Washington (CNN) - Walter Mondale, vice president during the Carter administration, has some advice for President Obama if he wants to win a second term: drop the teleprompter.
"He's got to connect with the American people," Mondale said, in an interview with CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
"The American people have to feel that the president senses the suffering they're going through and wants to be a part of the solution."
One major issue Mondale spotlighted was Obama's use of teleprompters when delivering speeches.
"He uses these idiot boards to read speeches [o]n television and I think he loses the connection," Mondale said.
To improve, Mondale suggested that Obama should do more "backyard events where he gets in close with a small group," which is a strategy the White House has employed recently with the President.
Doing so, Mondale said, will "transmit the fact that he feels for people."