, I’ve never been able to see beyond his obvious flaws as a weak candidate with a thin resume and a serious touch of arrogance.

    Barack Obama at the top of the ticket would spell defeat for the Democratic Party in the fall, and the failure of the Democratic Party as I’ve known it for nearly 4 decades will be complete.

    Fortunately, if Obama should ever actually secure the nomination, Hillary Clinton will be there to lead the new Democratic Party in the wake of the disaster.


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

    Let Hillary go home and lick her wounds. We DO NOT want her for VP. Let her and Geraldine Ferrato drink whiskey and shoot rabbits in the backyard of DEFEAT in good ol' West Virigina.

    May 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Don't Vote


    If Hillary is not on the ticket we will not vote or we vote McCain! Obama cannot beat McCain.

    May 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Patrick

    AtlantaDan, where are your scruples? You'd vote for a war-mongering McCain instead of a democrat? I don't get the logic. I've heard other people say that. McCain will just keep us at war for another 8 years. Please reconsider your logic.

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

    I don't get you Obama supporters... Hillary still commands 40-45% of the vote of democrats in the US, so saying you don't need her supporters votes is just plain inaccurate... so, calling all Hillary supporters racist or bitter isn't doing your preferred candidate any favors

    May 21, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. faye, NV

    I don't think Obama/Clinton would work, she stuck on old ways and ideas. I personally think she is to dirty and extremely power hunger to be VP.

    She and Bill would destroy him by framing him in whatever they could. The Clintons are not to be trusted.

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

    Clinton supporters.... Please, stop it. I am sick and tired of your comments. They are so hypocritical, malicious, mean, rough... I am so sorry but I start to trust that for Clinton vote people without education.

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Really?

    Mr. Carter: please, build houses for the homeless; feed the starving; clothe the naked . . . but stay out of the Middle East and Democratic politics. Play to your strengths, my man!

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I believe that anyone who supports Hillary through gail force winds....or other storm activity must of been hit in the head...and is not aware that she has taken multiple positions on the same subject – i.e. support for NAFTA....then not supporting NAFTA....and war in Iraq support to not supporting the drivers licenses for illegal (you get the picture....well...everyone except Hillary supporters that is)

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Terry

    Obama should consider Hillary on the ticket, so that her supporters do not go out and vote for McCain. Unfortunately, the Dems have been so divided, but they need to become united. The race has been so close, it would only make sense to put them on the same ticket. It's not about pride or who comes out on top, it's about the unity of two very strong Democratic candidates. Let's put all of this bickering and long campaigning behind us. I'm not waiting for McCain and his prediction of winning the war in Iraq by 2013. Are you kidding me!? Dems '08!

    Obama/Clinton '08
    Clinton/Obama '08

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Joe

    Hey Charles,there may be more Clinton haters out there than Clinton supporters but Hillary has received more votes in a primary year (close to 16 million) than ANY other 2nd place candidate in history. That says to me that there are many Clinton supporters still out there. Get over your jealously of the Clintons!

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. JAS in CT

    It is a shame that AtlantaDan and others like him are willing to cross over and vote republican if Clinton is not on the ticket. Like President Carter, I don't think a joint ticket is likely for many reasons. However, I understand how AtlantaDan feels–if the roles were reversed, which would be the case if Clinton somehow manages reverse the superdelegate vote–I cannot envision voting for Clinton under any circumstance. I'm sure she would be a competent president, but we need new blood in the WH. Should HC get into office, that would mean that the presidency will have been held by only two families for at least 24 years. I cannot imagine that's what our Founding Fathers had in mind. Furthermore, I don't believe she could beet McCain–a true American Hero, vs. someone who has lied about being under sniper fire... I can see the commercial now. Game over. So we might as well get used to a McCain presidency, because if Obama cannot bring Clinton supporters back like AtlantaDan back into the fold, McCain will certainly win.

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Celeste, ScaredofRepublicans

    Any American who loves their country, freedom, their jobs, a future, and would like for America to remain number 1 in the world BETTER NOT VOTE FOR MCCAIN.

    Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face! Man, what has to happen in this country before dumb Americans like AtlantaDan puts someone in office that will move the country forward instead of driving us in the ground?


    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Prince

    How can she( Hillary) be on a ticket of someone she has negatively criticized, time without number, and even said he's not capable which is all politics as usual from washington perspective. Well, I think she shouldn't be on the ticket, because we are moving in a different direction of changing the way this great country is perceived both inside and outside. We need a total overhaul change, we don't need Clinton and her baggages in the white house, even as a VP. We are smatter than all her schemings.

