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. Tony

    Let’s say for hypothetical reasons, Hillary was given all of Florida and Michigan delegates. Now lets do some simple math that any one can understand. As it stands now at this moment in time, Obama has 1969 delegates and Clinton has 1779 delegates. Even if you gave her all of both Fl & MI delegates she would still be behind him by 5 delegates. With this math, I truly believe she can’t win! However if it is gods will, a miracle can still happen.

    May 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Marco De Lillis

    I am a Canadian and I have been watching the election coverage since it began. I have to say that the Superdelegates already know who they're endorsing. They should just vote now and end this nonsense for the party. As the Democrats stand, they have an advantage over the Republicans and John Mccain. He's lost some staff lately and is in the midst of controversy with Pastor Hagee. Obama has raised more money than either John Mccain and Hillary Rodham Clinton. If they wrap up the nomination before the end of the primary season, then all democrats will have time to rally behind Senator Obama and increase the party's chances of winning the presidency in November. On May 31st, if the delegates from Florida and Michigan are split evenly then Obama will definitely be the nominee, so either way Hillary loses. I also believe that Clinton does not deserve the Vice-Presidency. Seems like she's hoping for Obama to offer her the VP spot before she bows out. If that's the case then she does not deserve it. She is just trying to stall the inevitable. Senator Clinton with all due respect, you fought a great race and empowered young girls to strive for excellence. Please end this now and support your Democratic Nominee Senator Barack Obama.

    Thank You

    May 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    Elizabeth of NC...you make the most intelligent and realistic point of anyone in this posting. The only states that have not voted are Montana and South Dakota. All the undeclared superdelegates have already voted as ordinary citizens in their respective states.

    So what is the hold up? The only legitimate reason for any undeclared superdelegate to vote for Hillary at this point is that she either won their congressional district or won their state. In all other categories she has lost!

    The undeclared superdelegates have allowed this negative and destructive campaigning by the Clintons to continue.

    May 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Gene

    I think Hilary Clinton is still in this race because of pride.....perhaps there is a more reasonable explanation. perhaps if the media should take the cameras off her so she can sneak out quietly or pretend to be sick......that way no one would mock her for finally leaving.
    personally i think she is a big shame to the democratic party.
    cheers

    May 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Ilona Proud Canadian

    To all Barack Supporters,

    Please stop with all the name calling. I know that you are all really angry about the the way Hillary has run her campaign. Heaven knows that you have every to be angry, when you consider the myriad of disgusting remarks and other shenanigans that Hillary has been throwing at Barack. But please, for Barack's sake stop with the name calling, Barack and his campaigners are trying their utmost to run a positive campaign, so please let us all take a page out of his book and learn from him. We can still get our grievances, opinions, and feelings across, in the positive way that Barack does.

    Let Hillary's supporters throw all of the slimy mudballs, that they are so good at doing, but let us be the supporters with a sense of decency. Barack supporters, there are so many people around the world who are pulling for you. Just keep posting good things about Barack. People keep asking what Barack has done for your Country, well let us all tell it as it is.

    My good deed:

    Barack was responsible for getting veterans good health care.

    This is one of the reasons the Veterans are pulling for him.

    May 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. J Lee

    Help me out here: Can someone explain how is it that HRC has the popular vote? Or is everyone just taking her word for it? As if she doesnt have a vested interest in fibbing about it.

    Obama has won fair and square. Just let the man do his job.

    May 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Smart

    I see a situation Hillary is booed America-wide the day she finally gives it up. It will be a much wider boo if Obama nominates a capable woman against her as VP.

    I read recently how quickly Bill Clinton's opponents conceded to him in the past. How or why they feel they can reverse the Math, I can't explain more than I can explain the Bermuda triangle, beats me. They are now acting some script "spoilers"

    May 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    THE UNITED STATES NEEDS A HERO!

    THAT IS HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Democrat

    Carter and the rest of the Good Ole Boys can bully Hillary all they want. She's tougher than they'll ever be and she will still emerge as the nominee. In the end, she'll have the popular vote and if the democrats think they can steal the election from the popular vote leader who happens to be the first real female candidate for president then they have another thing coming.

    If Obama steals the nomination he'll lose miserably to McCain in November because I (28 year old male) will vote republican for the first time if Hillary is not on the top of the ticket. It's not out of spite (well, maybe a little), but it's mostly because I will not vote for someone with no experience and no real ideas (of his own). Without Hillary, Obama would have been lost in the debates. No wonder he ran from future debates. I bet debates with McCain are called off too. And he claims that he'll meat with oppressing dictators during his first year! Ha! He'll be too chicken to do it then too if he's too chicken to debate Hillary.

    May 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  10. Jane

    WE NEED SOMEON WITH BACK BONE AND SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON HAS SHOWN THAT SHE HAS THIS IN ALL SITUATION! ! !GO ON SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON. WE ARE THERE FOR YOU. HILLARY FOR 2008!

    May 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. It's all the same really

    I can't see what all the fuss has been about. There is no meaningful diferance between the democratic candidates, Hillary has resorted to republican-like tactics, but who cares? They're both backed by the same, rich people. Obama has, for all intents and purposes, won though.
    It hardly matters in the end, democrat or republican, they all side with corporate America.
    Why not consider a green party?

