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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  1. MP-Pennsylvania

    Why I always get this and get deleted

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Dear Mr. Ex- President,

    Your cliam are not valid. And your wife's arguments are against facts.
    Voters, please look at big states and swng states voting records for not only for democrats, but for republicans too.

    Ohio- Obama got about 900,000, Total republicans got about 1,000,000. So only 10% of Hillary's voters need to support Obama to win Ohio. If only 35% of Hillary's supporters going to support Obama, he still can win.

    Pennsylvania- No issue. Obama got more.

    Florida is just like Ohio. Remember, he did not campaigned.

    California, New jersy, New york- Obama can win all those.

    Swing states and some republican states, go do the math.

    In November even though we can expect more people to vote, still it will go to both parties (And Hillary's arguments are based on the primary, so let's take primary results).

    CNN please post this

    May 25, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Jonny

    Absolutely. Obama will secure the nomination on June 3 and there will be a FLOOD of superdelegates endorsing him at that point. He will be the nominee – Clinton must bow out gracefully (as she possibly can) on June 4th.

    May 25, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Stay tuned folks, for the next episode of the Roadrunner v. Wyle E. Coyote race to the White House 08. Will Wyle E. Coyote finally be able to stop Roadrunner in his tracks with her TNT or 2 Ton weight???? Or will it be a near miss again. My money is on the svelte Roadrunner.

    Yes, President Carter, I agree with you. In my opinion, it has been very stupid for people to say that Hillary should drop out now. My gosh, we only have until June 3.

    Hopefully, people will just let Hillary's latest gaffe go. People keep analyzing it, and only Hillary knows for sure what she meant. No matter how you feel, it was a very DUMB comment. Please, lets just let it go now. There are way to many loonies out there, and with people feeding this, it just gives them ideas....

    May 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    WHO MADE HIM AN AUTHORITY?

    HILLARY WILL DO WHAT SHE WANTS AND WILL LEAVE THE RACE IF SHE SEES FIT!!!!!!!

    IS CARTER IN THAT MUCH OF A HURRY TO SEE OBAMA SMEARED AND LOSE?

    HILLARY CAN WIN IN NOVEMBER! AND THE SUPER DELEGATES KNOW IT!!!!!!

    THEY WILL END UP WITH THE DECISION AND FOR THE SAKE OF THE PARTY, I HOPE THAT IT IS THE RIGHT ONE!!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY GO!!!!

    May 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. Susan

    Don't hold back, President Carter. Annouce you support now so we don't have to go thru this misery for another few weeks.!

    May 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Steve

    Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination in 1980 after a hard fought battle against Ted Kennedy. Kennedy trailed Carter by 100 pledged delegates going into the convention. Carter had piled up an early lead in delegates winning in caucses, where the party organization dominated and in states most likely to be won by Republicans in the general election. Down the stretch of the campaign Kennedy won primaries in key states. Neither candidate had enough pledged delegates to win the nomination. There were no super delegates in 1980. At the convention Kennedy made his case with the party that Carter could not win in Novermber and therefore should allow pledged delegates to vote their conscience. Party leaders refused and Carter got the nomination. He was routed in the general election by Ronald Reagan. More than anyone, Jimmy Carter should know that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

    May 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Dan from Wisconsin

    The thing is....i agree with Jimmy, but you know she won't go down gracefully. She is going to whine and change her mind and complain that she still should be the nominee. She is a Clinton, they do not like losing....still say she should have been Republican, she sure slings stuff around like a Republican politician. Give it up Hillary.....game over.

    May 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. rachel

    Carter, you need to get off the air and go home, nobody cares what you say. Hillary is brilliant and she should be the president, not Obama, he is elitiest no matter what you say and will forget the little people if he is elected, and quite frankly Michelle scares the hell right out of me. The US better be careful with this election.

    May 25, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. fran

    What I think he is forgetting is the meeting on May 31st for the MI and FL votes. If the decision goes in her favor which is to seat some or all of the delgates, then the game changes at that point. So she should give up even though she's still winning races. If Obama is such a strong candidate, then why haven't the super delegates ended it?

    May 25, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Hillary NO VP /no pres.

    Superdelegates bring them on.

    What is the hold up?

    ASAP

    Obama 08/12

    May 25, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. AoA

    If anyone know about "giving up" it would be this loser. He gave up on the American Hostages, the economy etc etc.

