Jimmy Carter's son says Democrats shouldn't budge in shutdown stalemate; says Rand Paul should run for president

10/04/2013 11:03 AM

The son of former President Jimmy Carter, James “Chip” Carter III, told Pure Politics that unlike government shutdowns during in his father’s term there is nothing to negotiate over during this government shutdown.

Carter, who was in Louisville Thursday night accepting the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his father, also said he supports Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, and he thought Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul should run for president in 2016, though he wouldn’t vote for him.

During President Jimmy Carter’s presidency, the government shutdown five times . Several shutdowns were negotiated through temporary bills to give more time to negotiate, but Chip Carter says that strategy – which McConnell has proposed – shouldn’t be used during the latest shutdown.

“I think that there’s not much to negotiate if they’re not willing to negotiate. I don’t think Obama’s going to give up the Affordable Healthcare Act for any purpose, and I wouldn’t either,” Carter said. “It’s his major achievement. To give it up because of renegade people that are right wing fringe, including Senator McConnell, is not something that I would want the president to do, and I would not recommend it to him.”

Grimes, who attended the awards banquet Thursday night did not walk the red carpet to speak with media, has attempted to make political hay out of the shutdown through campaign statements. Political observers
, however, have told Pure Politics that this shutdown is not likely to have any effect on next year’s election.

As a Democrat, Carter said he supports Grimes. When asked about her performance so far, he said that she has done “really well.”

“I think she’s done really well…I’m living in Georgia so I haven’t paid as much attention here as I should have. I know she’s got a great education. I know that she really cares about people. She’s a good Democrat, and I’m a good Democrat so I would be for her. And I would hope that people would not only want to be for her, but would speak to her through their billfolds and give her donations.”

Chip, who was 28-years old when Carter was elected to the presidency in 1976, helped campaign for his father since the age of 12. And he said Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is the type of person who should run for the presidency, although he added he wouldn’t vote for him.

“He seems to be a fine upstanding young man. He looks to me like he believes in what he’s talking about, and I think that’s the kind of people that should run for president,” Carter said. “I don’t think he’ll get elected, but I certainly believe that it’s his right to run and I think the more the merrier.”

Paul, Carter said, has a chance to influence policy by running for president in 2016.

“The discussion that we have during presidential campaigns runs our country for four years, and to have his message out there is a good one,” Carter said. “I don’t agree with anything he says, but I agree 100 percent with his right to say it.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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