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SueZhope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:51 AM
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Has Jimmy Carter weighed in on 2004 election yet?
I'm dying to hear what his thoughts are on this election and what happened Thursday
If there has been any thing please post it.
Thanks :)
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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:55 AM
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1. Jimmy alread commented on it awhile ago, his 2 cents worth was
He standed that his group could never oversee the elections here because of the multiple ways the states run there elections. He stated that there was no way they could certify the vote in this country to many ways to rig it.

:mad:

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SueZhope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:00 AM
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4. Yes I remember that ...thanks
Its amazing isn't it?
Our country is so clueless and thinks our system is just peachy.

I wonder if he is allowed to make any comments
about the past election since its certified?

I can imagine him feeling proud of all of us who are not rolling over. :)
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skylarmae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:55 AM
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2. he is in Jerusalem right now readying for the Sunday
Palestinian vote for their new leader. I wish he would weigh in on it too. Maybe I'm out on a limb here, but I had wished for a response from Bill Clinton as well.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:56 AM
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3. I've repeatedly written him and expected for him to comment
when he appeared on Larry King recently, but nothing. Very disturbing.
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SueZhope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:05 AM
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5. Yes it is very disturbing
I wonder legally what he is allowed to say...
He did weigh in on Florida 2000 ( at some point)
but was that latter on after the fact? :)
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:07 AM
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6. On October 29, Carter stated his position during an
interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. He said then that his organization (the Carter Center) could not monitor the US elections because there are five criteria a nation must meet in order to ensure fair elections and the USofA has MEET NONE OF THE CRITERIA. Indonesia's elections have way more integrity than ours. Check the archived interview on the Fresh Air website (accessible from npr.org I think.)
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Smarmie Doofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:18 AM
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7. Ok.... he's supposed to be an expert in this area.....
I, for one, would like to hear more from him than mealy-mouth evasions

and non-sequitors ( what is this about it not being "legal" for him to speak out ???!!!).

Jimmy: Was the presidential election legit or not?
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SueZhope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:36 AM
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9. The legal comment was my own speculation
maybe its considered unethical to say something being a former president?
I have no idea , thats why I am asking about it.

He might not be able to get involved on a formal level, but what about just his own personal view , i would think he could make a comment.

I thought in a democracy people were aloud to have freedom of speech?
Even former presidents :shrug:

He does not seem like a man who is scared to speak his mind.
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Smarmie Doofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:56 PM
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10. No, I realize it was you... and another poster...

who were speculating on that , and not Carter.

But rest assured , it is not unethical, and it is CERTAINLY not illegal for anyone, including ex-presidents to speak directly to important issues. Some may regard it as bad form; who cares? The issue is a little more important than that... wouldn't you agree?

It's an excellent Q. you posed and an excellent thread. And if he's going around the world passing judgment on the legitimacy of other countries' elections he should share his thoughts about those in his own back yard... and not hide behind dodges like... "well, we're not set-up to witness elections as are held in the US."

How ridiculous.
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SueZhope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 04:24 PM
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11. Thanks Paul Ho
So if its legal , and the only thing wrong is it would piss off a few
people (that should not matter) this is about saving democracy.

I thought Carter was an honest man with integrity , not a wimp.
I remember he spoke against the war.

I was giving to the Carter Center but will not give any more unless
he speaks on this election. he can still come fourth and speak .
Now is the time.

Your right this silence is ridiculous when you think about it :)
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 11:31 AM
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8. Jimmy Carter is pretty restrained when it comes to jumping into politics
I think it would be interesting to have a commission look into this with him at the helm of it. But he is only going to do something like that if asked.
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