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Carter Calls Edwards
'Appealing' Candidate

Hillary Clinton may soon not be the only candidate with an ex-president on her side. Jimmy Carter heaped praise on former North Carolina Senator John Edwards at a joint appearance on Wednesday, calling him "a candidate whom I really admire," although he said it was too early for an endorsement.

"I can say without equivocation that no one who is running for president has presented anywhere near as comprehensive and accurate a prediction of what our country ought to do in the field of environmental quality, in the field of health care for those who are not presently insured, for those who struggle with poverty," Carter said in Americus, Ga., at his alma mater, Georgia Southwestern State University.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the former peanut farmer turned president said of Edwards, "I think he is a very appealing candidate, especially for rural voters."

That Carter would heap praise on Edwards, rather than Hillary Clinton is not entirely surprising, as Carter and former President Clinton are not personally close. Will Carter's embrace help Edwards? In 2004, a few days before the Iowa caucuses, the former president hosted and praised former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who went on to finish third in the Hawkeye State.

With his writing and extensive travel, Carter remains a controversial figure and was sharply attacked even by Democrats for a book he wrote last on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict last year called "Palestine Peace not Apartheid" that many complained was anti-Israeli. But in the Democratic primary, he's not a bad ally on your side. A Gallup poll earlier this year found 81 percent of Democrats approved of Carter, compared to 89 percent for former President Clinton.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Washington Post editors  |  August 30, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
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Jimmy a great President? I had no idea there were so many delusional leftists in the country. God save America!

Posted by: tnpmaze | September 4, 2007 9:06 AM | Report abuse

The talk of Reagan supporters prolonging the hostage crisis to get elected is ridiculous. Has just as much traction as Roosevelt letting the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor to get us in the World War II or Bush knowing about the hijackers before 9/11. Carter a great President? The hostages would probably still be held in Iran.

Posted by: plumerjr | September 2, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Carter a Great President???? These people who think that is true were obviously not alive in this country. My most "fervent" memories are lines at the gas station, American hostages in Tehran, eighteen per cent prime rates, and, oh yeah, Billy beer.
Thanks to Carter, van Buren will no longer be the worst Prez.

Posted by: rhaump | August 30, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

WOW. It's maybe a good thing that the libs abort their young after reading this stuff. Carter was a disaster as president (although a nice person back then) and Edwards is anything but appealing to most people unless you really really like his haircut. Gee I hope I didn't make his wife mad with that comment.

Posted by: CM1515 | August 30, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The greatest "windfarm" in our nation exists today
in Washington D.C. Harness the blow hards in both
houses of congress, plus the oval office and you
would replace electricity immediately.

Posted by: commishiv | August 30, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter is a truly great man, and he was a far better President than we have now. I'm supporting Edwards because I think he's a good candidate, and more electable than either Hillary or Obama. It was a tragedy when Reagan beat Carter in 1980, and set our country on the tragic course that the GOP has set. Corporatism, War for Profit, and a disdain for the poor (tinged with racism), that's Reagan's legacy enhanced and taken to the extreme by Bush & Cheney.

Posted by: jsquires | August 30, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I have always thought that Jimmy Carter was the most moral president of the 20th century--that could have been his political undoing. He was a statesman in an office traditionally held by politicians. Looking at his legacy since he left office, I agree with others here, history will surely judge him kindly.

By the way, Ohio's governor (Democrat Ted Strickland) just yesterday proposed an alternative energy system that depends heavily upon wind power.

Posted by: rjfair | August 30, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Edwards not only understands the problems in America and has the most detailed plans to solve them, he is telling us the truth about the war. There is no honor in fighting or winning an unjustified war. And Edwards is doing all that he can to end the war. Before he was elected, Jimmy Carter told us that he would never lie to us, and he did not. He was the anti-Bush.

Posted by: edshipwash | August 30, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

B_w_n: Texas and California have windfarms and lots of them. At least 12% of CA's stationary power is from wind farms.

A Republican Land Commissioner in TX is the strongest proponent of wind farms in the southwest and TX keeps adding more miles of giant wind generators. President Carter had nothing to do with it, either way.

Instead, local communities along the coasts fight offshore wind generators because they are said to spoil the view. Ted Kennedy
is a spokesman against wind generators for Martha's Vineyard. There are also environmentalists of the bird loving stripe who worry, not without factual basis, that birds will self-destruct against the powerful blades spinning at a tip velocity of 105 mph.

To increase wind power options, think locally, not globally.

