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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soundoff (469 Responses)
  1. Full of Hope in Texas

    Can we listen to the various comments - each others and those we elected to lead us - and provide civil comments? Obama's message of hope and inclusion resonates with so many becuase we are tired of the current "negative atmosphere that has taken over this country. I respect Carter, a decent man who was run over by a system that has not supported honesty and goodness in a long time. I respect Clinton, but agree that, after June 3rd, move aside and put your talents to work in getting the Republican's out of the White House. When faced with the negative camapigning, coments and hate and division that prevails in this country since 9-11 - HOPE is a breath of fresh air. Please disagree with me if you will, but can we remember that we are the greatest country in the world because we allow all ideas to be presented and considered. Let's discuss and not attact. Then let's unify and fit to sit the next President of the United States, Barak Obama,

    May 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. ELM in FLorida

    Dear President Carter:

    While I agree with you, please note that there is a difference between ‘having the right to stay’ vs. realizing the reality that she has NO chance winning. Unless, of course, something tragic happens.

    Sadly, Senator Clinton inspired us to worry about Sen Obama’s safety, inspired us to dislike each other and, inspired us to question her aggressive position on many domestic and international issues.

    But yes, please give her eight more days to accept money from 11 year old, to convince us that McCain is more qualified than Obama, that the DNC election rules don’t matter and, the democratic election process is unfair to her.

    She still have eight more days to take on OPEC, oil companies, pharmaceutical companies, Iran, China, Russia and, of course Obama along with the democratic party.

    Yes, please give her eight more days to manipulate our minds and undermine Obama’s chances to win.

    President Carter, aren’t you troubled at all when Senator Clinton says, she does not understand why some people want her to quit?

    May 25, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    Hillary, I love you dearly but please leave with dignity.

    May 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. darren

    This is not about her being a woman for christs sake! stop playing that card geeeez.
    If it were Obama he'd be told to give it up too

    May 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. RJ

    Hillary beats Obama on the popular vote metric only under the following conditions:

    1) All FL delegates were alloted to Hillary with zero votes and delegates alloted to Obama. This is what Hillary is demanding.

    2) All MI delegates were alloted to Hillary with zero votes and delegates alloted to Obama, even though there were 42% uncommited votes against Hillary. This is what Hillary is demanding.

    3) All the caucus votes are defranchised as Hillary is demanding.

    This is what Hillary supporters are conspiring to get her steal the nomination. They shamelessly repeat as if she is really ahead in the popular vote.

    May 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. From AK

    Hillary Take it All The way To The Convention, hurt the party and all our hopes !!

    May 25, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. HerbG - New Jersey

    What a conflict ! Carter goes off on his own and speals to the Hamas leaders, while Obama states that he would never do that. Yet, Carter supports Obama. What am I missing here ?

    May 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Wishful Thinking

    This no longer exciting. HRC is not going to go away until the SUPERDELEGATES put her out of her misery. The longer she stays the more difficult it will be for her to leave with dignity. I for one will never vote Clinton again. She has destroyed what respect was left for her and Bill. Chelsea........don't bother

    May 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Kathy in Texas

    The superdelegates need to end this primary now. Obama is 52 away from the nomination, it is time to end this primary and began the task of winning in November...

    But, we all know the Clintons, they don't care about the people or the party.....Hillary is pathetic

    May 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Ken

    Here we have a former president that is mouthing off and trying to have the contest over before either of the candidates have receive enough votes to become the nominee. Mr. Carter, please keep your remarks to yourself when it comes to trying to say that Hillary Clinton should get of of the race.

    Hillary Clinton should and will take this contest ALL OF THE WAY to the convention! WE, the American people (ALL 17 Plus Million voters), want Hillary Clinton to take this contest to its COMPLETION, and not a moment before!!!

    Barack Hussein Obama will never become our president, even if he gets the nominee. Barack Hussein DOES NOT have what it takes to beat McCain in November. That is why we need Hillary Clinton to take this contest to its completion, and not a moment sooner.

    Hillary Clinton CAN beat McCain in November, and be our next President.

