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. Pot is black

    Makes no matter.

    We all knew the DNC had picked Obama and would install him in the end by strong-arming the superdelegates to rally to Obama's side to create the illusion of strength and unity.

    Count this free-thinking true democrat out. I don't sell out my vote and give the nod of approval to fixed elections and swiftboating your own best candidate.

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Washington state

    I very proud to be an American...better days on the way.

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Hill.Bill.y

    Carter, you are the man.

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    who cares!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Informed voter from florida

    The worst president we've ever had endorses Obama. Wow. Whoda thunk it?

    June 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. The Austrian

    And why wouldn't he? Obama does not bring change. He will be Carter 2.0.

    June 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Pam

    AP is reporting that according to their delegate totals, Obama has clinched the nomination. Why isn't CNN reporting this?

    June 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. peach

    Now I know Carter is senile!!

    June 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Carl from va

    the trickle becomes a flood...

    June 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    MAYBE GOOD OR MAYBE BAD, TIME WILL TELL. JUST ONE MORE FOR CHANGE AND HOPE. NOW THE WORLD HAS SOME HOPE FOR CHANGE.

    June 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Dave, Laguna Niguel, California

    Wll there's a big surprise . . .

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    Carter's endorsement comes with America enemies as well so who cares!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Mike

    Glad to have you aboard Pres. Carter!

    All aboard the Obama train to victory!

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. D.

    Where are the others, please? Let's get this Democratic foundation poured so we can build the roads to the White House.

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Boy

    I hope this is a time for party unity against John McCain

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Jo

    We have now joined the Third World. Half votes and giving delegates to a person who was not even on the ballot. If Carter endorses Obama, he is endorsing election corruption!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. MartaK-Florida

    but of course! Everyone wants to back a winner!

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. unions are not stupid

    Thank Mr President! you may not have done your best in office for this country but I always believed you had the best intentions! I wish you would take up a leadership position over young people within the party they will need your guidance so they can stand up and take your place and many others like Sen Byrd in the party when you all are gone. Your service to the people of America and your party will not be forgotten in any way whatsoever!

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Matt CO

    JIMMY YOU THE MAN!!!!! YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT!

    OBAMA 08

    June 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. 2008/2012 No Pres.No V P 4 Mc Clinton

    Thank You and Thank you

    Please NO HILLARY FOR V P / Thats a NO VOTE / OMG she is a rotten LEMON need I say more? She is problems BIG ONES>

    June 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Phil From VA

    TY Mr President. Let all the super delegates come out tonight and end this. Hillary is trying to hold the DNC as hostage. She is $30 Million in debt and looks desperate.

    June 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Joseph Adewole

    We all love you GranPa.

    June 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Rick

    From one of our worst presidents – whooopppeeee. I hope he's not endorsing 7% inflation, 7% unemployment and mortgage rates up to 16%. And we think we have it bad now.

    BTW, just saw Hillary is open to being Obama's VP. Hope that's only a one-way opening.

    June 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Marla

    YES!! im so glad he is ready to make a choice.. HOPEFUL that all the other super's will come on and jump on the Train. LETS GO DEM PARTY!! ON board to the WHITE HOUSE! whoooo hooooooo.... yeahhhhhhh!!

    OBAMA/EDWARDS 08'

    June 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Army Vet for Barack

    Welcome, President Carter.

    U-ROCK OBAMA 08'/12'

    June 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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