"We deserve a person with integrity and judgment, someone who is honest and fair, someone who is committed to what is best for the American people," said the former President
The oldest living presidential couple Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter joined the Democratic National Convention's list of speakers on its second night to give their stamp of approval to Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden. The beloved former President and first lady made a strong case for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate in a pre-recorded speech explaining why they will be voting for him in November. According to PEOPLE, the couple's video appearance on Tuesday night marked the first time President Carter has spoken at a presidential nominating convention in eight years.
"When I ran for president in 1976, Joe Biden was my first and most effective supporter in the Senate. For decades, he has been my loyal and dedicated friend," the 95-year-old said while a slide show played on screen, reports WXIA-TV. "Joe has the experience, character, and decency to bring us together and restore America’s greatness. We deserve a person with integrity and judgment, someone who is honest and fair, someone who is committed to what is best for the American people. Joe is that kind of leader, and he is the right person for this moment in our nation’s history."
Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Make Rare Public Remarks to Endorse Joe Biden During DNC's Second Night https://t.co/Ps4VrlUEnr— People (@people) August 19, 2020
"He understands that honesty and dignity are essential traits that determine not only our vision but our actions. More than ever, that’s what we need," President Carter continued. "During these uncertain times, Joe Biden realizes that many American lives can be saved each day with the use of masks and testing, as recommended by our medical experts. Joe Biden must be our next president." Mrs. Carter — who turned 93 on Tuesday — also gave her remarks in support of the Bidens, saying: "It’s a great pleasure for Jimmy and me to join you in celebrating our next president of the United States, Joe Biden."
Former President Jimmy Carter called Joe Biden "the right person for this moment in our nation’s history. He understands that honesty and dignity are essential traits that determine not only our vision but our actions." #DemConvention https://t.co/YbDPUw39EZ pic.twitter.com/dMoGzBArM9— CNN (@CNN) August 19, 2020
"We’ve known and admired Joe and Jill for many years, and most recently have worked with them on tackling the demands faced by the more than 53 million unpaid caregivers in our country who are juggling work and other family responsibilities and putting their own physical and mental health and well-being at risk," she continued. "Joe knows well, too well, the sorrows and struggles of being a family caregiver, from Joe’s time as a young widower thrust into single parenthood with a demanding job to he and Jill caring for their own parents and their son Beau at the end of their lives. He knows caregiving is hard even on the good days."
On the second night of the Democratic convention, Joe Biden officially became the party’s nominee for president. Here's a video recap of the highlights. https://t.co/6ja4PhycEf— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 19, 2020
"Jill and I also know the challenges of caregiving for those who served in the military and returned with visible and invisible wounds. And we know those caregivers need a leader in the White House. Jimmy and I are voting for Joe because he recognizes the challenges facing our families and has the heart and the talent to make life better for all Americans," Mrs. Carter concluded. The last time President Carter made a DNC appearance was in 2012 when he similarly recorded a speech for that year's send-off for incumbent President Barack Obama.
Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter deliver a message in support of Joe Biden at the #DemConvention.— ABC News (@ABC) August 19, 2020
“Joe has the experience, character and decency to bring us together, to restore America’s greatness.” https://t.co/g2aifw44ZR #DemConvention pic.twitter.com/xqrT4dot7S
Former President Bill Clinton also addressed the second night of the convention Tuesday night and delivered a stinging attack on Donald Trump. He said Trump would only "blame, bully, and belittle," if given four more years in the White House and that he "defines the job as spending hours a day watching TV and zapping people on social media." Although he did use his time to praise Biden, according to WPVI-TV, he spent far more time on the offensive against the former television personality. "Denying, distracting, and demeaning works great if you're trying to entertain and inflame," he said. "But in a real crisis, it collapses like a house of cards."