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. Jose

    Obama-Webb!

    May 25, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. fredi

    Here are some facts:
    More people (including FL + MI) have voted AGAINST Hillary then against any other primary candidate ever.
    FL is pretty much a tie between HRC (50%) and BO+Edwards (47%)
    Most of the 40% of "uncommitted" votes in MI are Obama votes.
    If you count FL (50/47 = +3%) and Mi (55/40 = +15%) Hillary will gain some 25 delegates max on Obama – she is trailing by 190 delegates now, so gaining 25 does not do anything for her.
    Bottom line: there is no way for HRC to win this!

    May 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. OT

    I agree completely with 'Elizabeth, NC'. I also highly respect Jimmy Carter, but think more superdelegates, like Jimmy Carter, could have cast their superdelegate "vote" by now. Especially superdelegates from states that have voted already. If they all had done so, the race would be over. But I'm no politician and superdelegates are presumably wiser than the rest of us. I'm sure there is a method to their madness. So I'll wait to hear from them on June 4th. That's now less than 2 anxious weeks away.

    May 25, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. Cindy,CA

    With Dean's decision to totally cut Florida and Michigan from the process is seeming more and more like a fixed primary. There could have been a recount but Obama said no. No to the voters that should have had a voice in the process like the rest of the "United States"

    I don't know what their (pelosi,dean,others)game plan is but I hope it fails. We can not afford to have a democratic party that has become soooo undemocratic.

    May 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Fed up middle aged white woman

    People, You're totally falling for a corrupt politician's spin.

    Hillary DOES NOT and will not have the majority of the popular vote.

    She only has it if you DON'T COUNT the hundreds of thousands who voted for Obama in the caucuses thereby awarding him the majority of those particular states' delegates. Why is this math so hard to understand???

    Hillary is throwing many hundreds of thousands of caucus state voters under the bus just to get her own version of the new math to work out in her favour. Why are Florida and Michigan voters more important than these voters? There's only one reason and it's selfish and calculating. Why can't you Hillary supporters understand that?

    You're victims of spin and it's time to wake up and open your eyes.

    May 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Pat

    I used to respect this man. It appears he has been taken in by the Candidate veiled in fog as well.

    I expected more from such an intelligent man! Age must have diminished his wisdom.

    Obama supporters can only be compared to the same hypnosis that took place with the Jeff Warrens patriots in Texas.

    May 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Chipo

    Shut up.... you just want another president who will be considered worse than you...

    May 25, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. gail

    Yes, it's time for her to go. She is so tired that she "misspeaks" a lot now. I am afraid of what she might say into the phone at 3 AM, a time when most people if not asleep would be very tired.

    May 25, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. JOJO

    Come June 3rd, Carter says he's personally gonna kick her fat, pant-suited bu** back to Arkansas!!!

    May 25, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Carter- Out of Line

    I used to admire you Mr. Carter. now after Hamas and your constant badgering of Clinton – I am no longer a fan.

    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 doiung 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 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Why would anyone want to listen to a loser. He was one of the worst presidents.

    May 25, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Rafael San Juan PR

    Those anyone cares what Carter has to say??????

    May 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. Old Male Establishment

    Carter – it is a shame to see that you are part of the male dominated party machine trying to pull the plug on the first viable female candidiate who has teh lead in the popular vote.

    Historically campaigns have run until a nominee has the requisite delegates (often up to the convention). The Democratic Party and Obama should be ashamed of themselves for trying to push aside the first woman candidiate (who currently leads the popular vote).
    Shame on democrats for this double standard. I thought the Democratic Party was the party that favored women's rights and respected women – clearly this primary season has shown the sexism that still controls the Democratic establishment. The majority of voters have cast their ballots for Sen. Clinton yet the superdelegates are being blinded by the media and Obama's slick political spin machine.

    I will write in Hillary's name in November if she is not the nominee.

    May 25, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. Bridgette

    She can't win and she knows that but if you have been a person who has won everything you set out to do this has got to be really hard for her. She is an over achiever and probably has always been so someone telling her you can't win is just not something that she is use to hearing nor accepting.

