Obama Offered Big Thanks for 47% Tape: Carter
Video 'a major factor' in Obama victory, says ex-president
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2013 6:12 AM CST
Former President Jimmy Carter.   (PRNewsFoto/Habitat for Humanity International)

(Newser) – When President Obama met Jimmy Carter's grandson last week—the guy reportedly behind the infamous Mitt Romney "47%" tape—the president "ran across the room, embraced him and thanked him profusely for his time," the elder Carter told CNN's Piers Morgan, per Politico. "I don’t think he said 'winning the election,' but 'thank you for helping me with the election.'"

But did James Carter IV—who made the tape from available to Mother Jones—really win Obama the election? "I think so," said Carter, laughing. The tape "was something (Romney) could not deny and it stuck with him for the rest of the election and I think it was a major factor, if not the major factor," in the outcome.

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Feb 24, 2013 7:06 PM CST
Carter was actually a good President. He wanted national health care. Something that Ted Kennedy was AGAINST at that time because Carter wanted it but did not want to listen to his own Democratic party ideals. Carter tried to rescue the Iranian hostages. He did not have the technology like we have know. Night vision goggles were still very new back then and did not work very well. CARTER was the one who negotiated the hostage release, NOT REAGAN. The only reason he was not re-elected was because of the hostages in Iran. Reagan won the election easily because he knows to give a great speech, like Obama. Some of you guys need to learn the real history and NOT believe everything you read in the news.
Feb 24, 2013 1:35 PM CST
He should thank Carter for being the only president in history worse than Obama!
Feb 23, 2013 9:04 AM CST
The person that TAPED the speech is the one that should be thanked. At least he has the satisfaction of knowing he saved the country from four years of Republican death and destruction.