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. Steve

    Carter was a horrible president, an endorsement from him is a joke.

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Good maybe they can go to Iran together and talk to whatever his name is. The two of them deserve each other. The worst president and the soon to be worst president.

    June 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Bubba

    Linda Moore = HWW = Hillary's Whinning Women...

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Vera, Canada

    Obama has won the primary on his own, he does NOT need Hillary to win in November. I am glad it is finally over !!!! The "Clintons" and all the Clintonians can now take all their arrogance back home.

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Luke

    No one cares for your VP suggestions.

    June 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. OBAMA_4_PREZ_NO HIL

    Somebody cue the FAT LADY

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Mike D. from San Diego

    Sorry informed voter from Florida...George W. stole the title of "Worst President Ever" from Jimmy Carter about 5 years ago. I'm afraid the worst president ever endorsed John McCain.

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Ilona Proud Canadian

    FOLKS, PLEASE, PLEASE, WAKE UP AND START SMELLING THE COFFEE!

    THIS IS GOING TO BE A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THAT WILL BE WRITTEN IN THE HISTORY BOOKS!

    THIS IS BIG, THIS IS AWESOME, THIS CAN VERY WELL BE AMERICA'S BIG CHANCE TO TURN THEIR COUNTRY AROUND.

    PLEASE TALK TO YOUR FRIENDS, TALK TO YOUR FAMILY, TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS, TALK TO ACQUAINTANCES AND STRANGERS, PLEASE LET THEM KNOW HOW HUGE THIS IS.

    THROW YOUR FULL SUPPORT BEHIND SE.N. OBAMA, NOT 10%, NOT 20%, NOT 50%, BUT 110%!

    THIS MAY JUST BE THE CHANCE, FOR AMERICANS TO SHOW THE REST OF THE WORLD THAT "YES WE CAN" CHANGE OUR COUNTRY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL AMERICANS!

    GOOD LUCK FOLKS, WE WILL BE ROOTING FOR YOU ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

    Sorry about the Caps but this is so huge that I could not resist!

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. tj

    I'm glad Senator Obama is our Presidential nominee. It's about time and for all those who doesn't want to vote for him because he's "black", I say, GET OVER IT. We as African Americans and multi-racial individuals have had to vote for a "white male president of the U.S all of our lives – so get over it; we have and are now going into CHANGE. Obama will be the next President of the USA. It's by divine appointment whether you believe or not. Our troops need to come home to their wives, children, etc. If you want troops to stay in another country fighting, send your husband, son, nephew, boyfriend. My son is in the middle east and I surely want him to return.

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. larry

    What a joke.

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Lorenzo Atlanta, Georgia

    Finally Jimmy! You've jumped on the Obama Express.
    All Aboard!! Next Stop 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

    O-BA-MA ! O-BA-MA ! O-BA-MA !

    YES WE CAN!

    SI SE PUEDE!

    SO ARE YOU FIRED UP? 'CAUSE WE'VE BEEN READY TO GO!!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. eeahd

    This whole thing is a joke. Isn't this suppose to be whats best for the PEOPLE, and we want every VOTE counted. But the party wants Obama. Well in November I wont be voting and if i change my mind it wont be DEMOCRAT. Even if Clinton is VP. I am not going to support this..... and give them the out come they want at our expense. Whats best for our party is to vote and get rid of all these democrats who don't seem to remember that we put them in OFFICE to do what "best for the PEOPLE and not there PARTY." Oh, that's right we have no voice or vote......

    June 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Eleanor

    How sad to insult President Carter Bless him..he has been a strong
    advocate for peace all his political career and still today
    with a nobel peace prize to to back it up
    something you sure cant say for some of these others like BUSH
    who is a war monger!!
    anyone who insults him should be ashamed of themselves
    If they had all strived for world peace the way he has... the world would be in a far better state
    God Bless you President Carter for all the peace around the world
    you have tried to acheive
    Some people do appreciate your endeavors!!!

    June 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. larry

    No way will he beat McCain.,..to many democrates going to vote for him even if Hilary is VP, which i think she should stick her nose up to him.

    June 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. martin

    you waited too long.but,oh well.

    June 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. BJ

    Carter's endorsement is the most limp-wristed one Obama has received. IE, who cares?

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. mel in montana

    LOL Nick!

    President Carter is a statesman, a patriot and a humanitarian. I am sure that Senator Obama welcomes his endorsement.

    YES WE CAN!

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Gary Murphy

    To "Informed Voter from Florida"; Are you kidding? Richard Nixon? Herbert Hoover? Warren G. Harding? Informed?

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Salaam, Lawrence KS

    Welcome Mr. President

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. Daniel, NY, NY

    Carter should just die already...along with Teddy and put us all out of our misery!

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Deb

    I too agree Nick. George W Bush...our worst President. Way to go President Carter.

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. cc

    This is the first time in my life, you have ever dissapointed me. PLEASE DO NOT endorse Obama 😦

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. Carter is as good as Bush

    who cares?

    June 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Tony Jr

    The Dream Ticket is what it is, a dream, it would be a good idea just to see in a history book how there was a ticket with a african american, and a woman, but i really think it would harm Obama, at best I say, Obama should make a ballot poll before elections to see how many of his supporters would still support him if Clinton was VP.
    I'm willing to bet that he'd lose many supporters.

    June 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Giuliano from Montreal

    To Nick;

    zing!

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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