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. Jane

    The Democratic Party is enabling hillary's fuzzy math and allowing her to spit out poison and lies... I am disqusted with the DNC. They should have ended this a month ago...
    Obama will win presidency but no thanks to will be because of his organizational skills and abilities....

    May 25, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Janice, FL

    She needs to drop out, and stop pretending that she cares, about FL and Michigan, because when she was winning she never cared about those states. She is soo fake. Whatever Hillary..

    May 25, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Rich

    "Once again – ANOTHER OLD MALE PARTY LEADER – telling the woman what to do!!!"

    Elloise, I wondered how many comments would go by before this empty argument would be used. Just because he's a male and she's a female does NOT mean that this is sexist. This is REALITY.

    May 25, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Von Bismark VIENNA

    Hillary is not bowing out,NOT UNTIL OBAMA GET SHOT.


    May 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Liz

    Who cares about what Carter thinks? He doesn't know anything. I just remember living in California during his presidency. I remember him telling the residents of Californian that they should walk to work instead of drive(there ware gas lines at the time). How can you walk 60 miles round trip a day? What an idiot. That is the reason why Ronald Reagan won by a landside, he was and sounds like he still is an idiot! Remeber the US hostages in Iran? They were freed the day Reagan was President. Carter couldn't get them out!

    May 25, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Harvey in Va

    who is carter to tell clinton in June its time to give it up. If she wants to take it all the way to convention so be it. It is so obvious carter is for Obama...If not Hillary then McCain period

    May 25, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Democrat AGAINST Obama

    Hillary needs to keep on trucking to the convention.

    Having her as the nominee is the only way I will be able to vote Democrat in November. I promise to vote McCain or stay home if Obama is the nominee. I have felt this way since January...its not going away!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!


    May 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Wendy

    Why after June 3? She is going to loose anyway. Why not now to unify instead of damaging the party????? Selfish, personal ambition will not record Clintons as one of the best leaders in American history. It's a shame and pity to all Americans.

    May 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. lizzie

    I am still stunned by your negotiations with Hamas, and the worst part, your misprepresentation of the CONTENT and RESULTS of those talks. You are losing it, Mr. Carter.

    May 25, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Lisa

    For the Michigan iidiot who wrote in. Please!!! Where have youbeen?
    It's all but over for Hillary. No the superdelegates are not holding out because they don't want to endorse Obama. Clearly, they are trying to allow Hillary and Bill to go away peaceful and not make them look bad. The both of them have done a superb job at that themselves. I am really surprissed how this has turned out. I would have never imagined the Clinton's to be so .......terrible. I guess you see it all when you pay attention. I think Hillary has done well, but she is not going anywhere from here...Go away!!!

    May 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Karen

    I consider Mr. carter a very intelligent man and have always had the highest respect for him and his opinions. His finger is always correctly on the pulse of America. To Eloise who is trying to make him sound like asexist, you are far out in left field. he is and always has been an advocate for Women's Rights. As a matter of fact he and his wife Rosalynn opened the doors for First ladies to be more than just the president's wife. He did something never done in history before by having his wife sit in on cabinet meetings. I am afeminist and will always be a feminist, but I am not going to base my vote on either race or sex. I am voting for Obama because i like his message of change. Another young senator many years ago gave the people of this country hope also his name was John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

    May 25, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Vote McCain? Then step up.

    These are the risks that American soldiers have faced everyday for over five years now, and under President McCain, they will face them for at least four more years.
    That's an incredible sacrifice to be made because some Clinton supporters decided to oppose Obama on issues wholly irrelevant to actual policy. That being the case, I just have to ask:
    If you refuse to vote for Obama, why are you asking others to sacrifice for your decision?
    If you're going to help McCain get elected, you need to take responsibility for your actions.
    This election is bigger than you. It's bigger than Barack Obama. It's bigger than Hillary Clinton. Lives will be saved or lost depending on who is elected in November, and if you're going to willfully help prolong the war, it's time to do the honorable thing and enlist.
    Locate a U.S. Army recruiter in your area:
    Don't worry, you'll still be able to get election results from Baghdad, and you'll still be able to "sit this one out" under the comfort of a mortar attack.
    And yes, I'm sure hearing about an Obama defeat will seem all the more sweet when you're laying in the choking aftermath of an IED explosion with a piece of half-melted plastic burning a hole into your intestines.
    I'm sure you'll be comforted by the knowledge that history had no place for President Obama when you're staring at the empty space where your leg used to be.
    And certainly, I'm sure the crippling terror of post-traumatic stress disorder will be nowhere as severe as the disingenuous "concern" you'll suffer over debunked Rezko conspiracy theories and the excited ramblings of a liberation theologian.
    Of course, those already serving will not get the same perverse comfort from their sacrifice, so there's no excuse for not taking on this burden yourself.
    If you truly believe that Obama should not be president, if you truly believe there is no greater pain than seeing a primary opponent win the general election, then this sacrifice can only be considered a modest price for your convictions.

    May 25, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Lissa in Montreal

    Why not just endorse Barack Obama directly, instead of surreptitiously (the not-so-secret secret) and add his voice to the superdelegates? Maybe that will help the rest of the fence-sitters to come out (once and for all, people!) and ENDORSE the right nominee so Clinton will have no choice but to rally the troops in time for the convention? The superdelegates – Carter one of them – hold all the cards and the writing's already on the wall.

    May 25, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. bigben

    Jimmy Carter , worst prez in usa history, sit down and know your role.

    May 25, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. MD

    Yes, she should give up. Like Carter did during the Iranian hostage crises. Like Carter has done with Hamas. Yes, she should copy Mr. Jimmy into history.

    May 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  16. Abina

    Good move Mr. Carter. Your always say the true to people that get lost.

    May 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. Buddy

    Hillary is your only chance to win the White House. Good bye Hillary Hello John.

    May 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  18. White middle aged woman for Obama

    This guy wants the power sooooo bad ! . We know what he'll be doing if she gets the Whitehouse (never gonna happen), look out interns Billy boy is back !

    May 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. R. Brown

    Thank you President Carter for your honesty.

    May 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. papu

    Well spoken Mr. Carter

    May 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. Wanda, San Diego

    Dear Jimmy-

    She'll drop out, but only out of the Democratic Party race. Watch for her under the "Independent" banner.

    Read it and weep. No way for Obama to win with her as an Independent. Too bad Jimmy.

    May 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. Willis, Texas



    May 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. Sandy

    Wow!!I am so surprised, everyone says give up. Lets see, she won all the big states and swing states, West virgina and kentucky. She is killing obama in puerto rico, and she will take Montana!!But give up?? If these others are seated, quess who looses???Obama will never ever will the general election, count on it folks! Never!!! Go Hilary who is the fighter here?????

    May 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. DCtrain

    President Carter is a true statesman.

    It is good to know that the super delegates have the heads on straight and are going to work together with the Clinton machine to ensure that she can exit gracefully. The supers are being gracious and allowing her to run through to June 3rd. It all depends on Hillary now, whether it will be a gracious exit or a fiasco.

    May 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Ogonna Ajiba

    clinton should drop out.her staying in the race will cause more harm and division within the democratic party.

    port-harcourt, Nigeria

    May 25, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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