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. Will She Listen?

    Nope.

    May 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. karen charlottesville, va

    i know the superd's were holding back to honor the legacy of Bill Clinton, but the Clintons have destroyed their legacy. The superd's need to cast a vote NOW.

    May 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Some are likening President Carter to Sen. Obama. Both men have integrity and know the meaning of public service. Both men understand the purpose and intent of government. Both men understand the constitution and it's intent. Unfortunately, President Carter was not able to work effectively in Washington.

    Senetor Obama does not have this problem, if he did he would not have gotten this far. Think about it... Hillary was the shoe in, she had the big money, a sizable super-delegate lead (100+), she had the national political machine and DNC on her side, she had the name recognition, huge momentum and she was polling 30+ points above all the other candidates and 50+ points above Sen. Obama.

    Barack Obama and his team came in and very effectively turned Washington on it's head. And most of Washington is at least listening, if not getting behind this man. One of John McCain's republican advisors just resigned from the McCain camp because he said, "I will not campaign against Sen. Obama if he is the nominee and now it's time to make good on that promise."

    We may be wrong, but really, things cannot get any worse than they are. We (USA) take a small step forward no matter what come Jan. 20th in the eyes of the world. With Sen. Obama, we take a giant leap forward.

    He may not be able to do it all, but it will never get done when we don't even make the attempt.

    May 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Graduate Student, Houston Texas

    Jimmy's got it right this time!!

    May 25, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Lanre

    Hillary, Time to give it up dont disgrace yourself.Pull out with dignity.

    May 25, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. calfornia for Obama

    President Carter,

    You are absolutely right. It is over. There is nothing wrong with loosing....

    I think with All the respect, she should give it up!

    Well stated Jimmy

    May 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Angus McDugan

    What a wuss! Make an endorsement or keep your opinion to yourself.

    May 25, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Bridgette - PA

    Carter is right. We all know that Hillary keeps fighting only for the V.P. spot. Only uneducated people really believe that she could win the nomination. I am really tired of her. I am a woman and sometimes I feel bad when the media jumps on her but my goodness, when does she give up? She keeps asking for it. I feel like she's so selfish that she would even risk another woman's chance to run for President. All the men will say "Oh No! not another woman, here we go again"! She doesn't care about anyone but herself. One more thing....if she goes to Denver fighting for her candicacy or runs as an Independent, her career would be over. With that said....Hillary supporters...be careful what you wish for.

    May 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Mike in Calgary

    Jimmy Carter has a profound grasp of the obvious. He has his eye on the ball. He's diplomatic and has left Hillary an honourable way out. At least President Carter has made it easy for Hillary to exit with dignity Don't however expect a Clinton to do the honourable thing. Remember Bill talking about "that woman, ML" and Hillary talking about facing down sinper fire in Bosnia".

    The Clintons only concern is self-interest, not the public interest. The Clintons don't give GOOD SOUND REASONS ... JUST REASONS THAT SOUND GOOD!

    Mike

    .

    May 25, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Amy OFlaherty Reno, NV

    Please get out, Hillary. You're hurting this country and being soooo selfish.

    May 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. America Wake Up!

    Are those Superdelegates still holding out from endorsing OBAMA and therefore effectively end this race sharing the same view as Hillary Clinton?

    I have checked my imaginations and can't find one that supports the reason why one lunatic candidate in the name of Hillary Clinton should hold a whole party to ransom, making reckless statements that are enough to derail any campaign and yet the Superdelegates seems not to bother.
    OR, How much did they take for themselves during the Clinton Administration that they now feel loath to back off from them?

    May 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Elloise

    Once again – ANOTHER OLD MALE PARTY LEADER – telling the woman what to do!!!

    Hillary – take it to the convention.

    May 25, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Gaylon Barrow

    PRESIDENT CARTER, AM I SURPRISED AT YOU – TELLING HILLARY TO GIVE IT UP AND THE SUPER DELEGATES TO MAKE THEIR DECISION ON JUN 3. THAT IS THE MOST STUPID REMARK COMING FROM A PERSON OF YOU SATATUTE I"VE EVER HEARD. YOU MUST BE FOR OBAMA. IF YOU ARE, YOU NEED TO KEEP THESE THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF OR ENDORSE HIM. SHE HAS EVERY RIGHT IF SHE IS THE WINNER OF THE POPULAR VOTE TO TAKE IT TO THE FLOOR OF THE DEMOCRAT CONVENTION. THEN IF THE DEAN & PELOSI LED DEMOCRATS SHUT HER DOWN IT WILL BE THESE UNEDUCATED FOLKS THAT WILL GO DOWN WHEN THEIR ELECTION COME UP. NO WAY DOES AMERICA WANT OR NEED THE LIKES OF SOMEONE AS DECEITFUL AS OBAMA. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU MR. EX-PRESIDENT AND TO THINK I VOTED FOR YOU.

