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. Eric in MN

    Keep the SD endorsements coming! I will be in St. Paul tonight to witness the beginning of the General Election!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Jo

    If Obama had not received delegates from Michigan where his name was not even on the ballot and have votes split in Michigan and Florida, he would not have enough delegates. It is a shame when the citizens of the biggest democratic country in the world have election corruption visited on them by the democratic national committee. One man - one vote can no longer refer to this country. We have now joined the Third World, and if Carter endorses Obama, if is endorsing this corruption!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. Kenneth M

    ITS ABOUT @^$^&^ TIME, WHAT THE *&%$@ HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING FOR?

    June 3, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. jimmy velman

    JIMMY CARTER WENT TO TALK TO HAMAS WITHOUT EVEN SO MUCH AS CONSULTING WITH ISRAEL FIRST. HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH ARE FUNDED AND SUPPLIED WITH ORDNANCE BY IRAN

    June 3, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Alfredo

    The truth is that Hillary has the edge over Obama and McCain. She won the big and swing states that have more electoral college votes. needed to win in November.

    Hooray President Hillary!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Bama for Obama

    Jimmy make it Tuesday so we can end this Hillary Clinton lunacy!

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. MW in Oregon

    Carter, the emblem of the "New South" has always been a beacon of hope of brotherhood, overcoming racial divisions in the south. Despite those who are fierce haters , he has always been a peacemaker and a man of strong moral principles. Good for him.

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Dennis

    Like the story suggests, this is not a surprise. However, it gets Senator Obama one delegate closer to being the nominee.

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. faye, NV

    We welcome all to pull together behind our nominee. It is truly an awesome time in history and where this country is headed.

    This truely has been a long process and many things has happen within the party. The end will be a great beginning for the Dems to support Mr. Obama who will represent CHANGE.

    YES WE CAN,

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Mike

    Didnt Carter start meeting with Hamas? Funny how Carter and Hamas both endorse Obama.

    McCain if not Hillary 08

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    YAY !

    CUE ALL THE NASTY COMMENTS...

    he was a loser... kerry, dukakis, blah blah blah...

    i'm gonna vot for mcLame... blah .. blah...

    geez.. just DO it already.. shut up and get the HELL out of my party!

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. jj

    Oh that's a good one, Carter may be a good man, maybe like Obama, BUT he was one lousy President, again maybe like Obama.

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. vote for the best

    Most of us are longing for a third party to represent us.

    I'm not on the right and I'm not a socialist for leftist Obama either.

    My party of 35 years has finally gone too far and has lost my support in NOV.

    Write in Hill for a Nov win.

    Create your OWN best option.

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. wow

    oh please let's move on..peanut farmer...no difference now. it is over you r stressing me out.

    Also Clinton can't be asking for the VP job since she has been claiming she is more qualified than he is. That union will not survive, she will resign or be fired within months

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. TunnelVision

    We've known this for sometime haven't we?
    Let's go Dems

    Obama 08!

    June 3, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Alex

    Carter Senior endorses Carter Junior.... How exciting.

    June 3, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Mccainistooold

    I wish all the superdelegates will come forward and endorse to the candidate of their choice today before SD and montana vote.

    June 3, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Never Obama!

    A loser ex president – endorsing a future loser president.
    Just goes to show the sort of people endorsing this man.

    Can't believe this country is going to witness Obama as a presidential candidate!!

    Dear God save us from Obama!!

    Anything BUT Obama!!

    June 3, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. DOH!

    THANK YOU PRESIDENT CARTER!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. wycliffe, NJ

    Time to unite the party. Time to tell McSAME it is not another time for war.

    June 3, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Mani

    Well late but better then never!!

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. amia

    That's great! We need to start the movement of becoming a united party. NO MORE DIVISION, BILLARY!

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. D 4 DEMOCRACY

    Finally, the public declaration and support of an epitome of change and leader from one of the great and sound minds. Way to go Mr. President!!

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. valerie

    GO CARTER!

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Proud1of 26% in WV

    That endorsement is not peanuts. HaHa

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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