    May 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Jacques

    i just love how the dems are the lovable losers. The superdelegates will find a way to stretch this to the convention and president McCain will laugh all the way to the Oval Office

    May 25, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Pascal from Switzerland

    Superdelegates should come out right now. It's about time! its their responsability!

    May 25, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Janet in KC

    Post what Bill's score was back in June/92

    Compare it to Hillary score June/2008

    Was he loosing by 50 or less points
    On the other hand, was he loosing by 10 or less

    Hillary is loosing by more then 100 + points.
    It is impossible for her to catch up, unless they "Pressure the Supers"

    Now I see why Hillary is under so much stress, Its Bill Clinton, putting that kind of pressure on her!

    Now I see why Hillary is staring to "Misspeak", It's Bill Clinton that is pressuring her. Give her a Break Bill, Goodness, are you trying to cause her to have a Stroke, or some other illness. My God, this woman is worn out! I will be Praying for Hillary.

    We love you Hillary, however, Bill is putting way to much pressure on you.

    I know that Hillary is really a good person, kind, smart and has the knowledge to run this country; however, it is not her time.
    We must come together! Bill needs to relax, take Hillary on a nice vacation.
    All this fighting is a result of Bill Clinton.!
    It is not his election, its Hillary's
    I love you Hillary, however, it is time to give it a rest and call this contest over. Quit while people still love you for you.

    Janet

    May 25, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. Robert Wiseman

    While I respect Jimmy Carter for his works since he lost the presidency, I don't think I respect his judgement of candidates. Of course, his approach has never been about winning, so it is no surprise that he favours Obama and ending this contest sooner rather than later.

    I thought that these decisions were to be made at the convention. Let's throw out the idea of having a convention and a vote for a nominee at the convention and just let polls and pundits determine who becomes president.

    May 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Venus

    Thank you Mr. Carter!

    Well said and it's nice to see this come to a tragic end for Hillary!

    All the reasons she gave today why she is staying in was great but too late! This is what she should have said on Friday!

    Go Bam – let's get ready to take down the War-Monger!

    May 25, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Tom

    Aren't you the guy who's into hugging terrorists? Why you do Hillary a favor and support Obama? Maybe then you can fufill his secret yearning to hug terrorists too. Idiot.

    May 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Neutral

    Carter you're a FAILURE for PRESIDENT. You're an extreme liberal. may of us have not forgotten what happened during your administration. Stick with your habitat for humanity, that's what you're good at! Hillary has more gonads than you and Obambi combined.

    May 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Marc

    Carter is right, but Hillary won't quit because she do not want to face her civil case that is coming up in Nov.

    May 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Lisa

    I sounds like more and more people, including a number of superdelegates, are urging Clinton to get out of the race.

    May 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Connecticut for OBama

    As an Obama supporter, I know some of us have said some nasty stuff regarding senator Clinton and frankly I don't think it's going to help getting her supporters on board. We should try to understand her intead. I don't blame Clinton for staying in this late in the game. How would any of us act if you saw the presidency slip though our fingers when we felt that it was ours to begin with?
    My problem is with these so called superdelegates, what in the world are they wainting for?
    Obama or Clinton, just said come out already and put an end to this thing.

    May 25, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. JamesAAMale

    And just who are yopu to tell us what to do, we will never give up, that is for the weak, just like yourself Jimmy. You and your girlfriend Obama should give up his FBI file.

    May 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Al from Chicago

    To Jimmy Carter-

    You don't get it. Why would Hillary drop out. Polls show that in a 3 way race she beats Obama and McCain, so at worst she'll run as an Independent.

    In any event this is going all the way to the convention where Florida and Michigan will be seated by the Credentials Committee. Also polls show a big win for her in Puerto Rico which means 3 of the last 4 primaries have been blowouts for her. Stay tuned.

    May 25, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Connecticut for OBama

    As an Obama supporter, I know some of us have said some nasty stuff regarding senator Clinton and frankly I don't think it's going to help getting her supporters on board. We should try to understand her intead. I don't blame Clinton for staying in this late in the game. How would any of us act if you saw the presidency slip though our fingers when we felt that it was ours to begin with?
    My problem is with these so called superdelegates, what in the world are they wainting for?
    Obama or Clinton, just say who and come out already and put an end to this thing.

    May 25, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Jacque Bauer

    "I have not yet announced publicly, but I think at that point it will be time for her to give it up", Jimmah Cahtah said for the nth time in public.

    May 25, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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