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. gobama

    Hillary is an evil who waits for her competitor to get shot. she has no capacity to become our president. I can't imagine who would want such a devilish woman to run the country.

    May 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. GB

    The people who are hurting the democratic party are the foul mouthed Obama supporters. Carter didn't know anything when he was president and still doesn't.

    May 25, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Yeppers

    I'm not a big fan of Jimmy Carter's, so I have to swallow hard before saying this....

    .... but on this issue, he is correct.

    May 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. John Smith

    President Carter has the "guts" that most superDs and Hillary supporters lack: that sense of loyalty to "party." Rather, Hillary and co-sponsors are interested in their personal agendas, such as (a) gender issues, (b) racism, (c) up-keeping the dynasty and so on.

    This woman, Hillary, has given this 50 year-old man a lot to think about "some" (I mean, some) women who are driven by power and revenge!

    I have and will continue to respect women, not this one- Hillary.

    May 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  5. jose

    To Ms. Redhead, let me get this straight you are not going to vote for Obama if he is the democratic nominee because your a Clinton supporter. How ridiculous and shortsighted.

    May 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. patwal

    @Lynda "Let voters make their choices based on the merits of each candidate, not based on others' endorsements and opinions."

    So what about the 100 or so superdelegates who endorsed Hillary before a single primary vote was cast?

    May 25, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. Karen

    Hillary: Please give it up now and keep your good name and political career. You are starting to look too much like a women scorned and not much like a political champaigner. Possibly you could still get the VP spot if you just get out and keep your mouth shut. You keep putting your foot in it and makes you look like a typical "women" and the "leader of the pack".

    May 25, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. Pinto

    President Jimmy Carter is a respectable man, who speaks the truth, even when the truth is bitter and painful. He has stood up for justice and truth even in the face of the most uncomfortable opposition. Many of us hate those, who say the truth and speak out for justice. President Carter should not endorse anyone as a former president until the nomination is over. That 's a presidential behavior, the type Bubba ought to emulate.

    May 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Josh

    There is just no point in talking about Mrs. Clinton, she is beyond reason- she will find any reason to keep going. Playing the race or gender card may convince those who can not grasp the fundemental flaws of their character.

    Truth is that by rules of the party that Mrs. Clinton had agreed to-she has lost-fair and square. She should stand down now and gracefully otherwise the SD will have to shut her up-forever.

    Both the Clintons feel betrayed by the Democratic party. However, they are themselves to blame for the mess she is in. The longer she stays more she damages the Democratic party. Perhaps thats the only goal the Clintons have set for themselves now! Her looks are as tortured as her logic- what a sad story! What a pathetic character!

    May 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |


    You have said enough against democracy... now please go back to your peanut farm...
    k thx

    May 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  11. toolfool

    The idea that Hillary is somehow ahead in the popular vote is ridiculous. Even if she were allowed to add Florida and Michigan, Obama would still have more votes. He wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan and didn't campaign in either state. This is just smoke created by the last throes of a desperate campaign, struggling to stay afloat. Put a fork in her, she's done.

    May 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. Laura

    I think Senator Clinton should remain in the race until someone reaches 2025, If she was a man, there wouldn't be such a push for her to leave. This only proves how strong she is–standing up against the media and those in the DNC who have already decided who they want to be the nominee. I am very disappointed in my party's decision to push through the weaker of the two candidates. I am bracing myself for 4 more years of a republican whitehouse.

    May 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. Willy

    She should stay in. The country needs to see her burn to the ground.

    May 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. energy

    Democrats have conspired against the Clintons because of jeaslosy–but the American people will conspire against the DEMOEONCRATS, come November. Dean+Pelosi+Carter+Ted Kennedy= Liberal=McCain Wins

    May 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. BV

    A couple of you are saying that Obama is sinster, underhanded, and deceitful. Could you please explain? I think that comments like this need to be challenged. Do you even know the true meaning of these words, because if you do I can't for the life of me recall anything that Obama has done that qualifies. I would rather bet that when called on it you can't either.

    May 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. Ron

    If you believe for a minute that these aren't republicans on here posing as dems, you're a fool. Notice how many people say they'd vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nomination – these are not true democrats......wake up people......republicans run a slimy campaign and have stirred up message boards in past campaigns too by posing as democrats in a concerted effort.

    May 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  17. Patrick King

    I can't wait for Jimmy Carter's endorsement of Obama. I'm wondering why he is afraid of announcing it. I seriously believe that the Obama camp has strapped a bomb beneath his suit to prevent him from announcing his endorsement. Carter is the weakest President in a generation, and has earned more respect when he is not the President than when he was. It's alright for him to be a Nobel Peace Prize winner, but Americans do not want to remember Carter was once upon a time their President. Come on, Mr. Carter, come on out, say you are endorsing the Obama. Please please please.

    May 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  18. Jose A Torres

    The only reason Hillary Clinto is still running is so that she could help Obama not get elected in the General Election. Then she will run for NY Governor, 2010, and enter the Presidential race two years later and add to her credentials the governorship.

    I have no respect for her. She is arrogant with a huge ego. That is the real her. She claims to be doing this for voters and she must have a low opinion of people's intelligence. She is doing this only for Hillary because she thinks she has the right, being a Clinton.

    She should go back to Little Rock.

    May 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. Shane


    May 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Keith!

    Hillary is a sore loser. >.>

    May 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Jeffrey, CO

    Hillary should count my caucus state vote if she wants my respect. Stop saying everyone should be heard while at the same time denying the people who voted in caucus states. Just because Obama dominated you in Colorado does not mean that my state shouldn't count.

    May 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Amy in Woodstock, NY

    I was once a Hillary supporter, but Carter has it partially right. She actually should have given it up after Texas.

    May 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Charles

    The Democratic Primary/Caucus season is the process by which members of the Democratic Party select their nominee. In some states, the party has chosen to open the process up to anyone, in others, only members of the Democratic Party.

    The Party establishment are those folks who hold office or have helped organize the party in districts in states. Fairly simple idea: members select who represents them.

    People need to read the Rules and Bylaws of the Democratic Party, actually, any political party in the United States. Just might learn something from that rather than getting knowledge from a particular candidate who has all sorts of reasons for distorting the picture of the process.......

    May 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Jimmy do the Right Thing

    Mr. Carter should know what states it is going to take to win this election. He should know which states will be red in the fall. He should be doing his homework rather than pinning this election on the hopes and dreams of a one term senator . He should be looking up his record in Il. He KNOWS that hoping and dreaming will not cut it in Washington when we are so torn up on every issue.

    May 25, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. DrMan

    Why do we continue to give this man a forum?? He was a lousy president and as far as a statesman, look what he accomplished with Hamas; nothing.

    May 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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