    May 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Mr Toffa

    MS Redhead – what is your agenda? Slandering Obama to what end? Sorry if you have something against Obama but surely if you are a Hillary supporter Obama is the next best choice? It certainly works the other way around.

    Supporting McCain because you are bitter about the primary outcome will be shooting yourself in the foot big tiime!

    May 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Jim

    Spoken like a true LOSER! As a Democrat, I am ashamed to be in the same party as the failure of a president, Mr. Carter

    May 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. koo

    i think the supper delegates are also to be blamed. clinton is now relying heavily on you so why not cast your vote to make your intentions clear. carter should make up his intentions clear now if he realy means party unity so as the remaining supperdelegates.

    May 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Don, London UK

    Thats an exciting and sensible comment from Carter. The super D's need to end it as soon as possible so Obama can get on to McCain.

    May 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Mystified

    Clinton is a power hungry, fear mongering, ego-driven lying ten-headed hydra that will stop at nothing. I know she'll fight dirty all the way to the convention. I'm pretty sure she may even get the nomination, thereby destroying the Democratic Party. It's either her way or the highway. I think she's the best Republican in ages! Well done!

    May 25, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  16. Ephy

    President Carter: I admire your sense of ethics, wisdom, and yes, honesty.

    May 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Glenn Agans

    who cares what Carter thinks?

    May 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Michael

    It is past time for Hillary to strand down for the good of theDemocratic Party and the Country. Why does she inflame bitterness in the Democratic base? Hillary has proved that she is the wrong candidate, the wrong woman to turn this country around and unite us in a common cause. Hillary goes out of her way to polarize Democratcs ; I can only imagine what her tenure would do to the counrty which is in desperate need of healing.

    May 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. james

    Hillary, take it to the convention floor, fight to the finish. Hillary '08, if not McCain '08. Hillary 2012.

    May 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  20. Independent

    Approximately 25 more Superdelegates need to endorse 0bama before June 1, and this will allow South Dakota to complete the nomination process for Obama. Maybe former President Carter should be the first of the 25.

    May 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. CARMEN

    HEY JIMMY, I AGREE WITH YOU HILLARY SHOULD BACK OFF, AND LET AMERICA TAKE IT'S MOST WONDERFUL COURSE OF CHANGE, SHE WILL BE HATED BY MILLIONS THOUGH, I THINK SHE HAS LOST HER MARBLES, AND IN HER PROCESS OF HER SEARCH AND DISTROY MISSION AGAINST OBAMA, SHE ACTUALLY DESTROYED HER REPUTATION AND HER HUSBANDS LEGACY, WHAT A SHAME.

    May 25, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Todd

    Why anyone would consider voting Republican after the last eight years is beyond me. Do us a favor, Hillary supporters, wake up and recognize the damage John McCain will do to this country if he gets elected. He makes jokes about bombing Iran, admits he knows nothing about the economy, and will not support his fellow veterans with benefits that really make a difference in their lives.

    This choice is clear–please vote Obama in '08. You know Hillary will.

    May 25, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. GoHillary

    Jimmy – you should butt out! You have already embarrased yourself with the whole HAMAS debacle.

    Obviously you're on the same medication as BO.

    May 25, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. gin

    The Clinton supporters are so unrealistic, it is insane. The math is not on a favor , why it is so hard to understand.
    Be fair in your judgement. It is not about a candidate , it is about America.
    The Clinton did good in the nineties, yes, but they are not the best. Remember the sex scandal... We need to move on, look forward and change direction.
    Fanaticism is blindness. She has not accumulated enough delegates to deserve the nomination, period.. Staying until the convention and make a foul of herself will not help the democratic party.
    The Clinton supporters as as insane as she is

    May 25, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. stephanie- Washingon

    President Carter, I have a lot of respect of your service for this country, but you should not comment about Hillary to get out of this race. You don't have any right to say and you have to understand the reason she stays in this race because the will of people. Obama was not able to close the deal after winning 11 states especially he had a lot funding, resources and momemtun. He was not able to get the votes from the blue collars in the swing states. According the poll, she is more electable.

    May 25, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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