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. Rio

    One loser to another. Can't wait for day when Hussein O is sit next to Dukakis to reflect about their "run" for the WH. The lapel is empty, the church pew is empty, he's against Israel – how many more hints PEOPLE?!

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Georgia boy

    A loser standing behing another loser. Makes sense to me.

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

    I will never back him
    Hillary ar nothing

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Dont Do it

    Dont take Hillary as a VP, she will try to run the country behind your back and those of us who suffered through the Clinton years will not vote for a obama/clinton ticket, but we will vote for obama and someone better.........

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Guy

    Informed voter from florida who isn't so informed, you're obviously forgetting about our current president.

    June 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Matt in Cleveland

    i guess it goes nicely with ted kennedy, one of the most respected and longest serving us senators also endorsing him doesn't it informed voter from Florida

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Interested Observer

    Another step closer.

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. felicia

    Informed voter from Florida.... you must not be too informed because our current president is our worst president in history. Honey, check out the polls...71% of the people are unhappy with the president. Gas is $4 a gallon, Iraq, economy...looks like you need to study a bit more.

    I hope that this is reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting. You guys never post my comments!

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Proud American

    Yesssss!!!!!!! Time is proving that Carter was one of the all time greatest Presidents. And that Reagan was one of the worst. All the problems we have today (from Bush to the fuel crisis) all go back to Reagan. I'm sure Obama is honored.

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. okusajo olugbenga

    ITS ALL OVER, TIME TO GIVE ALL EFFORT TO UPROOT BUSH AND HIS 3RD TERM AGENDA. I WISH CLINTON BETTER FUTURE IN DEMS WORLD

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. John In Georgia

    What took him so long ?

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Lovely in VA

    Good, now come on Gore!

    and

    NO CLINTONS FOR VP!!

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Ghandi

    Correction...Bush is the worst of worst presidents this county (300+ years) has ever had.

    Bush legacy..."I basically took a trillion dollars from the democrats surplus [from the 90s] and flushed it down the toilet"

    America...it's time to flush Bush and friends (i.e. McCain).

    Ghandi

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Ken in Texas

    As a life long Democrat,All these endorsements of Obama floor me.The guy is a joke...Driver licenses to illegals,Talk to tyrants,sat in a church for 20 years a listened to racist propaganda talk,what the heck is wrong with this picture...come on people.

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. Paris

    Carter gave the gift of Islamic Iran to the world and now he is endorsing Obama.
    This should be good for Obama since Carter just visited Hamas and we all know they endorsed Obama!!

    June 3, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. john

    HEY HILLARY SUPPORTER!
    GIVE IT UP!
    DOESNOT MATTER IF YOU VOTE MCCAIN.
    OBAMA WILL WIN.
    OBAMA 08.

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Mohammad, Los Angeles CA

    Only right-wing, ultra-conservative nutjobs consider him to be the worst president. Don't forget this guy and Bill Clinton are the only two presidents who made some meaningful progress in the middle east.

    The worst president is George W. Bush, by the way. Can't you see how much we're paying for food and gas? Grow up you right-wing psycho.

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Amber

    WHO GIVES A RATS ___ ABOUT CARTER. HE WAS A HORRIBLE PRESIDENT ANYWAY. OBAMA WILL FOLLOW IN WIMPY CARTER'S FOOTSTEPS.

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. James

    I remember your presidency and how it ended. You don't surprise me because I have thought there is a certain similarity between you and Obama! Disaster!

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Mississippivoter

    No, that's where you are wrong-our current president is the worst president we've ever had.

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Pete

    No, one of the most decent and honest, Informed Voter From Florida.

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Steve, Santa Cruz CA

    ...and this is GOOD news??

    Almost as good as her letting it slip that she is now open and desiring the VP slot.

    She'll do anything and say anything for power.

    But Obama will NEVER take on that liability or her mate... a worse liability. Scandal will rock the Whitehouse even before Jan 20th if
    Billary gets in.

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Adam - Philadelphia, PA

    @ Informed voter from florida.
    The worst president we've ever had is in office now. Carter was a fine president.

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Diane

    Informed voter,

    Worst president ever? NO that would be George W Bush! Can you imagine that out of control frat boy winning a Nobel prize? Building homes for the poor? Having the RESPECT of the entire world. NOT

    Diane

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Informed, really?

    Carter, the worst ever?... What world have you been living in the last eight years?

    June 3, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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