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. Sal, SD

    Hillary has set a bad example for the Democratic party. Kiss up to Fox-fix news and the Right "Chicken" Wing. She will say or do anything to win, that's the Rove tactics. Hillary will throw any group under the bus your next hard working blue collar Americans.

    Go for your hopes, dreams and change vote Obama!

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Party Crasher

    AtlantaDan,

    Why would you vote for McSame?

    Is his Health-Care plan so much like Clinton"s?
    Is he planning on trying to end this war soon?
    Does he even claim to know anything about the economy?
    Has he even tried to address the job issue?
    Would he care about the housing issue that we face?

    So tell me AtlantaDan, if the democrat's platforms are closer to each other than the republicans why would you vote republican.

    It could not be about the issues.
    It could not be because she is a woman, because McSame is a man also.

    So Dan, just what is it? Is it because Obama is left handed, or maybe it because Obama only has two children. No, let me guess, its because Obama is over-weight.

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Edwin E. McGee

    First, I'd like to say I support both Dems, and wish that we pull together. I am a african american married to a german citizen, and this racesisum, sexisum, and hateration must stop. As for a health plan living in germany we are forced to pay. Out of 2,308.20 euros monthly I pay 170.17 plus 22.97 for not having children to help my future, then a co-payment of 20 euro for medical/dental quaterly. The perscription cost is about 5-10 euro per perscription. As a democratic ticket I support Both. I am a dessert storm disabled vet and love my land but may main concern is racesisum. God bless all americans Rebubs and Dems. I use my given name in the hopes that someone would like to address me personally. Democracy Rules.

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW

    Really self-serving of the Democratic party to say for the good of the party we'll unite. If you want a United (50) States of America do it for the American people. Dems don't ask what you can do for your party, but ask what you can do in Florida and Michigan.....Revote...Revote.
    A 48 state primary will not serve the party or the country. United you stand>>>>>>>>>>>>

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    We do NOT want nasty, shrill, divisive Hillary on the DEM 2008 ticket... NO Clintons for VP.

    The woman is power hungry and unstable, as she has proved by her obsessive chase after a nomination she cannot win. She is not to be trusted: REMEMBER HER BOSNIA STORY?

    OBAMA-EDWARDS '08.....

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse NY

    They would have to add 2 more desks in the oval office; one for Hillary and one for Bill. Then we can have all decisions made by a 2 out of 3 majority.

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. john hayes

    I am not from the U.S., but it would seem to me that if Clinton and Obama agreed to run as a team with Obama as President for the first term and Clinton the second term, they could control the white house together for the next sixteen years. I dont think this would violate the constitutional limitation of no more than eight years as President for both.

    Your system of selecting a party leader is uniquely masachistic.

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Diana New York

    ANYBODY BUT CLINTON.......OBAMA WILL LOOSE MANY VOTES IF HILLARY IS ON THE TICKET.SHE HAS BEEN VERY DIVICIVE AND DISSAPOINTING FOR THE DEM PARTY.

    OVER 50 WOMAN VOTER.

    May 21, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. james

    We don't want Hillary to ask or accept to be Obamaboy's running mate – she deserves to lead this great nation. He doesn't, just reality.

    The MOVEMENT is in motion...
    Hillary supporters, vote McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    It's time we teach the DNC a lesson not to mess with the voters!!!

    May 21, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Independant

    Obama still needs 248 delegates to quench the nomination. You can't say that he is close to winning until FL and MI is settled. More sexism.

    May 21, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Democrat in Des Moines

    Are you saying you would vote AGAINST Obama if Hillary were on the ticket? That's lame. She would only be VP...unless you feel she would pounce Obama. Afterall, he is the weaker of the two.

    Like it or not, as divided as the party is, a join ticket is likely the only way democrats will see the White House in November. It's fact – deal with it.

    Stop trashing Hillary. You aren't helping Obama's cause with her supporters.

    May 21, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. a lilley texas

    PEOPLE WAKE UP WE NEED A LEADER WITH KNOW HOW AND EXPERENCE NOT SOME ONE LIKE OBAMBA, I WILL VOTE FOR MCAIN FIRST AS HE HAS A BACKGROUND AND EXPERENCE AND TO ME HE WILL DO LIKE SOME COUNTRIES DID DURING WW .2
    BUDDY

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

    Obama better think hard if he wants to be president this fall. Over half of the democrats in this country does not wants him as their nominee. He cannot win the presidentcy with all of those voters. So the best thing for Obama to do is to put Hillary on his ticket as VP, if not McCain will by our next president. Hillary is a very smart person and has done great things for this country, she would be the best choice foer VP.

