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= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/21/art.carter.gi.jpg 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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  1. Rob R

    Carter should have come out and declared his support for Obama then and there. It is obvious that is what he is going to do anyway. Any of these superdelegates who are seeking a swift resolution need to declare already. Everyone knows its going to go to Obama. Even Bill and Hillary know that. Hillary is only staying in till the end to position herself to get on the ticket, essentially holding Obama hostage. I don't think Obama should select her, but he's going to have to deal with her in some fashion to get her to give him his full support. I think a Cabinet position would be the best solution for Clinton.

    May 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. Extinct

    The Peanut has spoken. Let the Truth be fulfilled. Hillary is out. Obama for President.

    May 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Ed

    Even a half senile old fart like Jimmy Carter can see it is over for the wind bag! She definitely has a hard time with reality! I wonder what
    it is like living in a fantasy world...sniper fire and all the right wing conspiracies....this lady is truly delusional. This would explain why
    she and Bill have such a hard time with the TRUTH!

    May 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Toyin,Austria

    People, pls don't tell this woman to go. Let her stay and continue to mess herself up. She dosen't want to believe she is a loser. Let her declear herself as the nominee and start the campaign for the election. she has no sense atall. I'm sick and tired of her. Go Hillary, continue to mock ur entire families, but Remember, BARACK OBAMA WILL NOT DIE, BUT LIVE TO DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING. HEAR THIS: OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT 2008/2012.

    May 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. APS in Hawaii

    So much for every voter should vote. Duh!!! The elitists are trying to determine the outcome before everyone votes. Problem is that Obama has really looked bad since March. This is why this is the party of hypocrites, every vote counts only if they are for Obama. Guess we now officially know how Carter is going to vote. So sad that the elitists cannot figure out that they are losing the very support they will need in November by the way they have acted since March. Well, if Obama is the nominee, I will never vote for him. Guess McCain will get my vote if Obama is the nominee.

    May 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. cliff

    Hillary Clinton is an embarrasement to the Democratic Party and to the U.S.A. She is a self-centered person with not the slightest interest in doing anything but satisfying her own ego. She has made so many horrible statements that she is not worthy of being President – now or ever!

    May 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Kathy

    My question to the “under 30 generation” who for the first time in their lives have “found their voice”… in Obama…..where have you been? Why have you not exercised not only your right to vote, but your sense of patriotism? You place your faith in a man who has not been tested, who does not have a record of accomplishment, short resume’ and little experience in international nor economic matters. For shame!
    Life to you folks seems quite simple. How rarely have you yourselves been tested, faced adversity, struggled? I suppose in your minds and eyes, Obama offers a sense of entitlement. You cannot see past his rhetoric to see there is little substance. You buy into his chant of “change..yes we can” with little thought as to the complexities involved in bringing about the type of change he preaches about. To you folks, he is the coming of the messiah, here to save us from ourselves. It is him himself who believes that he is entitled. He may in fact be anointed the nominee and you like him will think nothing can stop you. The simple and relevant truth is……. One can fool some of the people some of the time…but not all the people…. all the time.
    McCain may not represent the party for whom I relate to, however, I respect his honor, integrity and sacrifice to our country …. And I will place my hope for change in him. He has earned my respect.
    For our countries sake and that of our future….thank god there are more of us than you and we will not allow this fantasy to continue past Nov.

    May 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Darcy

    As Bill Clinton said in Montana, All super delegates can flip.

    Those who are going to flip, please do it now before the convention. I can think of nothing more devastating than having my candidate put down on the floor of the convention in August.

    I am sure McCain cannot crush my hope as quickly as a turnover at the convention could do. My heart aches for this process to come to a close.

    May 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. No.Cal for Obama

    I blame the SD's for all of this. When they lose in November they will have no one to blame but themselves. End of story. They allowed the Clinton's to create all this division. Now suffer. Please HRC we don't want you here in California. Just go away!

    May 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. jim

    Jimmy Carter if you want to keep some of your respect for yourself stop all this nonsense and keep quite. can't believe an ex-president can talk like this! You can't tolerate a woman coming up the ladder what did your presidency teach – nothing. go burrow your head in the ground and never raise it until clinton wins!

    May 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. fojohnson

    Hillary supporters beleive what ever she says. She keeps her supporter that she has popular vote. This is not true. She keeps talking about popular vote including Florida and Michigan. If she is true to herself and the party she knows very well that these two state were told that if they move their primary they will be penalized for it. At that Hillary was ahead in the super delegate and was deem eventual candidate. She never said at that time that no their vote should count, instead she agree with the DNC's ruling. Now that she is seeing her dream slip away she wants the votes to count. How about she being honest to herself and say I know I want to win but some how I made my own bed let me lay on it. Also when she was ahead with the delegate count she popular votes did not count but the super delegate vote. She is dancing all over from with new ideas which she was against before. I hop Hillary's supporter will go back when the campaign stated and so some research on all what she said about popular vote and super delegate at that time. by doing so they will know that Hillary want these votes to achieve her dream of becoming president. My question is if she want Florida and Michigan vote to count why did she not say no to the DNC at that time? Why does she to make her argue her case to the super delegate. The super delegate of course

    May 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Shut Up Carter!!!!

