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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. JC

    Thanks, President Carter!
    You can show Bill Clinton how to be a good former president,
    or how not to put us to shame repeatedly.

    May 25, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR CARTER, I HAVE SUPPORTED HIM SINCE MEETING HIS WIFE IN 1976. HOWEVER I THINK HE AND THE REST OF THE PARTY ELITE WILL BE QUITE DISMAYED COME NOVEMBER, WHEN THE OTHER REVELATIONS ON OBAMA COME OUT AND HIS POLL NUMBERS PLUMMET THEY WILL WONDER WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED. OBAMA CAN'T WIN!!!!

    May 25, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Abiola Falayajo, Melbourne, Australia

    Its about time Hillary pls.

    May 25, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. bill pike

    WAY TO GO JIMMY. SOMEONE CARES ENOUGH TO GET THE MCBUSH OUT OF OFFICE. THANK YOU.

    May 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Chris Crew

    Hopefully she will listen to Carter. He has been a voice of truth and reason for many years and is only saying this to bring the party together.

    May 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Loan Hillary A Calculator & A Rule Book

    PLEASE MAKE HILLY & BILLY GO AWAY AND GIVE US OUR DEMOCRATIC PARTY BACK .

    YOU LEFT YOUR BELOVED ARKANSAS SUPPOSEDLY TO SERVE YOUR BELOVED NEW YORK STATE ALTHOUGH APPARENTLY YOU HAVE BELOVED TIES TO PENNSYLVANIA…WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO SPLIT YOUR BELOVED DEVOTION NOW TO 47 OTHER STATES..??? ISN'T FOCUSING ON ARKANSAS, NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA ENOUGH ??

    COULDN'T BE ABOUT YOU ..COULD IT ?

    BTW.. YOUR SNIPER ERROR, YOUR KENNEDY ERROR, YOUR MARK PENN ERROR, YOUR CAMPAIGN FINANCE ERRORS, YOUR CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT ERRORS, MAKES ME WONDER IF YOU WOULD BE READY ON DAY 365 !

    THEY'RE MAY BE HOPE FOR CHELSEA BUT GIVE US AT LEAST AN 8 YEAR RESPITE.

    May 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. La Raza

    You heard it folks, a former Dem. president who sees the light, why can't you? Or should I ask why WON't you?

    May 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Gringo

    Jimmy Carter.... you are the weasel I always suspected you were. Thanks for the confirmation.

    May 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Tubby The Tuba

    Finally, a Voice of Reason! Yea, Carter!

    May 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. 5

    After the 1970's Carter should SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Femi Kolawole

    If only she will listen to the voice of elders and stopped being decieved people like Carville.

    May 25, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    June 3 can't come soon enough! We are weary of the Clintons and their supporters trying to stir up divisions that only harm the party and the country. Let's move on to the GE and beat John McCain!

    54-year-old white woman proud to be an Obamabot!

    May 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Dems Divided

    If or when Hillary does decide to give it up. Her supporters will fall in line behind McCain.

    We see through the lies and will NEVER support Obama as our parties nominee. No Obamabots I am not a Republican. Please google noquarterusa or write Hillary in and you will see there is a huge movement disgusted with the actions of the mainstream media and the DNC and ARE prepared (as true, long serving democrats) to voice their displeasure by voting Republican in November.

    You may also discover some home truths about your candidate that you would never read on biased sites like CNN.

    Of course, i would be very surprised if CNN posts this.......

    May 25, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Jen B

    I couldn't agree more.
    If she wants to salvage what remains of the Clinton legacy, she needs to bow out as graciously as she can.

    May 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Femi Kolawole

    If only she will listen to the voice of elders- the voice of wisdom, and stopped being decieved by people like Carville

    May 25, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. gary

    Go back to your peanut farm Carter. You were one of our worst presidents. You didn't do nothing for our country.Clinton was one of the best. Young punks and O.B. supporters wouldn't know.All they know is hate that they learned from their canidate.

    May 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Kathy

    I think Carter and everyone else calling for Clinton to "get out" should simply shut up. Many males candidates in the past have taken the race all the way to the convention, so why can't the first woman?

    No "damage" is being done, and this is STILL an extremely close race.

    Obama of course has been portraying himself as the winner sine February. But in the end, Superdelegates are DECIDING THE NOMINATION. And those SD's can switch sides at ANY time.

    So until the ballots are cast at the convention in August, the Dems do NOT have a nominee. And Clinton has every right to stay in the race!!

    May 25, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Lorenzo

    You're Jimmy it is time. What are you waiting for?

    May 25, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Gwen NC

    If Barack becomes another President like you, we sure as H–LL don't need him. You were one of the most ineffective President's this country ever had, it's best you stay out of politics.

    May 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Belle

    If anyone should know how this is going to turn out, it is Carter. I am sure he remembers how he won, then lost. Obama appears to be compelled to do the same.

    May 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. JFK

    President Carter, maybe you have over stayed your welcome then too. I personally want Senator Clinton to stay in the race. She can win this race and win against Sen. McCain. She has proven herself a worthy candidate and if you realistically included all states, she has won more popular votes! Which does count come November.

    May 25, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. vic nashville,Tn

    Hi Carter compare your presidency with Bill Clinton you are not near to him
    So shut up
    If You can go back to 1980 think what you did
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    May 25, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. MS Redhead

    I have the utmost respect for former President Jimmy Carter, but I believe he should back off his attempts to get Clinton to drop out. If Obama doesn't have the magic number of delegates after the primaries have concluded, then Clinton ought to stay in all the way to the Convention. In several blogs I've read recently, links have been inserted to reports of Obama's involvement in Chicago activities not heretofore investigated nor reported to the public. (See I'm sure the Obama/Dean/Axelrod machine will have a spin for all reports that implicate Obama, but I have a gut instinct of an Obama coverup–the same feeling I had about a Bush. I'm a Clinton supporter and will not be voting for Obama anyway. But, I've always believed where there is smoke, there is usually a fire. Unfortunately, I would get no pleasure out of saying "I told you so," should the conflagration raise its ugly head AFTER the Democratic Convention.

    May 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. john williams san diego, ca.

    CARTER...go away..you as the father of modern radical islam when you were president has caused enough damage to our nation...anything you now have to say only adds to your anti-american legacy.

    May 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Mrs. Grover, Houston Texas

    For the good of our party, Mrs. Clinton should step out if Mr. Obama has the delegate count by June 3, 2008 (including the supers) to secure the nomination. If she stays in after he has secured 2026 delegates, then she will make herself look really bad!!

    I had such admiration for my girl, Hillary, prior to this primary season. I was her number one cheerleader, but now, like many others, I have crossed over to change!!

    I pray she will save her face for the sake of all women because what she has done with her emotional outburst is justify why women are not seen as good leaders...we are too emotional...sore loosers!! Where is that strength she claims to have?? She appears to be the weak candidate in my opinion.

    And, another thing, how can you run a national budget if you can't manage your own campaigns budget??? She is in debt. Yet, Obama has money to give (her)!

    Hello-who is really more electable?? It's time for democrats to come together. He is winning fair and square according to the rules that were established at the start of this democratic presidential campaign...bottom line!!

    ~Just My Thoughts~

    May 25, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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