I credit Carter for the Begin-Sadat Accord; but having lived through the devastating high interest rates and the mishandling of the hostage crisis I voted for John Anderson in 1980, an independent republican. I think Carter's Presidency was a failure, but GWB has made it look better, in hindsight.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | August 30, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I've been focusing on Edwards all along. Now, because of my great respect for President Carter, I can see even more clearly that this is the corrct choice. I am not surprised at Carter's comments. I believe that he is one of our greatest presidents and will be viewed this way in history. We need to clear away the insidious smokescreen of rightwing political persons who have often succeeded in deceiving the public.

Posted by: fhshively | August 30, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Edwards is very lucky to have Carter on his side. Dean did not loose because of Carter however Hillary Clinton still has the upperhand. Having former president Clinton on her side really gives her an advantage even though president Clinton didn't always make the right choices. However Edwards ideas and plans are what are getting him support from Carter.

Posted by: jrobles | August 30, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

By the way, I really like Carter.

There is not a bone of mal intent in that man - while bush is a compelte sellout to big energy ? Carter ? has back bone - if you look at humanity as a whole, he's part of it's spine, not it's XYZZY_INSERT_HERE.

btw- Fox News ? Linda ? you still over there ? thanks for the IPV6 tunnel into the system.

Posted by: Bushes_worst_nightmare | August 30, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

hey krusequirk

previous post.

I agree. Had we listened to Carter, we'd probably have wind farms by now, and a far greater sense of community that is more guided than divided (not to sound like Jesse, but I love how he ryhmes).

Posted by: Bushes_worst_nightmare | August 30, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm 1/2 tempted to agree, Edwards has some appeal to the benefit of our community nationstate.

One thing for sure - Fox News sure HATES John Edwards, any chance to run Edward's with black folks - only because Fox News right now has a behind the scenes agenda to 'fear the black man'

Fox News seeks to destroy Edwards - it's a slow smear campaign. I think in the end ? if America were a plane that crashed ? we'd eat the Foxxers first only because they seek to divide us, keep us in raging fear and panic, all the while - reminding us that Edwards hair cut ran $ ?

It's sad, and frustrating to grow in intelligence in my life and witness such placative insolence from those that that 'ended' up having the power to 'experiement' with the general population.

John Edwards may be Carter favored, I'd rather re-elect Carter

Hell, let's think about this actually - we could pick up where we left off.

Considering Bush provokes enough to actually CAUSE - not a 'terror' attack, but a 'response' from PROVOKING certain peoples beyond any tolerance ?

I'd say looking back, Carter wasn't as GOP likes to say (not Bob Dole - I've spoken with and he's actually NOT anti-carter- Bob Dole is A. OK. in my book)- spineless - Carter chose a path that did not seek to provoke - and I think we all inheritied the fruits of what I like to call - SMARTER thinking systems.

Posted by: Bushes_worst_nightmare | August 30, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I fully expect, or should I say, "have a strong gut feeling," that John Edwards will receive the endorsement of these four men:

Jimmy Carter
Bill Bradley
Mario Cuomo
Al Gore

If Americans had listened to Carter, we wouldn't be addicted to foreign oil right now.

Reagan rolled into the White House on the backs of big oil, and one of the first things Reagan did was take down the solar panels that Carter had installed on the roof of the White House.

As an aside, before some knuckleheads come here and try to make fun of Jimmy Carter:

Too many people always believe the lie.

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get it's pants on.

Members of the Reagan campaign had agreements with the Iranians to hold the hostages until after the election in exchange for weapons, because the Reagan campaign's internal polling showed that Reagan would not beat Carter if the hostages were released, but Carter would be damaged if they weren't, according to some like Barbara Honecker.

It worked. Carter lost. The hostages were released. The reich-wing spin was that it was because "Reagan was so tough."
The rest is history.

And for many, Carter's still ridiculed even though the man was right about so much with respect to the energy crisis, and one of the early political victims of the Bush crime family.

Carter will go down as one of the greatest men to ever occupy the Oval Office once he dies, and it's unfortunate that for many in this country, the reich-wing slime machine that brought down his Presidency has rewritten history to glorify Reagan who Bush tries to model his Presidency after -- Reagan didn't have a Republican Congress to give him most of what he wanted or a 9/11 to make the opposition toe the line -- and ridicule the Nobel Peace Prize winning, Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: OEST | August 30, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I really don't think Carter's praise of Howard Dean was the thing that lost Dean the nomination.

Bottom line is Carter remains our most effective ex-President, fashioning a legacy that will truly go beyond his lifetime.

And...Georgians didn't seem to mind Carter's praise of Edwards:

Posted by: grannyhelen | August 30, 2007 7:37 AM | Report abuse

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