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. Sandy

    A DEM IS A DEM IS A DEM IS A DEM NO MATTER WHAT! THIS IS NOT A SHOCK. I'M GLAD HE DID.

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Bob Chisolm

    Wow, the kiss of death.

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Obama is the 1

    Worst Prez? George W. Bush and let's give a big kick in the rear to his brother Jeb too. Informed voter from Florida must be a republican!

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

    About time.

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. GREAT!

    Now all be need is Bill !

    June 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Shane

    Your actually not an informed individual about world politics as well as U.S politics Mr. informed voter from florida.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. redbug - ohio

    Nick- Arlington, VA I couldn't agree more. bush is the worse and mcbush sorry mccain is the 2nd. We are ready for a REAL AND POSITIVE change.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Ralph

    Oh WOW...another Carter!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Bobbie in Arizona

    Your support is greatly appreciated . . .

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. nick

    no Nick – Arlington, VA, Bush had the guts to do the right thing even if it was unpopular, that's what leadership is about. Jimmy on the other hand couldn't keep a steering wheel straight in a parking lot!

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. DENISE

    I'm so sick of people of Florida running their mouths about Obama. When you guys can get your elections running in the same way that the rest of the counrty does ( without a big mess and alot of bla bla bla ) then I will listen to you. All you Dems down there need to worry about who you put in the state government then maybe your problems will stop. Untill then I don't want to hear your "count my vote" and "boo hoo poor FL. is disenfranchised again" kind of stuff any more.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Jeff Radun

    Who cares. I am a jew and he Carter supports Hammas so Obama Hammas the same thing

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Firm Supporter of Obama

    It's about Time.....

    OBAMA 08/12

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. ed

    he can get all the endorsements he wants he can't beat McCain because clinton supporters will write her in in nov. and she will beat both of them.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. andrew s. rostolder

    carters endorsement is like winning the rasberry award as the worst singer..........

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. veronica

    Thanks Carter, He is a great man and endorsing a great man!

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Trenchtownrock

    Informed voter from Florida are you out of your mind? the worst president is the chest bumping, clown face making, tap dance mickey mouse who currently hides in the White House. LETS GO OBAMA!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Frank

    Carter was a disgrace of a President as much as George W. Bush has been. Now each Party can state that they have had one disgraceful President.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Bitter in Texas

    Thanks, Jimmy. Now, let's get this show on the road.

    June 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. Sean

    Informed voter from florida: bitter? If he had endorsed Clinton, you wouldn't shut up about how important of an endorsement it is. Fortunately, it's not up to you personally to determine the importance of an endorsement.

    June 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Anna

    Informed voter from florida, oops you got it wrong, the worst president of United States is GWBUSH.

    June 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Tee

    INFORMED VOTER FROM FLORIDA

    GEORGE BUSH IS THE WORST PRESIDENT WE EVER HAD
    DO YOU SEE WHAT STEALING THE ELECTION HAS DONE FOR US.

    June 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Linda

    First of all thank you President Carter and yes you are correct, Hillary being on the ticket will not help the party at all. Hillary and Bill have to much drama. They have already started to report on Bill's womanizing again and we cannot forget Monica and other women. Obama can handle foreign policy and someone who can enhance like Sen Nunn or others would be great.

    June 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Walt

    You tell em Nick. Bush is the worst president any country has ever had.

    June 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Sabrina

    Did anyone with half a brain think he was'nt? This is'nt news. McCain in2008.... Hillary 2012

    June 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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