    May 21, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Beth

    Anyone who is thinking of casting their votes for McCain is welcome to do so. I make more than 100.000 annually, McCain would work much better for me in that respect. (Though I am all for Obama and voted for him already and will cast my vote for him come November). So for me it really doesn't matter whoever is the next president as far as my finances though I am worried about other things. But for people who are suffering economically to cast a vote for McCain is stupidity at its best truly. This election will be about common sense versus stupidity. Obama keeps saying American people are better and smarter than that but I don't know... We shall see in November. I am voting for Obama even though he will be taking away Bush's tax cuts I have been enjoying over the past years but I love my country and am more worried about her standing in 21st century's world than any finances. Think hard people.

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. not her please

    No Clinton on the ticket–please!!! I know superdelegates don't read these posts but please put an end to can do it!! do it soon. we have to move forward.

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Carl, Atlanta

    Sam Nunn would be an excellent choice! Not only was he Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee for years, he has extensive foreign policy experience. Best, he was considered one of the most thoughtful and and trustworthy members of the Senate and was well respected by members of both parties.

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Michael straight talk

    I agree with President Carter, that a joint ticket is not likely, because of the same reason why Sen. John Edwards did not endorse Sen. Clinton. It will be commiting political suicide! There is no way to justify taking along a person who is runnig "old politics" and pro lobbyists!
    Sen. Clinton was complaining about sexism or misogynistic trends in this election. She forgot that first she was not running as a woman, but as a candidate that happened to be a woman. Later on when things were no longer going her way then she played gender card, race card and victim card! She and Bill said to Sen. Obama: "if you cannot the heat, get out of the kitchen"! So why complain? Do the right thing! Don't throw trash at people, when you are not willing to take trash yourself. Follow the golden rule! Sorry, I forgot it is difficult to follow the rules when one is Clinton! Yet you aspire to be the Commander-in-Chief of a country built on rules? How would the military function, without rules? How would various state departments function without rules? Americans are you really serious that you want a leader again who disrespects rules, regulations and laws? This is prerequisite number ONE for executive job! How can one be a lawyer when one is against rules, regulations, law and order? If one cannot respect DNC rules that every Candidate accepted without protest before the primaries, how does one expect that person to respect the law of the land? Can someone tell me?

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  22. Chi4Obama

    I am Pro-Obama. But that does not mean that I am anti Hillary. With this being said. I think it is truly unfortunate that MANY Hillary supporters will not back Obama WHEN he becomes our nominee. I dare not speculate as to why this would be the case....

    As a result, I think putting Hillary as VP, may be the only viable way that Obama can capture a significan portion of her base in the General Election. There will obviously be a percentage of Democrats who "WILL NEVER' vote for Obama. But there is not much that he can do about that..However, having her serve on his ticket as VP would help to mend a lot of the "bitter" feelings within our party.

    Democrats '08, '12, Forever....

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. laura

    Hillary supporters that vote McCain have no true respect for her or her stance on the issues. She admirably fought for her vision of American for nearly two years, a vision that couldn't be more removed from McCain's vision of the US and the world, and by voting for him you'd be essentially giving Hillary and her hard work a slap in the face. I firmly believe that in the end she'd rather want the realization of her vision of America than winning the presidency. So stop thinking about what you want, but start thinking about what she wants. Also, in an Obama cabinet position she can play a more effecive role in realizing her vision of America than when she is pushed to the sidelines by a McCain victory, for which a great many Democrats, rightly or wrongly, will blame her. Hillary supporters, if you truly want to play a heroic role in this historic election, then chose for the path of America that she wanted to take, and not for the destructive status quo we have now. Only you can decide this thing and I hope you'll choose to be on the "right" side of history. Thank you.

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. "The Great Elephant Is Wounded"-Kareem From Hampton, Va

    AtlantaDan saying you support Hillary and then opting to vote for McCain is a slap in nobody's face BUT Hillary's! Secondly, you need to think long and hard about the comments! Its republicans on both sides (Obama & Clinton) posing as democrats dishing out the nasty remarks! Keep an eye out! They are the same people every where you go! True Clinton Supporters will not need to be "won over"! If they listened to anything she's said in the last 2 years it shouldnt matter WHO the nominee long as the repubicans are out of office! And TRUE Clinton Supporters will know that even if she isnt the nominee this is only the beginning for her! When Obama is president Hillary can go furthur than she ever has in Senate (i.e. majority leader a 1st for a woman) vote for McCain and you've deadlocked her chances on making history again!! Not being nasty...just think about it!

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Kim, PA

    oops... did i mention i'm a black woman AND voting for Hillary????

    May 21, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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