Jimmy Carter 'comfortable' with Romney in the White House
By Geneva Sands - 04/25/12 02:39 PM ET
Former President Jimmy Carter said he expects President Obama to win reelection, but Mitt Romney would be his top choice on the Republican side.
"I think of all the Republican candidates who are prominent, I think Romney would be the one I would rather see have a slight possibility to be president," on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co" in an interview that aired Wednesday.
When pressed on whether he would be "comfortable" with a Romney presidency, Carter responded, "I would rather have a Democrat, but I would be comfortable."
"I think Romney has shown in his past, in his previous years as a moderate, a progressive that he was fairly competent as a governor and also running the Olympics. As you know, he has a good solid family," Carter said.
Carter accused Romney of going to the "extreme right wing" to win in the GOP primary, but said he believes candidates on both sides of the aisle tend to move toward the middle during the general election.
"I think he's gone too far in the conservative positions to suit the average American, that's why I think President Obama is going to be reelected," he said.
He also got in a dig against Romney, saying he has the perception of being "changeable" in his positions.
"I think that's a stigma that he's already been able to weather, at least in a Republican primary. If he moves back more to the central position on some major issues, I'm not sure that he can suffer anymore as being changeable," said Carter.
Romney may not only be Carter's top choice, but his only choice. The former Massachusetts governor moved closer to garnering his party's nomination with a five-state primary sweep Tuesday night.
Newt Gingrich's campaign confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday that the former House Speaker will formally exit the race next week. Rick Santorum dropped out of the GOP contest earlier in April, leaving Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), who has an enthusiastic base of support, but failed to gain traction with Republican electorate.
A carter endorsement can kill you but he also endorses Obama, so who will be jinxed more?