President Jimmy Carter to speak at Democratic Convention

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Former President Jimmy Carter to Address 2012 Democratic National Convention

CHARLOTTE – The Democratic National Convention Committee and Obama for America announced today that former President Jimmy Carter will address the 2012 Democratic National Convention by video this September.  President Carter’s message, including unique insights about President Obama as a global leader, will be played at Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday, September 4, in prime time.

“President Carter is one of the greatest humanitarian leaders of our time and a champion of democracy around the globe,” said 2012 Democratic National Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa. “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. President Obama is fighting for the next steps in our nation’s economic recovery, to reclaim America’s promise on behalf of hard-workers, the strivers, the dreamers, who ask only for a fair shot and a fair shake.”

“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,” President Carter said.

The DNCC has previously announced that First Lady Michelle Obama and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, they keynote speaker, will address the convention on its opening night, Tuesday, September 4, at Time Warner Cable Arena. Former President Bill Clinton and Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren will deliver speeches on the second night, Wednesday, September 5, at the arena. Both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will deliver their acceptance speeches on the final night of the convention, Thursday, September 6, at Bank of America Stadium.

The DNCC will unveil additional convention program details and speakers in the coming weeks.

Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) is the thirty-ninth president of the United States, serving from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. He championed human rights throughout the world and kept the nation at peace. On the domestic side, the administration’s achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

Since leaving office, President Carter continued to champion human rights throughout the world, through the not-for-profit Carter Center. On December 10, 2002, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2002 to Mr. Carter “for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

The 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee is a not-for-profit organization responsible for planning and executing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the week of September 3, 2012.