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

Carter to officially endorse Obama

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(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. marie

    I know my email is in a bunch of millions that write you here, but let me say this and hope someone sees it.


    do not make the mistake by making Hillary your VP running mate; you will alienate your supporters who do not trust the Clinton's not to mention you can bet you won't be able to control Bill Clinton if he is there with Hillary. Please don't do this; I know a great many who Love you very much, but if Hillary is on the ticket we are voting McCain! As much as you want to state how you admire and respect Hillary don't think she feels the same about you; its all about winning with her nothing else matter to the Clinton's.

    The Clinton's can't be trusted one bit for one second! ON top of that its all over the news Hillary would take VP spot if it was offered I hope and pray that Obama does not bite on this one because its just an "out" for the party in order to please everyone; she is not a good canidate for VP and furthermore Hillary would never be able to let her ego take a second spot she wants it all to her self! If she is on the ticket I am gong to make sure everyone I know votes for McCain!

    June 3, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. vote for Hillary

    Sorry to hear President Carter got duped into the bandwagon. As for me, If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. If Obama campaigns like a fish and is underhanded like a fish, he's pretty fishy. Go read the children's book Emperor Obama's New Clothes. – – or – – just be a lemming and follow his Chicago-Way Politics out to sea. Go Chicago-Way ! nah.... just go away, Obama. AND, be sure to write in Hillary as an independant when you vote this fall.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. BlameBarack

    And I want to add that Clinton was not the best President we ever had. He talks about how the media mistreated his wife and the Obama campaign did this and that. What about him? He mistreated his wife as worse as any man can treat a women. Politics is what it is. But he messed with her heart and I think that has a greater bearing than anything. He is a compulsive liar and cheater.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Cynthia

    Welcome aboard, the Obama train – choo choo! Come on supers – its time to be like nike, JUST DO IT.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Blue

    An endorsement from a man who sits down with Hamas & proves direct talks to radicals only makes one look like a fool.

    One of the worst presidents who did not get this dems vote, the same way Obama will not get this dems vote.

    It's not about race, it's about judgment and experience which Carter had none just like Obama. Sometimes you just need to break away from your party for the good of the country.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. issac- Canada, Toronto

    this is the beggining of a new era for America, the many negative views including my own that many countries has toward America is about to change..I am proud of Americans to select such an inspiratinal man to be the nominee of the democrats

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Ron

    While some may see President Carter's administration as flawed (informed voter from Florida), today's global view of Jimmy Carter is one of respect for the senior statesman. He is still popular in the Middle East and has been successful in negotiating some the world's most difficult treaties. Given the failed policies of the Bush administration and the generally poor opinion most nations, especially the Middle East have of the United States, Carter’s endorsement can be seen as a great positive in these war torn nations.

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. Ray in Florida

    No "Informed Voter from Florida" the worst president ever is still in the White House and answers to the name GW. get your facts straight..... and one more thing, Jimmiy Carter is still a super delegate vote for Obama, that Hi liar y would have loved to have.

    OBAMA 08/12

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. patricia bartlett

    He wasn't a disaster. He inherited a mess. We had a budget surplus when he left office and Reagen made quick work to give us the deficit we now have in triplicate. Thanks be to the Republicans for that!

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Dan

    What a good year this has and will be. I'd like to thank Senators Clinton and Obama for the millions of dollars they have taken from liberals and spent on our nation's economy. The only way to top off seeing Clinton lose in June and Obama lose in November is that if Clinton runs as VP and they BOTH lose in November.

    I'm from Illinois and I have not seen Obama produce anything significant in this state that is bipartisan. His elections here were shoe-ins. His naivety is evident in his foreign policy pilosophy and his view of racial equality.

    This good country will see through him easily this election and there is no way he can get elected. He is effective at self-promotion for sure but not sure what experience he could glean from his past that will qualify him to lead our country. He should spend about 20 years in local politics and get some experience in something other than reading speeches like actually DOING something and then, maybe, he might have a chance at running for President. But wait, I just remembered that Michelle warned the country that this may be our, "only chance" to elect him. Oh no! Talk about an attitude of entitlement.