    May 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. JS

    Jimmy Carter? Oh... the little peanut farmer from GA who pushed interests rates to nearly 20%, ignored the Cold War, and allowed gas prices to spike without any reaction. Now his opinion is really valuable considering the country no longer suffers from a recession, a war, or high oil prices. Give me a break... stick to Sunday school lessons. I am a Republican but Hillary has impressed me greatly for insisting that the Democrats fully unite themselves rather than let Mr. Rookie walk away with a sealed nomination. He is such an easy candidate to beat. Especially, if they ban the words "hope" and "change" from the Presidential debate.

    May 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. PA_Hill-fan

    This is another reason why Hillary Clinton will win in November in the General Election as the President of the United States of America!
    PRINCETON, NJ - Gallup Poll Daily tracking from May 20-24 finds Hillary Clinton maintaining a significant 49% to 44% lead over John McCain when registered voters are asked about their preferences for the fall general election, while McCain has a slight 47% to 45% advantage over Barack Obama.

    May 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. GAELLIS

    I respect President Carter and have very fond memories of his mother when he was in the Whitehouse. Hillary is a lot like his mother. A fighter! I do not agree with him because the DNC has sat back and watched the total manipulation, divisiveness and hatred that targeted over half of the party base. WOMEN!! Some of them have even participated in this behavior. I am not a Republican, however I do not believe for one minute that Republicans would have allowed the media to treat a Republican, male or female in the manner that they have treated Senator Clinton. The Republicans, together, in unison would have stood on the floor of the United States Senate and House of Representatives protesting loudly, clearly and in unison. (Thanks a lot Dems!) DNC, is this how you treat a female candidate in the Party? We have daughters watching and listening!!! Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton have never waivered in their love for the Democratic Party. Why have you sat back and allowed this to happen??

    As a registered Democrat and a mother of 2 daughters, I will not legitimize this treatment of Senator Clinton by voting for your golden boy, Barack Obama. The DNC leadership during this campaign is a joke and should be ashamed of yourselves. You should all get a spine and a little backbone!!

    By the way, I am a 61 year old African American and will proudly continue to support Hillary Rodham Clinton in her fight for President of the United States of America. COUNT THE VOTES!!!!

    May 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Now an Independent

    Why don't YOU "give it up," Mr. Carter, as in "give up trying to push
    Hillary out of the race."

    Go back to building houses and let Hillary run her campaign.

    May 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. carrie sean

    hillary doesnt listen to anyone
    she claims to care abt the americans,thats a big laff
    i just wish she ould go away and never come back
    i had never liked her ,but had alot of respect for bill
    but bill has lost all respect to me,with his silly comments
    i went shoppign today and i got a blue dress

    May 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Indra in FL

    Yes, Hillary, drop already.

    Interesting that in her crusade to "make every vote count" (by fighting to seat MI and FL delegates), Clinton also claims to be ahead in popular votes, a count only possible if they include FL and MI and also do NOT include caucus votes. So which is it, Hillary.. .does every vote count or not?

    May 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Sara

    as a woman I am soooo upset about all this!

    May 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. Jim, Texas

    All the anger and support by Sen. Clinton’s supporters here are exactly the reason why she should get out and help unify the Democratic Party. The comments by her supporters prove that her vicious ways are working. Instead of campaigning on issues and merits, she is stirring up emotions of hatred and sympathy among her supporters.

    In any other democratic system with disciplined party organizations, like Great Britain Canada and the European countries, Sen. Clinton would have been at least suspended from the party for instigating hatred and divisions among party faithfuls.

    Anybody with common sense can see through her ill-advised statements that she does not have even the minimum emotional stability to become the President of this great country. The comments by her supporters are proving again and again that most of her support comes from un-educated Americans, as testified numerous times by all the opportunistic new people. And she is cleverly using them to stir up divisions and hatred within the party.

    Like many others, I was ready and willing to support a woman candidate for president, but this woman.

    May 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. FB-CA

    Just a little reminder for everyone, Hillary Clinton cannot manage her small campain debt and staff ,how she can manage a big country .
    she cannot write the check from her $100 million dollar income to save country.
    I have great respect for former president and peace maker for all around the world. We have to accept he knows better than all of us, time for Hillary Clinton to step down and let Obama focus on November instead of helping Republicans.

    May 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. lance/texas

    Carter is right. for once.

    May 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Will

    Carter is not really 'uncommited". He has commited to voting for the candidate who has the delegate lead at the end of the primaries.

    May 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. carrie sean

    you clinton supporters are so rude.
    please remember that he is a former president and should be addressed with respect.
    he is the only us president that ever came close to aestablishing peace in the middle east
    so please curb ur rude,lying tongues
    if he was backing hillary,you wouldnt saty all this rubbish ur saying
    please,respect him
    he is at a place where all of you,including hillary will never be

    May 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    It makes no since to me why Clinton remains, the math and the vote is clear that she lost. I was a die hard Clinton supporter until they began a negative campaign that indicated what they really are all about and that is themselves. Obama continues to speak on the issues and I have never heard him say anything bad about her, Clinton however, continues to flip-flop on which state is most important to this election, only one type of voter is important (the white blue color worker) and if that’s not racist, I don’t know what is. What about the Spanish, Black, and all the other blue color workers? She agreed to the rules put in place by the DNC but now wants to change them only because she has lost. Like I said once before, I would not feel safe with her answering the phone at 3 AM.

    May 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. R

    I'm tired of people blaming Hillary for staying in the race. She's staying until the superdelegates make up their mind. How come there isn't more pressure on the superdelegates to make up their mind. If Carter wanted her so much out of the race he would have made his decision a long time ago

    May 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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