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. Roland

    Thank you President Carter!

    YES WE CAN!

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. ENOUGH

    Ding dong the Witch is Dead.
    Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
    Ding dong the Wicked Witch is Dead!

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. GL, Bend, OR

    Thank you President Carter.

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Timothy

    It's about time. Congratulations Obama! We did it!

    YES WE CAN!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. WOMAN THAT BELIEVES HILLARY IS A PARTY SPOILER!

    I always liked Carter. Thank you Sir!

    I DO NOT WANT HILLARY AS VP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. proud army and navy mom

    about time

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. JJ

    From one inexperienced dreamer to another, what else in new. McCain is going to wipe the floor with O and Hillary will make sure of it.

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. used to want Hillary

    Thank you Mr. Carter. I want this over when the polls close tonight. There is a lot of healing to do. I just came to my senses about Hillary. It is very sad to see that she is really only doing this for herself because if she cared about us she would have stopped this long ago.

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Mohamed

    OBAMA 08

    June 3, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Karen

    obviously indicating a fight with Clinton is still going on. Clintons, what a shame!

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. David, Cape Town, South Africa

    FINALLY!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Rick Maryville TN

    Big surprise...

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Zman

    YES

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Cathy

    Who cares!

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Michelle rocks

    Well, i will follow the lead and example set by Michelle Obama.

    She did not feel any Obligation to support the Democratic Party or its eventual nominee (unless it was her hubby).

    When asked, if she would vote for Hillary Clinton, were Clinton the nominee of the democratic party, Michelle Obama said that she would have to think about it.

    By the logic of the Obama supporters, that would make Michelle not a TRUE democrat, and a traitor to her party and her country. I guess she deserves all the hater labels of racist, selfish, ignorant, mindless, stupid, inbred, moron, murderer etc etc..

    Well, all you Obama supporters accepted Michelle's opinion without question and without any criticism.

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Democrats Unite Against 3rd Bush Term

    Thank You Mr. President!!!

    Hurry up though... we need to declare victory today and begin uniting the party pronto!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. rob

    It has begun! McCain your'r up!

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. t-bone

    Has Jimmy Carter lost his mind, all the way around? Seriously!

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. BHO

    Have you heard that John McCain served a five-year sentence in prison? Can't wait til the media pick up on this one!

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Illinois

    ooohh, big suprise there. He's been pushing Obama for months. And he also went to meet with Hamas' people under the urging of Obama. Two peas in a pod, those two guys. If this guy gets in office, it will be a disaster for our country. The terrorists will be having a field day.

    June 3, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. berksdan

    Why wait? Why not make your statement now Pres Carter?

    June 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Andrew

    Of course, he doesn't want to be the guy who only won 3 states in the general election against Reagan. He would rather Obama be remembered as the guy who only won 2 states against McCain.

    June 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. really?

    What a shocker.

    Will Michelle Obama vote for Obama too?

    Or does she have to think about it like the rest of us democrats?

    June 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. james

    Another loser ...
    He hopes Obama can do more than he could as a leftist extremist.

    June 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. AMERICANS ARE HIRING

    Another SUPERDELEGATE with good sence is joinging the ticket.
    Way to go Mr President.

    June 3, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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