    May 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Kevin

    So much for Democracy. Why didn't the DNC just ask Carter,Pelosi,Kennedy and Kerry who they wanted from the start and have done with it.

    May 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. wyoming dem

    Jimmy should step up to the plate and indorse.

    May 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Clinton/McCain

    Why would she 'give it up' when more people will have voted for her than that other candidate? Time to return to the old age home.

    May 25, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Michigan Voter !!!

    Hillary Take it All The way To The Convention . We Are Behind You .
    Obama , Like his Campaign Are Sinster , And Under Handed !!! . They Can't Be Trusted !!! . America Needs A Strong Pro – American President !!!

    HILLARY Or , John McCain 2008

    May 25, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Mel

    President Carter is right. After the 3 June, if Senator Hillary Clinton remains behind in the delegate count, both pledged and superdelegate, she needs to do the right thing for the party and concede defeat in an epic and impressive battle among two historic candidates. Her campaign has successfuly fed the myth that despite being behind in the math and having no earthly way of changing it, she still can 'win'. This is like Governor Mike Huckabee's miracles can defeat math in earthly matters; Huckabee is now an 'also ran'.
    Senator Clinton once said there will be a winner and a loser. Now she wants to say there are two winners. No there is not. Even a close defeat is a defeat. She is behind in pledged and superdelegates in DNC-sanctioned competitions and this matter smost according to rules she agreed to before the competition began. Further, she is losing in other symbolic indicators such as states won, popular vote, organizational capacity and fundraising. She says she is stronger? Based on what? She is losing in campaign organization and fundraising and outcome; this is a clear sign of strength of Senator Obama. The proof is in the pudding. Yes, it is relatively close but no cigars. Senator Barack Obama is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party. Senator Clinton should concede gracefully – how the loser loses will be important for the unity of the party.

    May 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Lynda

    Superdelegates have a weighty-enough vote in the nomination process; they should not also be "endorsing" as well. If they want to get out and campaign for their candidate, that's a personal choice, but endorsing is like asking for a vote based on their opinion and popularity. Let voters make their choices based on the merits of each candidate, not based on others' endorsements and opinions.

    May 25, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Bubba

    that's the only thing carter has said in the last 30 years that made total sense.

    May 25, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Elizabeth, NC

    President Carter, I have a lot of respect and admiration for you. I think you are very wise old man. But lets face it. The reason for her staying in the race is mainly because of you and the other so called 'uncommitted super delegates' Honey your states have already voted. Are you trying to tell me you were uncommitted at the polls then too and therefore unsure of whom you voted for. Get real. Come out from your dog gone closets and end this nonsense once and for all.

    May 25, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Just say no to Clinton

    Clinton supporters: Do the math, the real math! You can't use the math that Clinton changes every day. We need to stick to the rules that we started the game with. Even children know you can't make up new rules as you go along.
    She will lie, cheat, steal, throw the "kitchen sink" and do anything she believes to drown any chance the Dems have in 08. Please supers it is way past time to put Hillary and the nation to bed.
    Say goodnight Hillary. The fat lady in the pantsuit has sung!
    Obama and anyone BUT Clinton 08.
    Pam Eugene OR

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

    shut up old carter....now we know why you are a bad president.

    May 25, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Michigan Voter !!!

    Hillary Take it All The way To The Convention . We Are Behind You .
    Obama , Like his Campaign Are Sinster , And Under Handed !!! . They Can't Be Trusted !!! . America Needs A Strong Pro – American President !!!

    HILLARY Or , John McCain 2008

    May 25, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Riaz

    The best thing would be for super delegates to announce their support and say it with commitment, before the convention. Since super delegates have been "flipping", it is giving false hope to Clinton supporters.

    Let Dems settle this by June 3rd, including the super delegates and MI & FL votes, so that convention does not become a circus.

    May 25, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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