Disastrous ex-president remains an inspirational guiding light for Democrats. Democrats seeking the White House are turning to Georgia Democrat Jimmy Carter, who occupied the residence from 1976 to 1980. Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was born two years after Carter lost to Ronald Reagan, but pronounced the one-term Democrat “an extraordinary person.” For Cory Booker, 50, Jimmy Carter was a “guiding light and inspiration” but the most outspoken candidate was Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar.
“Jimmy Carter is a decent, well-meaning person, someone who people are talking about again given the time that we are in,” explained Klobuchar, who was 16 when Carter was elected. “He won because he worked so hard, and he had a message of truth and honesty,” the candidate proclaimed. “I think about him all the time.”
Carter was “ahead of his time” on the environment and climate change, but Klobuchar conceded that the Carter administration “was not perfect.” Jimmy had some thoughts on that theme in his 2015 auto-hagiography A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety, relevant now as the United States again faces off with Iran.
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