    May 21, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Norb

    Jimmy Carter. Nice man. Lousy president. Talk about appeasement.

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. gary

    If there is one thing this primary campaign has proven it is that a lot of people don't like Hillary. Having her on the ticket would motivate a lot of people who might vote for Barack to vote for McCain instead. The bulk of Hillary's supporters who would have voted for her in the GE will vote for Barack Obama because of the issues (supreme court judges, ending the war, restructuring tax cuts). Let's be realistic, Hillary has only won 1/3 of the states, and for the big, meaningful wins in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana, if Ed Rendel, Strickland, and Evan Bayh had supported Obama, things would likely be different. It is absolutely a fact that without a heavy latino vote, Hillary would have lost Ariz, NM,NV, and TX (which she lost delegate-wise) and most of that vote will go to Obama. At the end of the day I think Hillary's case is very weak. She was the heavy favorite last December, and she lost.

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. felicia

    UH, HELLO? MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA ARE BEING PENALIZED FOR HAVING THEIR PRIMARIES TOO EARLY. DOESN'T HRC REALIZE THAT THEY AREN'T GOING TO CHANGE THIS JUST BECAUSE SHE WANTS THE VOTES?

    IF BARACK PUT HILLARY ON AS HIS VP, HE WOULD GET MORE VOTES. DEFINETLY. HOWEVER, A LOT OF THESE FOLKS ARE JUST SIMPLY NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR A BLACK MAN REGARDLESS OF WHO IS VOTING WITH HIM. THATS WHY THESE VOTERS IN WV,KY,PA DIDN'T VOTE FOR HIM. AN EDUCATED, ARTICULATE, BLACK MAN INTIMIDATES THEM. I'M A BLACK WOMAN FROM WEST VIRGINIA SO I KNOW THIS TO BE A 100% FACT. IF OBAMA WERE A WHITE MAN THEY WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR HIM OVER HILLARY NO DOUBT.

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. OBAMASGRANNY

    Carter, Hamas called and they said tell Obama good luck!!

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. ron in CT

    Amen, Freida NYC!

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Letha

    OMG, the Obamanation groupies have to be the stupidest people out there. You should study the rules that govern this preliminary race before you dribble your vile comments. Also, what makes you think it has anything to do with your anointed messiah, the OBAMA, that is causing the Clinton supports to rebel? It is not the man but his lack of experience plus a few other things YOU in your bowed positions to the rhetoric do not hear.

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Tim, Seattle

    You know, watching Hillary's 'victory' speech last night, I feel sad that her supporters are in for such a big dissapointment as their fairy tale come to an end on June 3rd when the states run out, thanks to reality and simple mathematics.

    If they vote for McCAin, then they are voting against their own principles. Sad they feel the need to sell their souls to McCain because their candidate tried hard, but lost in the end.

    SOme people handle loss with grace, others dont.
    Dont try and console the Hillary supporters, I have tried and they dont want it. They just want to pee on everything that Obama says or does, even though they cant escape the nagging fact that they dont have a rational argument for it. There are good losers and pathetic ones. The most hardened of her supporters are the latter.

    Let them have their sour grapes and their tantrums. IN the end they are going to lose, we all know that. I hope that you come to your senses and vote democrat anyway. But if not...

    Voting for McCAin just makes you look weak with no integrity. If you really want to be a full-time loser, just vote for McCain. The Republican tent is over there on the right, Rush Limbaugh is waiting to embrace your kind. Please go.

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. anon

    People mocking hillary better watch out as women are not going to put up with it. its hillary or mccain.

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Fran

    No Hillary, please don't go with Obama!!

    McCain 2008 – Hillary 2012

    I will vote for Hillary but not if Obama is on the ticket.

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. BLACK MALE VOTER

    THE QUESTION IS WHETHER CLINTON WOULD ASK OBAMA TO BE HER V.P. THIS IS NOT OVER. OBAMA IS A MEDIA CREATION. OBAMA SHOULD GET HIS INEXPERIENCED, HATE FILLED ALLIANCES, FREINDS, UNCLES, PASTORS ON HIS TRCYCLE AND GO HOME. HILLARY WILL BE THE NOMINEE OFFERING TWO GOOD CHOICES IN NOVEMBER RATHER THAN ONE.

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Jim-Saint Paul Minnesota

    CLINTON-OBAMA 08
    OBAMA-CLINTON 08

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. 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 war….to drivers licenses for illegal aliens…to (you get the picture….well…everyone except Hillary supporters that is)

    May 21, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
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