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. vote4me

    I don't think BO don't give a KO punch... IF he wins. To the Obamaniacs congrats... IF he wins.

    I'm sitll waiting for a news from 'sweetie' Chelsea. Sweetie CheLsea is hot! hot! so I vote for Hllary.

    GO 'SWEETIE' CHELSEA, VOTE FOR HILLARY!

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Bill PA

    Carter needs a new brain......................

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. BH

    What took him so long?

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. H Martin

    Nick – Couldn't agree with you more.

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. Bill PA

    Where is Jimmy Carter's brother?

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Lora B.

    Obama presidency = Carter presidency = worse democrat president this century. No wonder he supports Obama – it takes one to know one!

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Sue Abraham

    Carter and obama, got endorsed by hamas ,good for both of them

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Alexandra

    Oh boy

    June 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. CGI

    Bush endorsed Obama? I'm sure that would've made the news cycle....

    June 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. 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 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. David Buddingh in Naperville, IL

    I meant Andrew Johnson, now that was the worst president in history.

    Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. christoph

    vote obama, not chelsea's mama!

    June 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Bill

    Two peas in a pod, Carter and Obama.

    What fools these mortals be.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Bill PA

    Jimmy Carter never wanted a women to be President. He is afraid that Hillay would be a much better President then he was. She would be a 2 term President. Carter could only make it 1 term.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Matt

    The worst president ever is George W. Bush followed by his dad. If I was alive back then, I wouldn't have liked George Washing either.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Willie in Kansas

    The most important Sen. Obama has is that of the American people. Another big endorsement for him was that of Warren Buffett. He's not called the oracle for nothing. This Hope thing is like waiting for toys on Christmas Night, I can't wait to vote for Obama en Noviembre.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. I didn't drink the Kool-aid

    A wimp supporting a fraud. Sounds about right.

    June 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Bill PA

    Another piece of garbage backing Obama.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Tom

    If you think Carter is the worst President we've ever had, you need to look up some information about Andrew Johnson, Rutherford Hayes, James Buchanan, and Warren Harding...

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. JJ

    George W. Bush endorsed Obama? Wow. Finally he's done something right.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Sonya

    Good for Carter

    Obama 08

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. Unite

    Are u serious?! Carter the worst president ever??? Have u been sleeping or in a coma for the last 8 years????

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Texas Obamacan

    Thank you Jimmy Carter. He will be a great president for us.

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Liz in SD

    Informed voter from florida–GW has that award SEWWWEDD UP!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. pls dont..

    June 3rd, 2008 3:34 pm ET

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

    Bush was the worst président we've everhad, and he endorsed MCCAIN !

    you obviously are not well informed enough

    June 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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