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. Michigan Born & Educated

    Hillary Clinton is the one with the original plans and brainpower. All the other candidates are capable of is to copycat from her. Take it to the convention, Hillary!

    May 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Deezy

    GO HILLARY.....GO HILLARY......GO HOME!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Blogthis

    Carter: After June 3, it will be time for Clinton to "give it up"

    Good I am glad someone said it, now all we need is for someone to tell her, anyone ?

    May 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Art

    When was the last time Jimmy Carter did or said something that he actually gave some logical thought to before he did or said it? It sure wasn't between 1977 and 1981. I see nothing has changed.

    May 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. El Máximo Gutierrez

    WE LOVE YOU OBAMA!!!!!

    SI SE PUEDE!

    JES WE CAN jes we can JES WE CAN jes we can JES WE CAN

    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 25, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. dwc

    Jimmy Carter is a nice man, but he sure isn't someone I would take political advice from. Hillary is still the best candidate, and it is a real shame that the tactics that have been used against her and Bill Clinton seem to have worked, both by the Obama campaign and by the biased press. And as for the superdelegates, if they had any real integrity they would support the candidate who has real ability and the real chance to win in November, not the one who is most popular at the moment. The backstabbing and double standards in this campaign has been disgusting to watch.

    May 25, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Greg

    Maybe Hill and Bill could run their own ticket in November. Whatever, they need to ensure Obama does not win so they can get a clear run in 2012. After all it could be said they sank Gore and really helped Bush last time in preparation for 2008 and then the idiot voters did not play the game. But after four more years of Bush style it will have to be old Hillary's time.
    Go Hillary in 2012!!

    May 25, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Marc PDX

    If Jimmy Carter wants to help Obama the best thing he can do is stay out of the news entirely. Or, at least, refrain from doing anything to "help" him.

    May 25, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Velu

    Jimmy is a real expert on giving up, that is for sure. Just ask the Iranians. So I guess if he wants to dish out advice to Hillary, that is the advice she would expect. I am sure Hillary agees with Jimmy. Hurray for the Democrats.

    May 25, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. ellen

    Its not over yet. Actually, I even support her going to the convention. Neither candidate has the number, she has more than half of the actual primary votes (the caucuses are laughable). Face it-our party is divided, and if Obama wants to win-he needs to play nice. Carter, your credibility with your recent middle east shenanigans. CNN and MSNBC, back off!

    May 25, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. georgy

    I'm so tired of the Obama supporters whining and being nasty. Let her stay in till the end of the voting. They just want to have the nomination handed to Obama. Hasn't he had enough help with the media and the party elites so far? Hillary is just trying make him earn it.

    May 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. UPSET NEW YORKER.

    CARTER IS RIGHT, HILLARY HAD A RIGHT TO STAY IN THE RACE,
    WHY SHOULD SHE GIVE UP, ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE AND
    THE SWIFT WIN, SO GO ON HILLARY ALL THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION, THAT'S YOUR RIGHT. READERS REMEMBER THAT
    MONEY CAN'T BUY EVERYTHING, SHE HAS EARNED HER RIGHT
    TO CONTINUE UNTIL THE LAST VOTE IS COUNTED.
    KEEP ON PUSHING HILLLLLAARRYY.

    May 25, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Cathy

    He's right, at this point Hillary and Bill are desperately grasping at straws and just trying to stir the pot which will only further divide the party. Bill Clinton today said "I have never seen a candidate treated so disrespectfully", like he is blaming everyone else for the position his wife is in. Anyhow, it is really sad to watch this. I think Hillary would be far better served by acting with grace and dignity.

    May 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Mike

    Even though Clinton may give up and appear to have lost, let us not forget that in most states we have the write-in option. Clinton is clearly the best choice for the Presidency at the moment.

    May 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Dee, St.Louis

    Thank God, Hillary will be out of the race; with no VP spot. LOL

    May 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Dave

    The Clinton supporters call themselves democrats, but their poor loser mentality, and claims to not support the democratic candidate by either not voting or voting for the republican candidate only shows that they are just a special interest group and belong to no party. Thanks to these morons we will get at least four more years of Bush politics and troops dying in Iraq and who knows where else next. These people are as shamfull as the idiots they get their information from like Rush Lamebaugh, Shame Hannity and Ann Coulter. Poor loser babies.

    May 25, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. GEORGIA

    "GIVE IT UP?" "GIVE IT UP?" WE DIDN'T GIVE UP ON YOU, SIR. YOUR MOTHER WOULD NEVER ENCOURAGE ANYONE, TO "GIVE IT UP". NOT THE "FIRST" FEMALE OR THE "FIRST" AFRICAN AMERICAN RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I WANT A LEADER WHO WILL NEVER GIVE UP, WHEN IT'S ABOUT THE USA......................SHAME ON YOU PRESIDENT CARTER!

    RISE HILLARY, RISE.

    FIGHT HILLARY, FIGHT

    NEVER "GIVE UP"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Michael

    Carter makes perfect sense and it's not the people supporting Obama who are hurting the democratic party. How can you say that Clinton's supporters aren't hurting us when a heck of alot of them say they will vote for the republican party? Ridiculous.

    Obama '08

    May 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. patrick

    Im still waiting for some of you Hilary supporters to state exacty what it was that Obama said that was 1. sexism and 2. race baiting...???

    I Really cant beleive the women supporters are taking out the failure of Hilary's campaign out on Obama,yet you woman cannot see her desperate attempts to undermine Obama.

    one more thing............

    enough with the popular vote jingle....if she had the popular vote , we would not be posting messages today.I also dont think Hilary would to the things for Obama that many of you think he should do for Hilary.
    ex...pay off debt, offering the VP ticket??

    May 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. Tony - Indiana Moderate

    Stay in Hillary, I don't care. It's still not going to change the fact that you lost, go through to Denver. Obama will still be the democrat and John McCain will still be the republican. The voting turnout and all will likely be the same either way too. I am very confident that the republicans need a miracle to stop this election from going the blue route.

    May 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  21. Frank

    Hillary will not be ahead in popular vote unless you count the illegal Florida and Michigan votes, and throw out caucus votes who voted according to the DNC rules. Hillary is losing in every category and is trying to change the math. Hillary needs to just go away! Let's unite behind Obama.

    DEMOCRATS '08

    May 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Michael

    I do not believe Hilary should be told when to leave,but i still can not believe what women are saying.They are practically becoming what they stand against .That truly scares me,especially knowing we all are supposed to be democrats.God help us

    May 25, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. floridian

    As a stubborn Republican I am pleased to see that ex-Pres. Carter continues to believe that he can provide guidance and direction to the rest of the donkeys. If they listen we are in for a winning November. For one, I would like to see Sen. Clinton take it to the convention, because I believe that there is a lot more to Sen. Obama than the media is letting on. Let's see what comes out of the Rezko trial, and see where Rev. Wright continues to take us, and where Sen. Obama's foreign policy gaffes continue to take us. Many want it to be over to protect his six o'clock and not because they do not want Sen. Clinton.

    May 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  24. Peanut farmer is nuts

    Carter is an old goat who has lost his common sense, as shown by his meeting withHamas. As he was placing a wreath on Yasir Arafat's grave, Hamas was bombing another site. Jimmy Carter, go back to the peanut farm and shut your pie hole. Stay out of the Democrat's deal, please, you idiot.

    May 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. Chris H

    As we used to say, back in the day...Jimmy Who?

    May 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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