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.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. Alex in MA

    Mr. President, she will listen to reason. Only superdelegates can end this.

    BTW Clinton News Network, we dont you guys publish my comments? Oh I forgot, "Awaiting Moderation!"

    May 25, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Bond

    You got that right Mr. President Carter. Somebody better tell the lady in the pant suits.

    May 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Zoe

    Let's hope that at this point Hilliary can stop the desperation and desperate acts. Its over, Hilliary you did well. Someone else won.

    Your party is bigger than you, personally, in terms of what can be accomplished by a DNP victory. You can help if you care about the country as much as you seem to care about your personal ambition and public persona.

    You can show the world what a great fighter is REALLY not sulking and accusing, but by stepping up and gracefully and honestly, wishing Obama well and offering him support in those areas you can.


    May 25, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. gin

    Are you saying that it is time for the Clinton machine to end up in a junkyard.

    May 25, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. obama - supporter - arkansas


    i agree this needs to end

    May 25, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Phil Newton

    He's right.

    May 25, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Bush was never elected

    Nothing good has come out of Hillary staying in this race when she knew it was over. BTW Hillary, Obama does not have to be shot to convince us that he's a great man, and you're in second place.

    May 25, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. gp

    Why to wait even so long with endorsment .She is dengerously angry and her spirit brings so much division.Minde you only those RFK coments ( and if you wont even REGRET , not apology ; and regret expresed in form" IF " I offended- that is mockery ) It is right that she can do waht wont , but super delegats can do what moraly OK- stop her poison spiling even longer.

    May 25, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Jeanne

    She's not going to "give up". The Clintons are going to fight this all the way through to the convention, lose the eleciton for the Democrats and make the Republicans very very happy.

    May 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Ken in Florida

    Buh Bye Hillary, and take all your whiney supporters with you!

    May 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. strong

    What a fossil. He was a mediocre, "nothing of a president" years ago. Why the heck should we care what he thinks or says?

    May 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. Susan

    Carter, we voted for you.

    Hillary is very likely going to win the nomination.

    We need a president like her.

    She is the stronger candidate to go up against McCain.

    May 25, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  13. Rick - Houston

    Mr. Carter with all due respect, and I respect you immensely, if you believe Hillary should give up then exercise the power the party has given you as super delegate and endorse Mr. Obama. What on earth is there to wait for ?

    May 25, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. sue calgary

    If Superdelegates like Jimmy Carter came out publicly either for or against, then this process would be over sooner! If you're for Obama then come out and say so!

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  15. Billy

    Clinton should run until she says she is quitting. Why would she listen
    to a failed past president that is older and more senile than McCain.

    Jimmy Carter was one of the worst Presidents we have ever had,
    and he should not be giving advice to anyone.

    No one has fought harder than Clinton for the American people,
    and it's her choice to say when and where she will give up.

    I hope she goes on the ballot as an Independent, I'll vote for her if
    not mu vote will be for McCain. No Obama.

    May 25, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. Debby

    Oh shut up Carter you were by history the worse president ever and now your meetings with Hamas. I am not surprised you endorse Obama birds of a feather, you, Hamas and Obama.

    May 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  17. BrendaK

    Thank You President Carter. It is nice to see you put it all in perspective !

    May 25, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. Tim

    We all know it is over. even the ones that will not admit it can't deny that. It will be over in June. Thank you super delegates!!!

    Obama 08!!!

    May 25, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. Hans-Erik Iken

    Good advice Carter, and maybe you should tell her to stop putting both feet in her mouth until then too.

    May 25, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Walt

    It was time after she lost 11 states in a row. In truth the rest of this has been quite sad. Only when this is viewd objectively and scholarly, some 30 to 40 years from now, will it be known just how badly Hillary's campaign team performed.

    AT that point it will be crystal clear that her team botched the campaign (almost from day one). And, that she used the fuel of racism, reverse-sexism (you heard that here first), and various fears for her own selfish ambitions, and nothing more.

    May 25, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. On_The_Street

    Superdelegates have the responsibiliy to end the Clinton familys lunatic quest for power.....

    More than the democratic nomination, higher issues are at stake....I hope they realize and act upon it...

    May 25, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. CJ

    He is absolutely correct.

    May 25, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Hemoglobin

    I keep thinking about Huckabees skit on SNL when he says he knows when it is time to leave...there should be one made for Hillary.

    May 25, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. santos

    I am wondering, what prevents the rest of the uncommited super delegates from making their endorsement (presumably to Obama)sooner rather than later. If they can end this now, it should be in the party best interest, No?

    May 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Freedom


    May 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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