May 26th, 2008
07:20 AM ET
15 years ago

Carter: After June 3, it will be time for Clinton to 'give it up'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Carter said Sunday the clock was ticking on Clinton's presidential bid."](CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that in a little more than a week, when the last Democratic primary voters weigh in, it will be time for Hillary Clinton to “give it up.”

Carter told Britain’s Sky News that Clinton “had a perfect right” to keep running – but that “a lot of the superdelegates will make a decision quite, announced quite rapidly, after the final primary on June 3," he told Sky News Sunday.

"I have not yet announced publicly, but I think at that point it will be time for her to give it up," he added.

Carter, a superdelegate, has not made endorsement but has spoken out frequently in favor of Barack Obama.

Obama leads Clinton among superdelegates and has captured the majority of pledged delegates up for grabs this primary season.

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soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. Julie

    I for one am glad the Hill is still in. When the inevitable happens, she will have exhausted all her excuses as to why she is more electable. I thought Hillary was low until I heard Liz Trotter on Fox news. Oh. My. Gawd. If Hillary's RFK mark didn't send people away from her way of thinking, this womans remark sure did. How despicable.

    May 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Judy DiVietro

    It's a shame that delegates count more than the people's vote. Otherwise, she'd be ahead. I pray his spell is broken because not only is Hillary a better more experienced choice but Michell Obama would be a horrible first lady that would encourage a lot of racism. She forget's that her husband is half white. (so does he) ugh!

    May 25, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Al

    It is surprising just how long it takes to interrupt family Dynasty. It was clear from the beginnning: she has voted for the Iraq war, she has no place in any office. Democracy does not forgive such errors/crimes. But a Royal Dynasty is another thing, many countries are still ruled this way: A few families control everything. Hopefully we'll return to democracy.

    Obama 2008

    May 25, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  4. Greg

    In response to MS Redhead: Have you somehow missed all of the various and sundry 'smoke' emanating from the general vicinity of the Clintons, both during this campaign, and with alarming historical precedent?

    May 25, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. ed

    As President Carter so eloquently suggested – let the process continue to June 3 and afford the remaining voters the opportunity to be in the process. But, there is only one problem wizh that idea. Can the Unity of the DNC substain the in-fightings generated by the Clintion campaign and still win the general election? Here's the problem – the indicisive role the the super D's has place in the primary has, in effect, deminished a good starting point for the general election race. How could this has happened? All of this for one person's ambitions. I think the super D's need to weigh The Good of The Party vs. The Good of The One.

    May 25, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Jimmy Carter is getting senile. Apparently one too many nail guns went thru his brain in his working for Habitat for Humanity....

    May 25, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. Nija

    H. Clinton wants to be the VP. She'sbeen trying to prove that point for a long time to Obama. And also, for him to ununderstand that without her he cannot win the votes of the uneducated white people.

    May 25, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Sam

    Hillary will be done by June 4th. Please allow her to spend the $1,000.00 she turned into $100,000.00 within 10 months in Arkansas. Those shady Clintons.

    May 25, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Charles Nilston

    I think some democrates are not ready to take back the white house.This game will continue to the convention because this is a big dog we are talking about.The Clinton's wont give up until they get what they want.

    May 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. Bruce

    We don't need any advise from former President Carter. His approval ratings if I recall were just a step above Bush. The second worst President this Country ever had.

    May 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. bob in LA

    When Carter ran for a second term, did the party tell him to give it up?
    Whose business it but Hillary's what she does?
    If the party is damaged, its because the party is not right now. No one person is going to make people not vote Democratic.
    If in the fall, Obama loses it will be his loss, not Hillary's.

    May 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Women for Obama!

    June 3rd can't get here fast enough then. I can't stand another minute of hearing Hilliary's lies, whining and deception. Hilliary please, please, please step down for women, for the democratic party and for my sanity.

    Obama 08

    May 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Evelyn Cordero

    For all those that believe that Senator Clinton should drop out of the race..Let me ask you would you tell your favorite Futbool team to quit the game in the last quater beacause it looks like the other team may win. Games have been won with only seconds to spare. So... lets show the rest of the world how Democracy really works.
    I don't trust Obama, I believe he has another agenda the same way that was never his intentions to serve as a Senator and He still have to show what he did for his constituants that put him in the senator seat. I say nothing!!!! Hillary has a track record that speak by itself.

    May 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  14. Charlene

    The party is over Billary....please just go away so the party can unify.

    I am concerned that your RK gaffe was that you were hoping that you could profit from a tragedy of this kind now. I feel sick at your twisted mind.

    May 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    I can't understand why Clinton supporters seem to think Obama supporters are nasty and mean based off of what they see on this webpage. I'm a proud Obama supporter and have no quams about Clinton either. Ive seen nasty things about Obama, Clinton , and McCain, some true , some outright lies. But I have yet to see something a Clinton supporter posted on this page that makes me say I'm going with Obama, because clinton supporters are mean and nasty, what does that have to do with him or her? Sounds like some people need to grow up, and figure out whats best for the country, themselves and their children, and stop with the hurt feelings trash.

    May 25, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. The Truth About Carter's Presidency!


    While I admire Carter's post-presidency work, I can understand why he might "embrace" Obama. Their campaigns are very similar, and just like Ted Kennedy hoping to restore "Camelot" just one last time, so Carter might want to lend credibility to his own, failed presidency. .

    The reality is that JIMMY CARTER was a one-time president. The most obvious factor was lack of previous experience in Washington. Like Obama, he ran on a "leadership crisis" and skepticism about "Washington,” with confidence that his own personal qualities could end the crisis. His campaign in 1975 stressed Washington's defects and his own virtues - NOT SPECIFIC ISSUES OR A CLEARLY DEFINED IDEOLOGY. He sensed a yearning for “change,” and tried to persuade the “disenchanted” that he had the personality and values the situation demanded.
    Many voters found Carter puzzling—even contradictory—and UNTESTED. Carter only squeaked through to victory, with a popular vote of 40.8 million to Ford's 39.1 million and an electoral vote of 297 to 240.
    What Carter failed at was to have a compelling vision AND POLITICAL SKILL.
    Not surprisingly, Carter was a one-term president and even had to struggle to even obtain the re-nomination by his own party.

    Deja-vu all over with Obama!

    May 25, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. GL

    All Clinton's supports are sick too keep pushing her to stay in the race you sore losers. Can not see true becasue Hilliary keep lying to all her supports she have the popular vote when in fact she doesn't. She is making our party look bad and women look bad.
    Michigan Voter you broke the rules so get over it. Obama doesn't need your vote to win he all ready won and your vote won't make Hilliary the winner. Time to heal and back Obama right now! If Obama was behind things would be diffent and the race would be over.

    May 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Sam

    The Clinton's come with a lot of baggage. Hillary and Bill will spend a lot of time answering questions instead of helping this country. Remember Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate and Cattlegate.

    I respect the women for such a tough campaign. However, she is trying to change the rules during the game. This is so not what Americans stand for.

    May 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |


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