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. Bu**sh**

    The worst president ever has endorsed McCain. (Busy is by far the worst president ever!)

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Dan Los Angeles, CA.

    Who cares what Carter thinks. Remember interest rate were 19% when he was in office.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. jimmy velman

    THE REPUBLICANS WORST NIGHTMARE IS AN OBAMA-CLINTON TICKET AND THEY WILL TRY TO SPLIT THE TWO BY EVERY MEANS POSSIBLE , THE REPUBLICANS WILL DO ALL POSSIBLE TO CAUSE A RIFT BETWEEN OBAMA AND CLINTON.
    WHY? BECAUSE AN OBAMA-CLINTON TICKET IS UNBEATABLE
    BY ANY COMBINATION OF REPUBLICANS. OBAMA AND C,INTON
    HAVE GARNERED 34 MILLION VOTES TOGETHER.....THE MOST EVER IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN ELECTIONS. IN ADDITION, THEY HAVE RAISED SO MUCH MORE FUNDS TO BEAT THE REPUBLICANS.. SO NOW IT IS UP TO OBAMA TO CHOOSE HILLARY AS VP.ON THE TICKET. TO DO OTHERWISE IS A SLAP IN THE FACE ON CLINTON.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. Beth - Florida

    Impressive show of support!

    The U.S. has 2 politicians that Muslim terrorist groups and others like Hezbollah and Hamas support and they are.........

    NObama and Carter.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Clare in Orlando, FL

    IInformed voter from florida June 3rd, 2008 3:34 pm ET

    The worst president we've ever had endorses Obama. Wow. Whoda thunk it?

    I beg a different, George Bush is the worst President we have ever had.

    2nd, Bill Clinton.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Fair play

    Good work... I never saw THAT coming.

    Lets just run a fair and clean campaign next time and not favor one candidate while trashing the other.

    That will ultimately unite the party better than superdelegates making the call after the fixed election created a mockery of a fine mess for democracy.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Brian

    He has shown himself to be an antisemitic monster. Obama will suck among Jewish voters.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. THE TRUTH IS

    Informed voter from florida...... FYI : worst president we've ever had is BUSHED!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Check 2 Check

    Informed voter from florida - your not so well informed, George Bush is the worst president ever....he stole florida, but you probally voted for him. your so smart!

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. k

    I will never back him

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Informed voter from Florida, whether Prez Carter was the worst president or not, he is a super delegate and right now that's all that counts. Obama inching towards the nomination. Just find a corner somewhere and cry, it will do you some good.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. johnr

    Good – an endorsement from Cater will only hurt Obama in the minds on any clear thinking people.
    Obama should be running sales seminars, not running for Pres.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. proud army and navy mom

    TO INFORMED(NOT) VOTER FROM FLORIDA

    you have it wrong. the worst president ever is still in the Whitehouse awaiting his war crimes trial hopefully. you probably voted for him.

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. OhMy

    Worst president we ever have had is in office now!!

    June 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Wait a minute

    Informed voter from florida – I have to correct you, the worst president ever is actually still in office

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Incoming Fire, Let's Unite

    Incoming Hillary supporters making this endorsement a negative.

    Please, just stop, your candidate would have happily accepted this endorsement, and you would have sighted it in your favor. Let's come together already and just win this election.

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Harry

    Who cares what Carter says. He is one of the worst presidents the US has ever had. Please let the election go as it should. Don't take advantage of so-called "united party" to destroy freedom and voting rights of voters. Obama will lose in November for sure if he is blindly chosen by such person like Carter.

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. mrtulip

    TO THE INFORMED VOTER FROM FLORIDA
    Carter was one of the better once, and still is. How much worse than Bush or Nixon, or Johnson can it get,. They sold the nation for their own benefits, but obvious those were your favourites.

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Newly Independent in Oregon

    Right, and Jimmy Carter knows a loser when he sees one, based on his own experiences.

    Give Obama two months and see what a mess he has on his hands.

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. obama's not perfect but best choice

    i gave up on america when majority of the voters chose reagan over you, Mr. Carter.

    ever since, it's been down hill.

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Dale

    Informed voter at 3:34pm :

    The worst president we've ever had is George W Bush, by a long shot. Shows how informed you really are.

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Alex NYC

    To "Informed voter from florida"...
    Really? Carter? Worst president ever? Certainly not the best but did you sleep though Nixon and Bush or do you just turn a blind eye to your own party's worst?

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Joe

    Go Obama 08! Hillary ran a good race, and I respect her for that, but now it's time for us to unite and get the white house back! Jimmy Carter was not our worst president...It is Bush and always will be. 8 sorry long years...enough is enough!

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. TeraJ, MD

    Actutually the worst president we've ever had is George W. Bush

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Bill from Bay Shore

    Who cares? This guy was irrelevant & a joke when he was president and he hasn't gotten any better. The humor in the situation is that he still thinks that someone cares what he thinks. Hubris is a terrible disease.

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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