Carter likes the idea of candidate Huntsman
May 4th, 2011
09:57 AM ET
3 years ago

Carter likes the idea of candidate Huntsman

Washington (CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter called former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman an "attractive" candidate for president in 2012.

Although the one-term president said President Obama will be his choice in the next election, he said Huntsman, who formed a federal political action committee on Tuesday, is "very attractive to me personally." But he added that his "intention is to vote for the Democratic candidate."

Carter, who stirred a controversy in 2009 by saying animosity toward Obama was race-related, said race was also a factor in the so-called "birther" movement.

"I still believe that racial issue is one of the factors, not the only factor, in people accusing President Obama of not being a citizen of America. To delegitimize his administration and his actual election," Carter told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux Tuesday.

Carter said Donald Trump, who has championed the movement, accomplished what he wanted: a jump in national polls.

"Donald Trump was apparently just using it to get publicity for himself and to separate himself from the even more rational Republicans," Carter said.


Filed under: 2012 • Jimmy Carter • Jon Huntsman
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. rusty155

    Who care what Jimmy Carter think , this man as bad as he was should do Is Just stay out of public eye.

    May 4, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    but added that his "intention is to vote for the Democratic candidate."
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    Interesting way of phrasing that Mr. Carter.

    I will be voting for Barack Hussein Obama, the PERSON, not the Party Representative. As will millions of voters from ALL Parties.
    It is NOT the Party that is driving our vote. It is THE MAN.
    HUGE DIFFERENCE.

    May 4, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Huntsman would probably be a sensible choice for the Republican Party. You could almost say a logical choice. But, I have never seen or heard of any decisions or words (except for a few military actions) from the Republican that was based upon logic and common sense. The common theme has always been about profit.

    When capitalism becomes the driving force of a political philosophy, that philosophy is known as imperialism.

    May 4, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. gt

    just to vote for anyone who is in your party is so wrong...it should be the best man or women regardless of party... thats whats wrong with this country now...

    May 4, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Mark from Louisiana

    Are there more than ten people in America who care what carter says?

    May 4, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Wes B.

    I think most clear thinkers now see what a smart man Jimmy Carter was and is. You can look back at things he said during his presidency and see that he knew a lot then, but the country wasn't ready to listen.

    May 4, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. warren smith

    i care
    he was a great man
    and i would vote for him again

    May 4, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Doug

    Mr.Carter sir, Obama 2012! Go with Patriotism! I knew you would. No More "Quick,un-thought out wars! Your to smart to go with "The Crazies" Stay the course.

    May 4, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Bill

    Carter likes Jon Huntsman? That could be the kiss of death for that GOP candidate!

    May 4, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    If didn't know any better I would think the old salty dog is trying to sow division within the Republican rank and file.

    May 4, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. PalmReader

    Coming directly from his recent Obama Administrative position, and considering that Huntsman will have to immediately issue a flip flop of his August 2009 memo praising Obama's remarkable leadership (as well as heaping praise on Hillary) I doubt Huntsman will get past first base this time around. Especially taking into account that 70% of GOPers are hell bent on giving Bush credit for taking down OBL. Best for Huntsman to save himself for a 2016 run.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 4, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. M-AZ

    Wes B. & Warren Smith,

    I could not agree with you more. Mr. Carter was good president. He sounded warnings about energy and oil dependency decades ago. I can't help but wonder where this country and the world would be had people listened to the man. Instead he was made to look weak and inept. His warning was loud and clear during a state of the union address.

    May 4, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Dan J

    Carter voting for "the democrat" over a candidate he likes, who happens to be a republican makes him very loyal to his party, but not loyal to his country.

    May 4, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    gt

    just to vote for anyone who is in your party is so wrong...it should be the best man or women regardless of party...
    -------------------------------------------------–
    On this point, gt, you and I are in complete agreement.
    And that would be "...man or WOMAN" not women, by the way. You're welcome.

    May 4, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. fayse

    Former President Carter was not a bad President. He was just considered to be an outsider and he was not the "chosen" one. The GOP machine ran all over him because they had already picked Ronald Reagan to be the next President. Reagan was not all that great. Bush Sr. was a good man but he really didn't put up very much of a resistance in his bid for reelection. Bill Clinton was the "chosen" one. Bush jr, was groomed for eight years before being elected. Too bad that he didn't have the intelligence to lead. Instead, he let Cheney call the shots.

    May 4, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. James in Columbia

    God, at least Huntsman is a grownup, unlike the rest of these clownshoes we've seen so far. I can imagine a debate between he and Obama as a conversation between statesmen. Plus I wouldn't feel the need to flee the country like I would with Reality President Trump.

    May 4, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Aaron

    Huntsman is the sanest GOP candidate so far. That'll change once he starts running his mouth.

    May 4, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. w l jones

    Mr. Carter always said what he mean and mean what he said as for back as I can remember even before he became govern of Georgia so give the man what he deserve repect as former president.

    May 4, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Poser

    I agree that Huntsman would be a logical and reasonable choice for the GOP. Sadly, being reasonable doesn't resonate with the rabid base which largely determines how candidates make it through the primary process.

    I am guessing that Mitt Romney will be the GOP candidate because it's his turn.

    May 4, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. David B

    I also care what former President Carter thinks. He is an honorable man and decent man who did his best as President. And a man that has performed many acts of diplomacy and good will that have cast the U.S. in a positive light abroad since leaving office. The article states that Carter "said President Obama will be his choice in the next election". I don't know how much more clear that could be!

    May 4, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Earthchild

    I agree, President Carter had a positive vision for this country. His opponents succeded in dicrediting him to distract us from the issues at hand. Kind of similar to what is happening now.

    May 4, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. AK

    Huntsman is there to be a thorn in Mitt Romney's Plans. Both Men cant stand each other. I sense that Cater knows this and is edging it on. LOL

    Obama/ Biden 2012.

    May 4, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. blake

    If Carter is endorsing this man, we can be confident that he is a bad candidate.

    May 4, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wes B.

    I think most clear thinkers now see what a smart man Jimmy Carter was and is. You can look back at things he said during his presidency and see that he knew a lot then, but the country wasn't ready to listen.
    -------------------------------------------------–
    Very true. I liked President Carter. He was (is) a smart, kind, and for the people President.
    He was ahead of his time in some regards, and certainly under-appreciated.
    Americans seem to girate to the 'all flash and no substance' of a Reagan or Bush.
    They keep electing great showmen but not anyone with the capability or willingness to do the work.
    Just my opinion folks, you all can beg to differ.

    May 4, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |