June 3rd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Carter to officially endorse Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/03/art.carter.gi.jpg caption=" 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. not so informed

    The worst president we've ever had endorses Obama. Wow. Whoda thunk it?
    Wow, I could have sworn I heard Bush endorse McCain?

    June 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Rick in Florida

    Anyone here remember Spiro Agnew ??? Having liars and crooks in the White House, even as VPs, will tarnish our "new beginning".

    And the nation will be absorbed with Bill's latest scandals instead of focusing on fixing what's wrong.......Hillary for Gov of Puerto Rico !!!

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

    Those of you who keep saying McCain = Bush 3rd term.

    You are showing your ignorance. Do some homework on the candidates!

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

    I am intrigued by Carter endorsement

    June 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Joe B

    Thank goodness I know where Jimmy Carter stands. This just solidifies McCain as the best candidate.

    June 3, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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