The growing number of Democratic presidential candidates includes a number of new faces, but it is the oldest former incumbent president who has significant influence.
President Jimmy Carter, 94, has already met hopes for 2020, including South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Senator of Minnesota, and Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey. His ideas and his character serve as models.
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"He won because he worked so hard and that he had a message of truth and honesty, I think of him all the time," Klobuchar told the Associated Agency. Press. She believes that Carter, who served a term from 1977 to 1981, was "ahead of his time" on issues such as climate change and health care.
Booker called Carter "a guide and inspiration". Buttigieg described him as "an extraordinary person". Even President Trump has consulted Carter on issues such as relations with China. Each of them said that the discussion was friendly.
Carter, in the past, has supported various Democrat candidates, saying that in 2016, he voted for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic primary. While siding with the Democratic Socialist on Hillary Clinton, he warned that if the Democrats proposed a "too liberal" program, it could lead to Trump's reelection – something Carter failed to do.
Carter was beaten by Ronald Reagan by a wide margin, after his presidency was mired in a crisis of Iranian hostages and a high unemployment rate.
"Their administration was not perfect," said Klobuchar.
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Booker, Buttigieg and Klobuchar all met Carter as he attended sessions of his weekly Sunday School class at the Maranatha Baptist Church. They were proud to promote these meetings, unlike meetings of other candidates with former presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who were revealed only by anonymous advice.
Carter was scheduled to teach this weekend, but eventually had to retire while he was recovering from a hip replacement operation. The former president broke his hip during a fall at his home on Monday and was released from Phoebe Sumter Medical on Thursday.
Associated Press contributed to this report.