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. John Smith

    Please DO NOT put Hillary on this ticket. I plan to cutoff my contributions, if Hillary is on this ticket! My gush, why are the Clintons so "Power Hungry? Well, Hillary has duped her supporters again; it is always about Hillary!

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. NEVER OBAMA THE LIAR

    I'll be glad when you are six feet under. You are still worthless.

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Jon

    News just in: Carter to die in suicide bombing with Obama and Hamas!

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Valerie - St. Louis, MO

    Nick you are correct!

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Obama Fan

    It's great that all the democratic powerplayers (minus Bill) are coming out for Obama- Dodd, Gravel, Kerry, Edwards, Richardson, Carter. All we need is Gore and Pelosi on board and we can reverse the past 7-8 years.

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Sherry

    AMEN TO THAT NICK!!!! GO OBAMA!!

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. David Ferdinand/New York

    The Worst president in the history of USA is George Bush the 2nd

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. you

    "informed voter from florida" you might the worst person ever in the nation

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  9. Shawn

    It's over. Unless someone shoots Obama tonight, he will be the nominee, and hopefully our next president.

    And I've always liked Jimmy Carter. At least he never tried to lie to us.

    June 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. obama == supporter== arkansas

    welcome sir
    right choice

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Steve in DC

    Informed voter form florida...you dont sound that informed. The person you speak of is our current President...which has endorsed McCain.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. TJP

    Gas shortages, Inflation, Recession, Iranian Hostage Crisis, meets with Hammas – Carter is worse than Bush. Another loser endorses Obama.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Terry

    Carter... Go back to planting and picking peanuts.. Far left is electable in November.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Christopher T. George

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

    The worst president we've ever had is the current president, and he has endorsed McCain.

    Chris

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. akamoke

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

    I believe the Worst President we've ever had has an expiry date of 1-20-2009

    Nice try though

    As for This endorsement, It was a foregone conclusion

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    Good President, too bad most people won't listen to him.

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Miss M/ Nevada

    Carter, who cares about him, he was a lousy President. So now he thinks he can work foreign diplomacy. what a joke!!!!!
    Carter, return to your peanut farm....

    June 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. John Smith

    Hillary has fooled her ACTIVE supporters again!!!! Did she not say she would NEVER accept a V.P. position?

    Please DO NOT put Hillary on this ticket. I plan to cutoff my contributions, if Hillary is on this ticket! My gush, why are the Clintons so "Power Hungry? Well, Hillary has duped her supporters again; it is always about Hillary!

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. mike

    What a surprise. Let's all bash former president Carter and berate Obama at the same.

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Dixie Chick supports Obama

    Thank you President Carter, to the comment above he is better than Bush, whose administration lied about the War. The republican thinks all muslims or arabics are terrorist...dumb dumb...

    Vote Mccain is a Vote for McSame as Bush!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson, Chicago Illinois

    Yeehaw! Oh Happy Day, Oh Happy Day, Oh Happy Day...

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. lil

    Thank you president Carter. You did the right thing. You are a good
    man.

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. New Day

    well, duh!

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. David- Columbia SC

    Yeah the worse president ever is in the white house right now! Come On Over SDs! We're almost there.

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Matt - One of the Proud 28% in WV

    One point for Nick – Arlington, VA. You got that dead on, champ.

    OBAMA'08!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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