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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soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. Dinand

    It's ubelievable how the media is turning things around from the start it was very clear what clinton ment when she made the kennedy remark. The media blew this way out of proportion like they did this whole primary season. I do not believe hillary should quit after 3 june because all the delegates should be seated. time and time again cnn and all the media focus on the sentence that obama wasn't even on the ticket. He was on the ticket in florida and hillary won. Look at the state what would be the outcome now if you look at the make-up of the state (education, gender, etc) who would win in those states.

    May 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Donna

    With all due respect President Carter, your take on this primary and Hillary Clinton do not reflect a significant number of American voters...those of us who are NOT democrats or republicans. Hillary speaks to us and it would be ashame if she was not the democratic nominee. You of all people understand the dynamics of the White House and how important it is to get experience in the Oval Office; someone who knows how to speak the language. Regardless of the argument of "change" and "new voice," the day after the November election it will be politics as usual, and it would bring me (and millions of others like me) great comfort to have Hillary's intelligence, work ethic and experience working for our once awesome country.
    She has devoted her entire life-ENTIRE LIFE-to bringing about change, giving all people (children, elderly, blacks, whites, rich, poor, corporate and small business America) a voice and inciting a vision of one America for all-Americans.

    May 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Wynsor

    Prior to FL or MI elections, Hillary agreed that if they held elections earlier they would not count. After the elections, when it became clear Hillary and her advisers had seriously misjudged the '08 nomination process, she cries, "Foul" because FL and MI delegates were not being counted. Very. Poor. Sportship. The only person consistently whining about Hillary being pushed out is Hillary herself. Name them, Hillary.

    May 25, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Don

    Birds of a feather appease together.

    May 25, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Noclinton

    MS Redhead, john williams, Elloise, Gaylon Barrow, Kevin, Clinton/McCain, and Michigan Voter, be quiet and go away please. The nomination process is over, and has been for several weeks. The voters have spoken, and nobody wants your tired, used up, manipulative, double-talking, hypocritical candidate anymore. The only reason she's still in this race is her own selfishness and overinflated ego (and probably because she's trying to stay in long enough to swindle donors out of enough money to pay off her campaign debt). It's time for her to go.

    President Carter is right, with the exception of one thing. The superdelegates shouldn't wait until June 3 to tell Hillary that it's over, they should tell it to her right now and put her in her place. The race is over. Hillary lost. Get over it, and come join the winning side. Or if you're too proud to do that, then betray your own democratic beliefs and vote for McCain. It won't matter evenif you do, Obama will still win in November.

    May 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Guy

    I'm getting tired of the whole democratic party and may vote for neither. We need a third party.

    May 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Thomas

    rev wright is going to be vice president

    May 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Gina

    Carter-you were too good of a man to be president! I adore you for the work you do in the world, and my grandmother worshipped you!

    I think if you came forward with your endorsement, it would make things tremendously better.
    So spit it out.

    May 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. carrie sean

    hillary has single handedly destroyed the democratic party and also blocked any chance of a woman ruling this country.
    she should really be proud of herself.
    what i dont get is,if she is the most electable,why isnt she winning?
    thank you hillary
    hillary 1900

    May 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. junie, ca

    Thank you Pres. Carter. I wish Bilary had your sense.

    May 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. mya

    'Nuff said.

    May 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. JO

    Carter ... go back to peanut farming and keep your unasked for opinions to yourself ....

    May 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Cann

    President Carter was a very good president for a term. As he becomes an avid Obama supporter, a Hammas supporter, and an Democratic Party supporter over everything else, he only destroys any chance many many Hillary supporters will vote for Obama.

    May 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. What if?

    If anyone feel they have the right to say something such as "I told you so," if Mr. Obama does not win in November for president . I hope you and Clinton will be happy, because to stand behind someone who has lied and cheated to fool voters as yourself, will cause us all to suffer with Bush 3.

    Please by all means vote for him, that's your right to do wrong. I'm sure if a woman would have campaigned against Bill Clinton, and was not winning with voters and superdels votes, Bill, her and his supporters would feel as we do regarding her being unfair. She is trying to sabotage the demo crated nominee for November.

    I promise you we the voters will not forget this drama queen actions if she ever try to campaign for any political win in the future.

    May 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. William

    I think this whole "superdelegate" nonsense needs to end.

    It is time that all citizens vote on the same day in all states and let the popular vote count.

