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. Unempressed voter

    Bush endorses McCain

    Carter endorses Obama

    Clinton has a biased opinion and endorses Hillary

    I don't think ex president endorsements carry much weight in this election and are probably unwanted lol

    June 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Bush Endorsed Obama??

    Informed voter from Florida....when did Bush come out to endorse Obama?

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

    Carter is somewhere in the dusky twilight between irrelevancy and political kryptonite. I think he should do all dems a favor and keep his endorsements to himself.

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

    Jimmy Carter has done more for this country than you Informed Voter from florida. And I agree with Nick from Arlington, VA. Definitely, Bush is the worst president in US history and he has done more damage to this country than anything you can imagine. You need a savior like Obama to help us recover than McCain. He will do exactly what Bush has done..... Destroy us

    June 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. CJ Texas

    I can't understand you calling President Carter our worset.
    Mr informed voter from FL. it is very clear that you no nothing about politics I think you need to get politics 101 for dummies

    June 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Cedric

    WRONG AGAIN

    Both Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush receive the Toiliet Bowl Award for flushing the country down the comode!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Jeff in Alabama

    Arguably one of the least effective Presidents in our history. Jimmy, watch while Obama/Clinton show how to be an effective administration.

    June 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. Dale

    Nice one Nick, although Democrats are going to need to campaign hard to win Florida. Obama will have to give it a lot.

    June 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Dena in SC

    That's right–look at Bush's approval rating (28 %). He has gotten us into a war by trickery and has cost 4,000 American lives! You are now truly "an informed voter from florida".

    June 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Paul

    I think this is great. Carter turned out to be a wonderful person with a heart and sometimes that does not work in the white house. But we know for sure that an idiot will not work in the white house. Bush is by far the worst president in the history of the world. What a joke and McCain should be banned from washington forever for signing on with "W". W as in worst president ever!

    June 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. Pol

    Thank you, sir. You keep making a difference in the world even if it is sometimes controversial.

    June 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Nick – Arlington, VA June 3rd, 2008 3:58 pm ET

    no informed voter from florida….the worst president we ever had endoresed McCain…his name is George W. Bush"
    ---------
    I agree. Carter was ineffective against the Iranian hostages, and the economy was a mess – but at least Carter didn't start an illegal war that he couldn't finish!

    June 3, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  13. David

    Good man, good choice

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Paris

    Nick please read some history the world knows Carter as the worst president in US history.

    Bush didn't legitimize terrorist like Hamas and people that kill
    Americans.

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. Celeste

    The worst president we've ever had is George W. Bush - McCain, if elected will be the 2nd worst. I can't imagine anyone being worse than Bush.

    Lord knows we need Obama!!

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Brian, NJ

    Carter, W. Bush, Hoover...sounds like a three way tie to me for worst.

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Jerry

    Now that its irrelevant YAWN.

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Larry, GA

    Thank you Nick of Arlington, VA.

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. matt

    apparently nick is to young to know of jimmeny crickets wonderful accomplishments. i personally was almost a hostage in iran thanks to the peanut farmer. nothing like a weak policy in the middle east to make America look bad.

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That could be the kiss of death for Obama's campaign. The Republicans would use that so many ways and compair the two so it looks like Obama is going to do what Carter wants. I guess the Democrats can counter with McCain is using Bush's foreign policy and economic policies; many of them have failed to work well.

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Steven(Ontario, California)

    Um, to be fair Carter is no where near worst. While I think Bush's legacy will be forever viewed as Negative, I think history will say he was at worst, a below average president. How about someone like Andrew Johnson as worst president?

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Donna

    The worse President? I think Bush has that title won!!!

    It's not a surprise the Carter is endorsing Barack..just another reason for us to unite as Democrats and focus on November....

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Tom

    President Carter thanks for meeting with the terrorist group Hamas.
    I can see why you are endorsing Barack Obama. Because apparently the both of you just love to hang out with terrorists and put our country at risk.

    June 3, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. Nathan Johnson

    To Informed voter from Florida:

    The worst U.S. President is in office now. Also, I do not see any Nobel Peace Prizes hanging on HRC's wall!

    June 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Matt CO

    Yeah informed florida take a walk across the hall and hang out with your Neo Facist pals if you think Carter was the worst president.

    June 3, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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