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. The Mind of Old-Man McCain

    Sen. Obama does not, I repeat does not need or want the dysfunctional "Billary" show to defeat the old man of the GOP.

    Polls show he is beating McCain w/o anyone's help.

    Hillary can go back to senate now, if they'll take her, she has burnt many bridges there. Too bad.

    June 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Venus

    Thank you! Welcome to the "O" Team Mr. Carter!

    Go Obama!

    Well... I must say – this is a great way to seal the deal!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Mr M

    Obama can never be beaten this coming Presidentail Election.

    He is what everybody has been waiting for all this time. He is the real deal to make all the changes we've been waiting for to happen!!

    The DREAM TICKET is a GUARANTEED WINNER this november.

    June 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Griff

    Carter.... Pea "Nut's" Say's it all...

    June 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Ed

    All I can say is... birds of a feather flock together.

    June 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Kyra

    Jimmy just wants an invitation to visit the White House and to feel like the elder Statesman, after being shut out for 28 years. Well he ain't no Ben Franklin and Obama ain't no Thomas Jefferson. This is election by the media. The sad truth is that Obama can't deliver the key states, and how could he? He's got no experience. He should stop trying to sound oh so official, like a man 30 years his senior and be honest about his inexperience. He should admit that a pop-cult frenzy is just a media creation, it has nothing to do with his abilities. A case in point, Paris Hilton is famous because she bares it all – no brains, but lots of media coverage. Obama and Paris, now that's a ticket, not the White House but to a place more suited for their experience – Petticoat Junction.

    June 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. shame

    The disgrace of the Democratic party is now complete.

    Watch the defection rate over the next few weeks.

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    Ah, another man of integrity. Something that we need more of in America.

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. William

    It really would help if these people would let the votes be counted (if only for show) in Montana and South Dakota before making these statements. It is ironically an "appeasement" to camp Clinton and to say that all states had a chance to vote. Democrats appear just insane as Republicans but on the other end of the spectrum.

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Ivar

    Well!!! Just about 30 left for Obama to seal the deal. I strongly feel trhat Obama should not even consider any form of deal with Hillary if he wants to keep his image intact

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Republican for Obama

    It's difficult for a Republican to say but, thank you Jimmy...you peanut head.

    Obama '08

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. CLEAN

    “give it up.”

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Will from NYC

    Hillary will try to move the goal posts... she's can't play fair. Makes her a poor presidential and vice-presidential candidate. Because she never saw a rule she liked.

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. deborah

    Obama please

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Deb

    He will loose this November with this endorsement!

    I remember the Carter years and they were the worse!

    Another Left wing loser without any experience who took our country down!

    We can't afford to have another 4 years of hardship!

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. pam

    Ummmm, well considering that Obama will pretty much be the same kind of all talk no results president that Carter was, NO SURPRISE!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Clinton Supporter

    Whatever.

    June 3, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. deborah

    OBAMA PLEASE

    June 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. no spin and straight talk for Obama 08

    knowing when to bow out takes integrity and wisdom. but someone who is mostly self-serving wouldn't know when and how.

    June 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Anne - VA

    Whoo Hoo!!!

    We are "Fired up and ready to go"!!!

    OBAMA TO THE WHITE HOUSE...

    June 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Hillary Clinton

    Barack Obama is not a radical Muslim terrorist.......as far as I know.

    June 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Dems Unite

    Let's close this by tomorrow so Obama can fully take on McBush.

    June 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Michael

    Good for Carter.

    YES WE CAN!!!!

    June 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Viet Nam Vet

    Clinton is going to convince all the SD's that she is the best condidate to beat McCain. After all She has more of the popular vote(arguable)
    Fact: 2000 General Election-Kerry 50,999,897
    Shrub 50,456,002

    Difference 543,895 Kerry Wins!

    Nope Electoral College (SD's) Kerry -266
    Shrub-271

    Bush Wins :>( (I've been frowning for 7+ years Nuff Said?

    June 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Quinn

    Democrats Unite! 08!

    Obama WILL pick Hillary...and the Democrats will win!

    Bank on it!

    June 3, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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