    I think this man needs to remember his bad term as president and how he messed up!!! He needs to shut up!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. DEMOCRATS UNITE

    I agree why stay in after June 3rd,taking this to the convention will only make things worse. It is time to try and heal the party before the GE. Hillary and her supporters are either with us are against us now. Time to look to the future for the GE. Please we can beat McSame if we unite. The main goal should be elect a democratic right? NO MORE REPUBLICANS !!!!!!

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. nickbirke

    carter is a genius- she needs to give it up

    May 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Don Judson

    President Carter "the father of modern radical Islam"? Actually during his presidency in 1979 we supported the Muslims in their attempts to expel the Russians from Afganistan. It was only after the right wing's darling Ronald Reagan took office that we turned our back on these victorious people, angering them and their leader Osama Bin Laden and giving rise to 9/11. Read your history you moron!

    As to Senator Obama's alleged Chicago activities, have you learned nothing from the Swift Boat attacks in 2004? Why do you continue to gullibly swallow every piece of crap thrown out by the right wing nuts? If the American people are not smart enought to see throught this smoke screen, research the TRUTH, and elect this once in a generation leader we deserve four more years of Bush-lite!

    May 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Harold

    why do you continue run, it's over Hillary it's over, stop dividing the campain.

    May 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Max, New York

    Are you working hand in hand with Keith Olbermann to drive her out of the race? Won't work.. She romps in Puerto Rico to make it 3 blowouts out of the last 4 races. I know you can't see it, but in the end, Obama loses.

    May 25, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Numbers

    Seriously, WHY or HOW is the Obama champaign 'deceitful'?

    People have yet to give me a firm stance on that other than emotional injector or citing something that his champaign has done that the Clinton one has done as well, if not more often, and with greater intensity.

    And to those who will vote for McCain over Obama, DO you not think his administration will NOT be deceitful?

    This personal grudge you all need to get over. I was for HRC at first, then I listened to Obama's proposals, and his explanation of how he wanted to govern, and how he wanted to open up Washington, so we could see whats in there and have the ability to do our part, keep and eye on them! That is what I am for.

    So if thats deceit, Ill take it.

    May 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    THIS MAN IS A WACK JOB!!!!

    DOES HE THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE HE HAS DECIDED TO BACK OBAMA THAT HILLARY WILL PULL OUT?

    SHE IS STILL WINNING STATES BIG!

    5 OUT OF THE LAST SEVEN AT LARGE MARGINS!!!!

    OBAMA HAS A LOT OF NERVE COMING TO FLORIDA AFTER BLOCKING OUR VOTES!!!!

    STAY IN HILLARY WE ARE DOOMED WITHOUT YOU!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. R.R

    Yes, hilary: we need aliar to be our president. You have to be that person! Stay in, we are behind you. We don't need a clever intelligent man like Barack Obama. We need some one that can escape from snipers in Bosnia, some one with a strong experience, that could not manage her campaign, some one in dept, afetr running a very negative campaign: Yes for hilary!!!!
    Bouuuuh!

    May 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Extinct

    Peanut Spoken. Truth Fulfilled. Hillary Out. Obama President.

    May 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Mary K

    Hillary has nothing to run on but hate. She was 30 points ahead of Obama just six months ago, and started with a 100 vote lead among super-delegates, simply because no one even knew Obama. The fact that with such an amazing head start she is now so far behind signifies just how unelectable she is. The Clintons are either crazy or just perverse to try to undermine Obama at this point in time.

    May 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. fred

    Michigan Voter !!! May 25th, 2008 1:15 pm ET

    Hillary Take it All The way To The Convention . We Are Behind You .
    Obama , Like his Campaign Are Sinster , And Under Handed !!! . They Can't Be Trusted !!! . America Needs A Strong Pro – American President !!!

    HILLARY Or , John McCain 2008
    ==========================

    I am with you and MILLIONS of others...all the way to the convention HIllary!!

    May 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. no name

    I just don't understand people in this country of ours. Do you want to sell our country down the drain and you will if you vote for OBAMA.
    It is as plain as the nose on your face that this man is not experienced enough and his back ground with the Rev. also should tell you what kind of person he is.
    He is now saying Hillay is creating trouble, I think he is afraid of his background coming out for everyone to know, and it is putting a knot in his shorts.
    I have seen too much in my life time where you have black mayors and others and the cities are nothing but corruption and crime havens.
    This country is bad enough now without more problems.

    May 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Zhen

    I am a Chinese living in USA legally, there are something I would like to say to all American: Please take your vote seriously, it’s a privilege to have the right to vote for your president, or the leader of the world. Your vote will shape America or the world for four years if not longer, so your right also comes with responsibility.
    Please remember this is not about Hilary or Obama, they will be just fine if they were not elected. Hilary has $109M so far, she will be just as comfortable as we all can imagine, so will be Obama.
    Then how about us, our ordinary people on the planet, our own children, our own levies, please do think it over before you vow to vote for McCain if your candidate were not on the ballet.

    May 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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