    No more dragging this stuff out. No more ripping the parties apart. No more early states having their votes fought over. No more having candidates keep dragging this country through the mud while the other side laughs.

    Vote and get it over with. Everyone's vote should have an equal weight. I thought that was what this country was based on. I very much resent that the supers could throw this election either way at their whim. That situation needs to end.

    May 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. Bob G.

    President Carter will undoubtedly go down as one of the NICEST presidents we have ever had. However, for those of us who remember his presidency, we can also say that he was undoubtedly the worst president in leading this country (yes worse than Nixon and Dubya). There was no wonder why he lost to Reagan after only one term. Respect him as President, but certainly don't put any validity to his opinions. If Barry wins, I just hope he doesn't turn out like Jimmy!!

    May 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Tye

    Why don't Carter and all the other so called superdelegates end this mess.

    May 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Lynette

    If Senator Clinton loves America as she says she does, she should give her farewell address if she does not have the most delegates in any combination on the morning of June 4, 2008. The Democratic party needs to unite enthusiasticaly behind our nominee whoever she or he will be. It would be very difficult for our naiton to recover from another Republican presidency. We must not bite our noses to spite our faces by voting for McCain in protest. Anger and unforgiveness have ruined many marriages. They will ruin our naiton if we do not repent. We must not let this Democratic presidential campaign end like the movie " The War of the Roses" in which a divorcing husband and wife destroy each other. Let us reconcile our differences.

    We claim to be a Christain nation. It is time that we walk the walk instead of just talking the talk. The people around the world are listening to what we are saying about and to each other; however, they are watching more closely to what we are doing and what we will do to each other. The people around the world want to know if America is full of selfish hypocrites. We must be a shining example to the world. Let the healing begin!

    May 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. AN OHIO VOTER

    President Carter, why should Senator Clinton "give up"?? Would your mother, who you love and respect dearly have given up?? I don't think so!!

    Why should we support Senator Obama?? He is the laziest presidential candidate that I have ever seen. He and his Obamamaniacs stir up controversy and then he goes out to speak to a stadium full of people and whine and complain about what "he" or "she" said about him!! DUH... That's not "campaigning", thats "complaining". He can never win like that. Hillary will fight you until her nose bleeds!! Haven't you figured that out yet. She's a strong, fighting woman and she will STAND UP for what she believes in, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!! She loves this country and it's people, don't ever lose sight of that.

    RISE HILLARY, RISE!!!

    RISE HILLARY, RISE!!!

    RISE HILLARY, RISE!!

    HE'S ABOUT TO PEE HS PANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. sacto joe

    HILLARY CLINTON IS A COLDLY CALCULATING POLITICIAN. Women who support her are blind to this reality. The women's movement will suffer accordingly.

    May 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Poul

    Suppose Hilary get 70 % of popular votes in the three remaining primaries and also 70 % of the today's uncommitted superdelegates, then Hilary will have 1982 delegates and Obama will have 2061 delegates.
    The chance for such lopsided outcome of the primaries seems low, so if the lady in the pant suits does not bow out the evening of June 3 she will look a real fool instead of the graceful loser.

    May 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Michael

    Forget June 3rd, get her out now and start the healing process

    May 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Justice

    SHE SHOULD GIVE UP NOW!!!! SHE SIGNED A PAPER SO THE MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA DON'T SEAT THEIR VOTES, NOW THAT SHE'S LOSING SHE WANTS TO SEAT THEIR VOTES? NOW SHE CARES ABOUT US IN FLORIDA? NOW? AND SHE EVEN WANTS THE MICHIGAN VOTES TO BE SEATED WHEN OBAMA'S NAME WAS NOT EVEN IN THE BALLOT? IS THAT FAIR? THIS WOMEN IS OUT OF CONTROL, PLEASE DO US A FAVOR AND LEAVE!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Justice

    THE ONLY REASON SHE'S STAYING IS TO DIVIDE OUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLAIN AND SIMPLE... ENOUGH WITH THE CHEAP EXCUSES !!

    May 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Mary Sue

    I know the uncommitted SDs want to honor Hillary's wish to finish the race, so they haven't swung to Obama yet. (He needs less than 60 to clinch the nomination).

    Unfortunately, Hillary can do A LOT of damage in that time. I shudder to think how fractured the Party will be by the time Hillary finishes dividing it.

    (Dear moderators. Should I bother posting here anymore? Now my posts completely disappear. They don't even say "awaiting moderation" anymore. If I'm not welcome, please let me know. Thanks.)

    May 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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