Carter to address Democratic convention
August 7th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
9 years ago

Carter to address Democratic convention

(CNN) - Former President Jimmy Carter will deliver remarks via video at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina this September, the convention's committee announced Tuesday.

"Rosalynn and I regret that we will be unable to be at the Democratic Convention this year in Charlotte. However, we remain steadfast in our support for President Obama and the progress he will make in the next four years," Carter, 87, said in a statement released by the committee.

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While the former president did not address the 2008 convention in Denver, he appeared in a video about Hurricane Katrina, then walked on stage to wave to the audience.

Democratic National Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa praised the former president in a statement as "one of the greatest humanitarian leaders of our time."

"A lifelong champion of human rights and investments in education and energy to spur economic development, President Carter will provide unique insight into President Obama's ability to move our country forward and why we need his vision and leadership for a second term," Villaraigosa said in a statement.

Since his unsuccessful re-election bid in 1980, the 39th president has dedicated his time to working on global human rights issues. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. truth hurts

    carter will be thanking obama profusely for getting his name off of the worse president in the history of the country trophy. nobody ever thought jimmy carter would ever be surpassed for buffoonery but obama has proven up to the task.

    August 7, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Anna

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA – this is too easy. Perfect selection for that group of nuts!

    August 7, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. 4JULY1776

    Norma Vessels: "I don't get it ... just about every good thing that's been done for the average American, came from a Democratic president,"

    Well, let me explain it to you Norma.....all the programs the Democrats have put in place take money from people who actually went out and worked for it, then hands it to those who did not. Do you "get" how that might irritate those of us who actually do the work in this country?

    Also....their massive bloated handout programs are bankrupting our country. Our credit rating has already been downgraded, yet they insist on even MORE spending programs, such as Obamacare.

    Real Americans who love their country don't like seeing it go bankrupt. Do you "get" that?

    August 7, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Stuffit

    This is only appropriate since it was the last time we had such a failure as president as we currently have. He may have been inept and incompetent, but Obama has him beat with his hypocrisy and corruption.

    August 7, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. NickAnast

    Let's compare: Democrats embrace their past presidents, giving speaking time to both Carter and Clinton. Meanwhile, Republicans are so proud of their past presidents - Poppy and W Bush - that they basically told them the convention was in December in a broom closet in Kodiak, Alaska.

    Carter was a lousy president, but everyone remembers him as the "greatest ex-president" thanks to his humanitarian work. Clinton reminds Americans of peace, prosperity, 22 million jobs created and a booming economy; both Bushes remind Americans of empty rhetoric, recessions, and clueless out-of-touch "leaders."

    August 7, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Myviewis

    Malory Archer


    President Carter was a good President. Truely a good man with No evil intentions. Thats something I can't say for the republican past Presidents. Even Regan, he really wasn't so swift. The way people talk about him you'd thing he was GOD. Regan was No GOD at anytime period. And his wife is NO angel eighter.

    Saint ronny left his wife, Jane Wyman and his children for his pregnant girlfriend, Nancy. Great "family values", huh?

    Jane Wyman divorced Reagan in 1948 because she didn't like him in politics, had numerous agreements over his political career. Reagan married Nancy Reagan in 1952.

    August 7, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. RealityBites

    My second grader came home last year after presidents day and told me that Jimmy Carter was a great president. LOL!!

    To which I replied.., Jimmy Carter was a very nice man but he is actually considered the worse president ever.., until Obama.

    August 7, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Really?

    @Malory Archer – you don't know what you're talking about. Jane Wyman filed for divorce because she wasn't happy with her husband's job requiring his attention.
    For the rest of you lame brain liberals: Carter WAS one of the worst presidents even though he did/does a lot of good works. Obama is the worst now, at least for hard working, honest Americans; I suppose all the freeloaders would call him one of the best.

    August 7, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Charles

    People act like presidents start their time in office with clean records. No they inherent the messes or successes of the previous commander in chief. Bush when left with a surplus got the country involved in not 1 but 2 wars which don’t contribute to debt at all? People need to wake up and look at the accomplishments of the president. I FEEL much safer with President Obama in the white house than let’s go to war with Iran ROBme

    August 7, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  10. Justusselah

    What's bankrupting this country is not the care of its citizens it's all the corporate welfare, bs wars and our subsidizing the wealthy. You republicans are a trip. You absolutely loathe giving help to your fellow Americans who need it, but whole heartedly support welfare for the rich. Don't you see how these politricksters have pit you against your fellow man, woman and child for their and their wealthy friends gain. You get nothing, but the rewards of having a heart filled with hate. Simply foolish.

    August 7, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Jimmy Carter is a kind, humble, intelligent man who probably should have not been President.
    George W. Bush is a brash, arrogant, unintelligent fool who definitely should have never been President.

    August 7, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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