May 26th, 2008
07:20 AM ET
13 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. Saint Paul

    Give up Billary please your hurting Americans. It was never meant to be. Besides I would never vote for any one who voted for WAR!

    May 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Janet, American via Canada

    Yes, it is time for the Clintons, STOP!

    The Clintons, have totally disgraced our Country, with their negative campaigning.

    The only real Royal Family in the America are the Kennedy's!

    Our Prayers and Thank YOU to the Kennedy Family! God Bless and watch over them as they mean so much to us.

    May 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Hillary Clinton

    Is that blood on his hands?

    May 25, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Mike in PA

    The people up top finally got it and realize its over. Now we can move on to fighting McCain.

    May 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. I'm for Hillary

    Jimmy Carter should go away.

    May 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Brian Knoxville, TN

    The failure of the leadership of the soon-to-be defunct Democratic Party is nearly complete.

    It's not too late!


    May 25, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |

    OMG...I hope your right......she's even in my nightmares!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Jim

    Why don't you give it up Carter. Go Hillary, all the way to the convention.

    Hillary, if not then McCain because Obama is a Fraud and far worse the McCain.

    May 25, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. William, CA.

    Do" former Presidents" really know what's good, for the country? That's why, he's a "farmer" president..........Only time, will tell, whose right!

    May 25, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. Jack

    Spoken like a true LOSER! Mr. Carter, I'm ashamed to be in the same party as you.

    You were a failure, just like Michael Dukakis, George McGovern, and John Kerry!

    May 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. obamamama

    time for hillary to run as an independent,she already has her loyal supporters of 17 million and in a three way that might be enough.I am ready to donate to the max in such scenario.

    May 25, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    Actually I believe this should happen now. The blood letting needs to stop now. In my 36 years of voting, I have never witnessed such an distasteful nomination process. I though I had seen it all 8 years ago, this year a higher level of pure silly politics has emerged. No one is entitled to this election, it is a process of earning the respect and admiration of the voting public that gains access to that privilage. It is also your message, the presentation of your position, the manner in which you sell yourself to us the voting public that gains you the nomination. No one is entitled or owed this privilage of service.

    May 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. bruno nana

    you Get it right will be over by june 3th.
    but with the Clintons,you never know.let's wait and see.
    I can wait to see the general election.
    Bruno nana
    Mtl Qc

    May 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. The Oracle

    You tell 'em Jimmy!!!!! Muahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. UK

    I think he should give up ...

    May 25, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Terry in Fl

    Ole peanut farmer needs to go back to his nursing home. He was the worse president in the history of the United states and he's got some nerve! This thing is not over till it's over. Why are so many high profile democrats sabatoging our chance to take the White House this year? Obama will NEVER be elected in the general election.

    May 25, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. shayan

    Thanks for endorsing for Obama, after saying will be time for Hillary Clinton to “give it up.” we can count your vote.

    May 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Why are losers like Tom Daschle, John Kerry, Donna Brasile, Jimmy Carter and Bill Richardson, so many having either lost their own bids to become President or who have failed the Democratic Party big time in the past, even allowed to be superdelegates?

    Has anyone else noticed that so many of the so-called leaders of the Democratic Party who are supporting Obama are either losers or opportunists (that's right, I'm looking at you, Judas... er, Richardson)?



    May 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. kani


    OBAMA 08/12

    May 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Jena, Texas

    Honestly, I wonder what Bill Clinton is hoping for? It is because of him that all these superdelegates are keeping mum. He is a statesman but this Hillary's ambition is dragging him to the dust. He should see the handwriting on the wall and call her to order before they finally lose all their reputation.

    Her argument of being in a better position to defeat McCain does not hold water. By last year, she was in the better position to take this nomination but now we have seen how it went. If Obama could beat Clinton despite all her institutional support, then I can't see why he won't beat McCain with all the democrats pulling resources together.

    Enough of this hide and seek. I voted for Hillary but it is not always that one has everything one's way.
    Democrats! A stitch in time saves nine!

    May 25, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. martin

    that's not soon enough ,for me.

    May 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Spider

    Let's see.....Kennedy has suggested she give it up. The man who forced a nasty battle on the convention floor for his failed attempt at a nomination. Jimmy Carter now suggests it. Probably the worst President the Democratic party has ever elected. Just amazes me at the people who are pushing for Hillary to bail out. Stay in there Hillary!! Anything could happen. Some of these superdelegates may regain consciousness from their delirium before we make the biggest mistake the Democrats have ever made.

    No Obomination in the White House.
    Write in Hillary Clinton.

    May 25, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  23. Dave


    May 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Ardnuas

    President Carter...... If YOU will endorse Obama today, MAYBE the other superdelegates will get in line and this race will be over on June 3rd..... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |

    I love President Carter. Keep on telling it like it is! That is the way to defeat those who would spin us to death.

    OBAMA '08, '12

    May 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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