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Carter: Biggest Failure of My Presidency Was Not Winning Reelection


Jimmy Carter continues to make headlines with his assessments of today's politics and reminiscence of his own time in office.  In an interview with Big Think, the former president admits that his biggest failure as President of the United States was that he didn't get four more years in office.

"I guess my biggest failure was not getting reelected," Carter said.

And what did the southern Democrat learn from his 1980 electoral loss to Ronald Reagan?  "[N]ot to ever let American hostages be held for 444 days in a foreign country without extracting them." He adds, "I did the best I could, but I failed."

Carter also claimed that Sen. Ted Kennedy's challenge in the Democratic primaries "cost me a lot of votes," and that he "should have paid more attention to the organization of the Democratic Party."

"I was not only the leader of our nation, but I was also the leader of the Democratic Party.  And I think I failed in that respect to keep the party united."

In addition, Carter says that America has lost its competitive edge, the U.S. is ready for a gay president and Israel should withdraw from Palestinian territory:

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