    Hey, maybe Obama and Carter can go talk to Hamas, Iran, and North Korea together!

    June 3, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Nov payback

    So... that really proves how out of touch with middle America the left wing nut jobs in the Democratic party really are.

    I miss Hill already.

    Thank God I can still vote for her in Nov.

    I never vote for losers.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Chris

    Wow, this is a shining endorsement, this guy was worse than George W...

    Anyway, all the immature and venomous remarks towards Republicans made by Democratic fanbois has really made the election decision for me.

    Thanks for helping me decide to NOT vote for Obama.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. DragonTat2

    Bush is by far the worst president ever.
    Sky high food and fuel– the basics of life. A senseless war costing lives and American dollars– while our infra-structure continues to crumble.

    Carter wasn't necessarily shiny, but he wasn't that bad.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Emoney

    Oh stop the hating...its people like you with thoughts like yours that our dividing our party...grow up and shut up
    The worst president.. Please! I recommend you google Jimmy Carter and read what he's done for voting reform...something your technically "informed" on 🙂 Excellent choice President Carter!!!
    Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Hillary for President or No Vote

    Honestly, who cares! You are not a big deal. I made a BIG mistake when I voted for you and have always regretted it! Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame–especially those who were not "politically successful", those who didn't get an administrative job with Bill Clinton and those that just plain want to be noticed! No one wants to be left out! How comical!

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. aware

    You never were too bright sir!

    However, America will not install the Black Liberation Theology Obama family in the White House!

    Black Liberation Theology is Anti-American, anti-white, and it keeps black Americans in victim/hate mode while it shovels guilt on white Americans. This is a real money maker for the big time pastors but if you look at the Trinity celebration of racist rhetoric, you will see what it is doing to America! 🙁

    Another shoe will drop! 🙂

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Ian

    Which one is Obama again? All three candidates are so similar, it's hard to tell them apart.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Davis in NC

    To Informed voter from florida: You must be one of those bitter voters Obama spoke so truthfully about. Jimmy Carter is hardly the worst president we've ever had, there are several who have greater claim to that title, including the man in the White House as we speak. No, this endorsement is not exaclty earth-shattering news, but it is consistent with the trend over the last 24 hours, that being undeclared superdelegates coming out for Barack Obama. This historic nomination race is almost over, and I will miss the drama, but as exciting as it has been, we've really been wasting precious time; now we must get to work on the general election campaign, and take no vote for granted.

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. DMS-AKA

    Has she even conceded yet....?

    The nerve....

    The arrogance.....

    Like the prist said" she thinks she's entitled.......

    Obama /Sebelius

    June 3, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. DOH!!!


    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Pat in Cali

    President Carter was not the worst president. George W Bush is.

    And if you Clinton supporters think the quality of your lives will improve under McBush, you need to wake up.

    If Clinton stages a floor fight in November she will lose and her future in politics will be over. So those of you who are encouraging her, you're not helping her. Her campaign manager does not want to get off the payroll, so, yeah, he wants her to keep fighting. But you supporters, if you really "love" her, help her to not splinter the Democratic party and destroy her future in the process.

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Non Sense

    My time will come in Nov.

    That is when my vote will finally be counted.

    i will write in HRC- because of the three choices she is by far the better and more qualified leader.

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. AndreG

    If the country had listen to "The worst president we've ever had" we would be well on our way to energy independence.

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Joseph in PA

    Dear "Informed" voter from Florida,

    I believe the honor of "worst president" goes to our current president, I mean "Emperor" George W.

    If you consider yourself informed, perhaps you should reconsider your sources.

    President Carter, while not having the most successful administration, governed the country during incredibly difficult times and will always be remembered for bringing Egypt and Israel to the peace table. The man is a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

    President Bush II will be remembered for a failed foreign policy, failed economics, failed domestic policies like Katrina, ethics violations, and supporting corporate greed. Perhaps if we are lucky, he will not be remembered at all.

    Carter's endorsement of Obama is just icing on the cake, but the icing is oh so wonderfully sweet!

    Obama '08

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. andrew s

    time to unite beihnd obama and Hillary to defeat bush third time

    June 3, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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