Jimmy Carter: 'Y'all See Why I Voted' for Bernie?

Former president indicates he voted for Sanders in primary
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 9, 2017 9:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – Count Jimmy Carter among the Democrats with a political crush on Bernie Sanders. So much so that the former president suggests he voted for Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primary, reports the AP. Carter and Sanders appeared together Monday at the Carter Center in Atlanta, where Sanders railed against a growing American oligarchy. Carter then smiled and said, "Y'all see why I voted for him?" Clinton trounced Sanders in Georgia's March 1 primary, 71% to 28%, regardless of Carter's preference.

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Carter has never had a cozy relationship with Clinton or her husband. (The Washington Post outlines some of the iciest Carter-Bill Clinton moments over the past 25 years.) Still, Carter last fall said he planned to vote for Hillary Clinton over Republican Donald Trump. Here's how he less-than-enthusiastically put it in August, per the Hill: "Unfortunately, the way it's turned out, both choices in the major parties are quite unpopular. But I don’t have any doubt that one of the candidates is better qualified than the other. Everybody knows I’m Democratic, and I’ll be voting Democratic." (Read more Jimmy Carter stories.)

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