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. matt

    if he hasnt made sense to anyone for 30 years.. what makes you think hes making sense now..

    answer is this


    dont listen to this man. just vote clinton.. cause we all know

    a vote for obama is a vote for mccain, because if this man wins the primary me and many other "STUBBURN PSYCHO HILLARY SUPPORTERS "

    are voting for mccain!

    i would take experience and a man thats achieved great things in office over obama any day

    May 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Travis (in the real world)

    The PEANUT MAN has spoken....listen to him...he could be the VP 🙂

    May 25, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Michigan for Obama!

    Come on SUPAS, end this thing!!! That's including YOU President Carter!

    May 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. gary b

    Gaylon Barrow, did you actually read this article or just the headline?

    you really need to read a little before you mouth off. The democratic candidate is chose by delegate counts not popular vote. you can't count by popular vote because of caucuses. if you still don't understand then, well, you're an idiot.

    May 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Honorable Kansas Vet

    If Neither canidate at the close of the day on June 3rd, does not have enough votes to seal the nomination, why should either canidate withdraw. Plus, and understand it straight, just because a delgate to the convention is pledged to a canidate, even with popular vote or caucus, they are not locked and it can go anyway the delgates decide to go.

    May 25, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. S Callahan New York

    I think former President Cater has made lots of sense over the's just now people are seeing what he had to say is significant. He is a man of God..most people initally reject a message from a man of God..but God always has the last word.

    I am still floored over Sen. Clinton's comments, even if made with no ill intent as she explains, .it was implied and that is just unacceptable in our society.
    I think this will also hurt her in NYS when the time comes for her reelection., along with her followers.. This was a really poor choice of words. So sad.

    May 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. Hillary 2 Victory

    Is Carter a terrorist ?

    May 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  8. RichardC

    She needs to get out. She doesnt have the popular vote (a lie perpetuated by her campaign), the delegates or the states. Obama has serious coattails and will turn this nation Blue with all the congressmen and senators he'll help elect. For that reason alone he should be president. The supers ought to see this and do the right thing for the Democratic party.

    I blame the supers for this mess. They have no guts, no spine. Clinton has a death grip on the party and she needs to be cut loose. She'll maintain a fine senate seat for NY.

    May 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Justice

    With all due respect to Carter, he is the one that needs to stop speaking up!

    He had the worst administration in the 20th century, so he does not necessarily know what he's talking about. He should just stick to his Habitat For Humanity charity work.

    May 25, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |

    according to the feedback I've been watching on this website for the last 3 months I think there are about 50 Clinton supporters who say it's Clinton or they will vote for McCain. i can live with those numbers. See you in November.

    Obama – yes we did

    May 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. mobetta

    If Hillary Clinton were a man, as tight as this race is, NO ONE would be insisting she "give it up." She's ahead in the polls, she's ahead in the popular vote...They've ganged up on her from the beginning and can't wait to make it official...UNFRIGGINBELIEVABLE. I have not been this ashamed of my country since the Supreme Court suspended the Florida recount in 2000 and appointed George W Bush President of the United States.

    May 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Jarhead

    Hey-ya'll leave the girl alone–let her "If I don't win, nobody will win" attitude keep her going. John McCain ( no favorite of mine) will have a cake walk. And the Democratic party as we know it will be all over the floor in about 100 pieces...

    May 25, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. JC

    I read Hillary Clinton blog: her supporters blame everyone except Hillary. Hillary supporters are in denial of her 30 million in debt, losing the superdelegate lead, lose in states and caucus, not honoring MI and FL agreement, hard working white vote comments, Bill Clinton and putting her foot in her big mouth. Now go read Obama blogs his supporters are constantly correcting problems.

    May 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. linda from prescott

    Mrs Clinton is going to bring the party down. Please just let the party get on with it.
    I don't know how women voters, especially the ones in my age group 60+ who have been around for years and watched the movement grow can stand behind her anymore. ....she has no credibility.

    Let's move on.

    May 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. mama coo

    Senator Clinton should give up only when one of them reach the delagate count of 2025 or whatever it is now. Until Obama gets the number of delgates the RULES says he has to have to secure the nomination, he hasn't won. He isn't the nominee and Senator Clinton should not just step aside. Obama fans and everyone else urging her to step aside should get a grip and play by the RULES you all keep yelling for Senator Clinton to play by. If Obama is as great as everyone wants us to believe he is why are they urging Senator Clinton to drop out?

    May 25, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. 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 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. Jason, Texas

    isn't it time now????

    May 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. hsl

    Who asked him?

    May 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. frank

    im so feed up with the radical left of the dem party,that will never vote democrate again.

    May 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. Gaby, in TX

    Thank you Pres. Carter, that is a great news for a change.

    May 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Burt

    President Carter,

    Go home and take a break. In recent history, you have managed to aggravate our closest ally in the Middle East. We need a real leader like Hillary at the helm. NO more Iran APPEASEMENT as you have done in 1979. It seems that Barack is getting APPEASEMENT courses at your College.

    The MATH IS NOT THERE FOR OBAMA. The Super Delegates will do their work and back the only electable candidate. This will be HILLARY.


    May 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. We love hillary

    I just love the Hillary supporters, i love them,thank you; have said it,
    McBush or Billlary and it will be McBush.. no matter what

    as we ALL know it, she got more votes in some staes because we crossed over and voted for her.(yes we follow orders operation chaos). and as we all know the majority of people not only dislike and despise this woman, we hate hate her ..BUT she is giving us the chance to win,since she can not win(, we would never allow that.. too many people in our side would get out to vote no matter what...)
    and so many independents dislike and despise her ..........sooo

    we have it made..t hanks to the clintons, so billary supporters keep it up, keep up the hate , and all, bus specialy

    the I will write clinton in
    or I will vote McCain,

    how sweet victory it

    McBush 08 ..................

    May 25, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  23. KE

    Mr. Carter, a superdelegate, has not endorsement tells Hillary to "give it up"....

    May 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  24. John NC

    As a long time admirer of and campaign worker for Pres. Carter, I have to disagree this time. I remember the Tuesday in June 1976 that Pres. Carter won the Ohio and California primaries to clinch the nomination.

    Sen. Clinton is staying in the race not only because there is no clear winner, but because there has been no decision regarding Florida and Michigan. I appreciate the fact that Sen. Clinton is standing up for long time Democrats like me to try to keep us from being run over and led once again to defeat by the left wing elitist Democratic leadership.

    The superdelegates will be doing the world a great favor to listening to her. The swing states that she has one ARE the fall election .

    May 25, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. Ellen

    Stay in Hillary!!!! Don't listen to Carter!!!! We don't want Obama....

    May 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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