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. We love hillary

    she will not give up unless everyone tells her.. and even t hen...
    she has damaged the party enough so that we can win, McBush does not have to do his dirty work, she and billy have done it...........

    she has said it: it is personal and will get to power at all costs......

    mcbush/billary 08, 12, 16, and on an on

    May 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. chris

    Good news for Hillary familly.bye bye babe!
    OBAMA 08

    May 25, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. Travis, Spokane, WA

    Go Away. All you Democrats, just go away

    May 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Michael in MO

    Pity, and I used to respect President Carter.

    May 25, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Joe

    Carter, why don't you put your money where your mouth is and endorse Obama?

    True Democrats want this thing to end as quickly as possible before Hillary destroys the party further. Do you?

    May 25, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. David Newport, OR

    Which if you read between the lines he is saying..."I have talked to the remaining unendorsed superdelegates and they have unanomously stated that they feel like I do...that this process is over and the sooner we unite, the sooner for the Democratic Party heals" . Of the remaining superdelagates, they fill fall 3:1 to Obama.

    May 25, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Sky- kissimmee, FL

    Now thats a smart man.

    May 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    You are probably quite correct Mr. Carter: the Superdelegates are going to overwhelm Senator Obama with their votes and make him the nominee! A WINNER of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S NOMINEE!

    And then we come to the GENERAL ELECTION, where, once again, like McGovern, he will LOSE HORRIBLY!

    That's what the Superdelegates are for: to over-ride the will of the people and to choose a nominee that cannot win the General Election.

    Great job once again, SUPERDELEGATES!

    That’s why I love the Democratic Party…

    May 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. He is Not the Nominee

    Obama is so arrogant to think he is the nominee when he doesn't have the required delegates to win, Florida and Michigan matters have not been resolved, he is losing the popular vote, and primaries still are continuing.

    Never Obama.

    Clinton in November. Writing in a candidiate is easy and I'm sick and tired of the way our party and the media have treated Sen Clinton this primary season. If the party thinks we'll all fall in line this year after how she was treated then they're sure in for a surprise come November.

    May 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Turnabout is fair play

    The man speaks the truth. He's been around long enough to see and know when the writing's on the wall. She really will have no excuse to drag this out any longer when the final voters make their voices heard in the last of the primaries and FL and Michigan are seated. She will be out of excuses. If she tries to take it to the convention; she will finally destroy the last of her and Bill's legacy and she will still lose in the convention. But we know she will try to do it anyways, Bill will push her up to it as he has been doing. If true democrats decide they will not vote for Obama in this election because Hillary did not win, we WILL do the same to her in 2012, remember that if you are considering voting McCain against Obama.

    May 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Pete, South Dakota

    . . . Did you hear that Bill?

    Obama 08.

    May 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. MLH

    Thank you Mr. Carter! You have consistently led by example in the category of the good that former presidents can do, not only in their own country, but in the world at large.

    Obama '08

    May 25, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. kinglsey

    Well said old man. blessed are men with Wisdom for they shall help us send HILLACIOUS to siberia for a total chill pill. what with all her shenanigans, and I would love to initiate her total recall from the senate right this moment. by the time we finish with her, even chelsea would think twice about running for anything even school prefect. I am about to crank up the recall requested and nobody should try to stop me ! signatures pleeeeease !

    May 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Barbara

    Who cares what Jimmy Carter thinks! Let me see... were you the peanut or the popcorn. Really, you have changed drastically for the worse over the years. I used to have respect for you. Not so anymore.

    May 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. terry

    Dear Mr. President:

    You have one delegate vote and are free to cast it for whomever you wish but don't presume you are the one to decide when Senator Clinton should "give it up." Instead, why don't you "give it a rest!"

    May 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. John

    All 57+ of superdelegates.

    Yes We Can.

    May 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. john


    May 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. The Devil Down in Georgia

    Carter needs to pipe-down. He is really losing his prestige (from Hamas to slamming Clinton repeatedly)

    It's very clear that there is a double standard at work this primary season. In the media, Senator Clinton can do no right and Obama can do no wrong. She is being pushed out of the primary process despite that fact that historically primaries continue until someone has secured the nomination. Why should a woman not be able to continue running for office when men have been supported in doing the same thing historically up to the convention?! The Democratic establishment has been so sexist and it's an utter disgrace. The media has also been blatantly sexist and has played favorites with Obama from the start. Obama himself has made sexist remarks and has demonstrated a sexist attitude. I am ashamed of the Democratic Party this year.

    I will write Hillary's name in on my ballot in November. She has the popular vote and should be our nominee (even though she is a woman).

    May 25, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. Linned

    I'm sure that she will get out of the race once all of the primaries are completed and the FL & MI delegates are seated in some form. She will come out for Senator Obama and campaign tirelessly for the Democratic Party and hopefully bring along all of her supporters. The country is in a lot of trouble and we can't take four more years of what we have had the last eight years.

    May 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  20. Paul Lennon

    Could you imagine this weak man as our president today.
    One of the worst presidents in history, worse than even GWB
    Go Hillary all the way to Denver

    May 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. johnd

    I hope Jimmy is right. Hillary would be fine as president, but her use of old style politics to try to win has been very dissappointing. Particularly given that she is running against a person who can tell the truth, the hard truths about no financial or moral or military free rides, and still win. It's dissappointing that the uncommitted superdelegates have waited so long to declare, because it shows that they don't place enough value on honesty in politics.

    May 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Molly

    They will regret voting for Obama

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


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

    President Carter is 100% right on this.

    May 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Dr. Proctor

    "I have not yet announced publicly, but I think at that point it will be time for her to give it up," he added. Jimmy Carter, you're a trip.

    Yes We Can.
    Obama 08.

    May 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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