Jimmy Carter to Back Obama at Charlotte Convention

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2012 12:58 PM

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Former President Jimmy Carter will tape a video speech that will be shown in primetime on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 4, the convention committee announced Tuesday.

Carter won’t be able to make it to the Charlotte confab, he said in a statement, Politico reports. The former president didn’t say why.

“President Carter is one of the greatest humanitarian leaders of our time and a champion of democracy around the globe,” Democratic National Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa, said in a statement.

“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.”

For his part, Carter said, "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."

Republicans have long held up Carter as one of the worst presidents of all time, but in recent months they have been attaching that label to Obama.

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