President Jimmy Carter Tells Hillary to "Give it Up" (W/Video)
As Hillary continues to vow to stay in the race, the pressure and calls for her to withdraw increase.
President and Superdelegate Jimmy Carter, while hinting at an Obama endorsement, told Sky News that he expects the remaining super delegates to endorse right after the last primary and "at that point [June 3], it'll be time for her to give it up."
"I'm a superdelegate ... I think a lot of the superdelegates will make a decision quite, announced quite rapidly, after the final primary on June 3," he told Sky News.
"I have not yet announced publicly, but I think at that point it will be time for her to give it up," Carter said
President Carter is the first Party Elder to publicly weigh in so directly on calling for Hillary to drop out of the race.
John Edwards recently made the case, shortly before endorsing Obama, that Hillary must decide at which point she's no longer advocating for herself but damaging the party stating, "It's important we get united as a party."
It's expected that other party leaders, such as Al Gore will also issue public statements encouraging Hillary to withdraw, if she continues on beyond June 3rd.
The final primaries are occuring on the heels of Hillary's embarrassing moment where she invoked the assassination of Bobby Kennedy while discussing why she'll remain in the race. Hillary issued an apology for the remarks but it didn't stop a firestorm public criticism:
Hillary remains adament, nonetheless, to remain in the race claiming she can "still win."
By Dan Hart
May 25 (Bloomberg) -- Hillary Clinton, criticized for a reference to the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, said in a New York Daily News commentary she is still campaigning for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination because she believes she is the strongest candidate.
``I am running because I believe I'm the strongest candidate to stand toe-to-toe with Sen. McCain,'' the New York senator wrote in the op-ed piece. Senator John McCain of Arizona has wrapped up the Republican nomination.
``Delegate math might be complicated, but electoral math is not,'' she wrote. The campaign of her rival for the nomination, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, said May 22 that he is only 56 delegates short of the 2,026 needed to secure the nomination. Clinton said she has won in the crucial swing states needed to win the general election, such as Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Clinton wrote that she can still win on the merits, and because ``my parents did not raise me to be a quitter.'' She said that, while ``pundits and politicians'' have called on her to end her candidacy, recent victories in West Virginia and Kentucky show that Clinton is still winning votes from people despite being told the ``race is over.''