Former President Jimmy Carter and former Vice President Al Gore have held talks recently. Sources are indicating that these private talks are in regards to the need for Clinton to step down. As Clinton’s lead in Pennsylvania dwindles, her chances of seizing the necessary delegate votes shrinks from slim to none.
Chris Stephen of The Scotsman reports, April 13, 2008:
Former president Carter and former vice-president Gore have already held high-level discussions about delivering the message that she must stand down for the good of the Democrats.
“They’re in discussions,” a source close to Carter told Scotland on Sunday. “Carter has been talking to Gore. They will act, possibly together, or in sequence.”
An appeal by both men for Democrats to unite behind Clinton’s rival, Barack Obama, would have a powerful effect, and insiders say it is a question of when, rather than if, they act. Obama has an almost unassailable lead in the battle for nomination delegates, and is closing the gap with Clinton in her last stronghold, Pennsylvania, which votes on April 22.
Clinton remains publicly defiant, insisting she will continue the battle with Obama all the way to the Democratic convention in August â€“ when superdelegates, or party top brass, will have the chance to add their weight to primary votes.
But the party’s top brass have concluded her further participation in the race can only harm the party as Republican nominee John McCain strives to take advantage of her increasingly bitter battle with Obama.
Both Carter and Gore occupy the rarefied position of elder statesmen â€“ in addition to their White House past, both are winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, giving them additional gravitas to carry the party with them.
If Al Gore and Jimmy Carter join together and demand that Hillary Clinton cease her bid for the White House, this could carry significant weight. Presumably they would do this privately. Another route would be that Carter and Gore would together publicly endorse Barack Obama. In any event, this dual decision will make significant waves across the Democratic circuit. Already top Democratic officials like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are putting pressure on Hillary Clinton. With the Pennsylvania election drawing near and her numbers still not where they need to be, a twin-endorsement by these two men could spell Clinton’s last primary.