    But the math is the math and you have to respect her for her fight, but, for her the fight is over. And for all of her supporters, don't be mad. It was a race and the end results of a race is someone's got to win and someone's got to loose. No one cheated her and just was not her time to win. So let's not lose sight of the real goal and that is a Democrat in the White House.

    May 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. sue suttles

    Leave Hillary alone . she may be the only person that can bring the hope your looking for . Sure Hillary has baggage we see it all B ut have we seen in side of Obama . sure he gave a good speech .But does that tell you how he going to keep you safe , Go back to the debates Hillary always got the hard question . he always agree with Hillary The democratic party are making abig mistake we will lose in N ov ..

    May 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Clinto to the Convention

    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 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. White middle aged woman for Obama

    What are the superdelegates waiting for ? I'll be so gald when this thing is over with. It's no wonder the Dems. are throwing angry comments at each other. Clinton is going to try and get something for herself since she can't get the nomination. She's so far in debt with her campaign, you know she's going to want someone else to pay it off. If she actually had a chance of winning the nomination then I could understand her staying in the race. But her chances are long gone.

    Get out of the way Hillary, there's a serious battle to be fought for the Democrates to get back the whitehouse and you're blocking the road !

    May 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Joseph Adewole

    Let The Superdelegates speak out now; the Clintons are destroying The Dems.....................they are bitting the fingers that made them what they are.

    May 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Kenneth M.

    She should be drummed out because of her stupid statment the other day. But not only that, if we look back she has run a dreadful camp. She should stop crying and get out. You Hill supporters can take your votes with you if you like, but it is your own causes that will suffer.

    May 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. Ed from Milwaukee(WI-Swing state)

    Carter, you should go ahead and endorse Obama so that a message is sent to the Clinton campaign. Also, why does Hillary Clinton continue to say that she has the popular vote? Here is what Hillary won’t say to her supporters, when she makes that ridiculous claim. She's not counting any of the caucuses and Obama didn’t receive one vote in Michigan because he took his name of the ballot. If you count the caucuses alone, Obama is ahead of her in the popular vote by more than 500,000. In addition, this is a primary and that means you fight for delegates not popular vote. Someone should have explained the rules to her before she tried to run for president. Or maybe she thought that because the entire political analyst said should would win the nomination easily, the rules didn’t matter.

    May 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Bandwagon Mentality

    Obama is not the Nominee. Hillary has won a half million more votes than Obama since March 1. She has won 7 of the last 10 primaries. She is the choice of swing voters. She leads the popular vote. Obama is trying to force people on a band-wagon and the superdelegates would be wise to resist the temptation to jump on that wagon. Ignore teh biased and unfair media coverage. Use some independent judgement supers and select the candidate who the majority of voters want (Clinton).

    She should win the nomination.

    If she doesn't, then I'm writing her name in on my ballot in November

    May 25, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. ROBERT ERB

    PRESIDENT CARTER, I ADMIRE YOUR WISDOM AND YOUR DESIRE FOR PEACE AROUND THIS WORLD. AS A REPUBLICAN VOTING FOR OBAMA, I ASK FOR YOUR INDULGENCE, IT'S NOW YOUR TURN TO ENDORSE. BE THE LEADER I KNOW YOU ARE, LETS GET IT DONE.

    May 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Gerry

    It's about time some of the senior representatives from the democratic party speak up. Al Gore-where are you?

    May 25, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Olivia

    The Clinton legacy of peace and prosperity will never be destroyed.....not unless some of you rewrite history.
    Forget the hateful and destructive rhetoric about the Clintons. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

    President Carter......the democratic party is not being hurt by Hillary staying in the race. I would expect no less from her. This is a woman who stand for the right of the voters and I want my voice to count. Leave her alone! You do good work building houses for the poor, so go build houses. You will get your satisfaction later when you and Obama go together for unconditional talks with Hamas, for starters.

    May 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Jane

    Ding dong the witch is dead. Time for Hillary to get on her broom and fly away with her evil monkeys.

    May 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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