June 3rd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Carter to officially endorse Obama

 Jimmy Carter, a superdelegate, has endorsed Obama .

Jimmy Carter, a superdelegate, has endorsed Obama .


(CNN) -
Former President Jimmy Carter, in a widely expected move, will endorse Barack Obama's presidential bid later Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Carter, a superdelegate who has frequently spoken favorably about Obama, told Britain’s Sky News last month that while he had not yet announced his decision publicly, after the last Democratic primary June 3, it would be time for Hillary Clinton to “give it up.”

He also said 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."

The former president also told an interviewer last month that he believes Hillary Clinton would accept the vice presidential spot on the ticket, but that he did not believe such an offer would be made by Obama "because I don't see how it would help his ticket. I think he needs somebody like a [former Georgia Sen.] Sam Nunn, but I won't name others.”

Nunn, the former Georgia senator, is known for his foreign policy and national security expertise.

soundoff (555 Responses)
  1. TJ

    Geez, I thought he already did?! That's a sign that this has been going on too long. I'm getting confused!

    June 3, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. susie

    Carter/Obama same thing.

    June 3, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Barack the Vote in RI

    YAY!!!! This guy was one of Bill's closest advisors.....next – Al Gore.

    Let's lock this thing up and get ready for McSame in November!

    June 3, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    MSNBC has already declared Obama the winner because of all of the "private" endorsements that will not be announced until well after the polls close.

    I wonder if these endorsements will come before or after Hillary's speech tonight in NYC.

    June 3, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Obama will be President

    The Super delegates are going to pour in any minute.

    June 3, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. BARAKFORLIFE

    YAYO!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. kingsley

    candy, this is no news. we know it already

    June 3, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Veterans for Obama

    There's plenty of room on the train Mr. President!

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Helene

    Very honorable of him to do so.

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. GreatNeckGirl

    Thank you, Mr. President! And welcome aboard!

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  11. H

    SO WHY DID HE WAIT SO LONG. HE IS JUST LIKE THE REST TURNCOATS.

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Turnabout is Fair Play

    FINALLY!! Atlast you picked the right choice!!! Yay! Welcome aboard Mr. Carter!! You were a president once yourself and you know what an excellent successor when you see one!! Keep'em comin! Only a few more to go! Bill Clinton is losing his mind more and more with every endorsement for Barack, LOL!!

    Obama/Sebelius '08!!

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. bakari usseni

    THANK YOU JIMMY CARTER. AND FOR THOSE AMERICAN WHO SAY THEY WILL VOTE FOR JOHN MCSAME SHAME ON YOU.

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Ross

    I predict that Obama will have the delegates needed to clinch the nomination tonight.

    Obama '08 and '12

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. enomisa

    Right... what a surprise... who'd have thunk it.

    When asked, if she would vote for Hillary Clinton, were Clinton the nominee of the democratic party, Michelle Obama said that she would have to think about it.

    By the logic of the Obama supporters, that would make Michelle not a TRUE democrat, and a traitor to her party and her country. I guess she deserves all the hater labels of racist, selfish, ignorant, mindless, stupid, inbred, moron, murderer etc etc..

    Well, all you Obama supporters accepted Michelle's opinion without question and without any criticism.

    Obama supporters have repeatedly shown "contempt and astounding ignorance toward their own countrymen" with the comments they post on these blogs. Cheney had to oplologize for HIS similar but not nearly as distasteful WV in-breeding comments. The Obama camp has insulted in vulgar and filthy ways, women, Latinos, the elderly, the poor whites, those lacking a college degree, Puerto Ricans, Ohioans, West Virginians, and HRC herself. Who would vote for the candidate such HATERS purport to support and obviously follow so blindly?

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Rick in Florida

    And here I thought the peanut farmer had lost it !! Seems he still has a few gray cells still working.

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Do it tonight Jimmy Carter 🙂

    June 3, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. FreshAir

    Hillary is the new Baghdad Bob.

    June 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Veterans against McCain

    McCain is a spineless backstabber!

    June 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Alex

    I am counting down the minutes..seriously.. lets finish this.

    June 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Laidetea

    All right!!!!! Obama got is true nod.

    June 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Stacy Clarks

    DEMOCRATS TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. mj - Florida

    Obama is going to be the next POTUS folks. He is the most transformational leader this country has seen in years. We need a change.

    June 3, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Wow.

    I'm really suprised about Carter. That's all I can say.

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. Abby

    Thank you President Carter.! And thank you for all that you do to make peace around the world ...“Blessed are the peacemakers” .

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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