Carter Backs Abrams in Georgia, 48 Years After His Election
Former President Jimmy Carter is campaigning Tuesday in Georgia alongside Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams, bringing together the state's past and its potential future.
Their appearance in the tiny town of Plains highlights how much the state has changed since the 93-year-old Carter was elected governor in 1970, three years before Abrams was born.
The 44-year-old Atlanta attorney would be the first black female governor in U.S. history, and she's running as an unabashed liberal.
Carter ran for governor as a small-town populist against the Atlanta establishment as he navigated the South's emergence from Jim Crow segregation.
Carter is citing Abrams' emphasis on reversing the decline of rural health care services. He has chided Georgia's current Republican leadership and Abrams' opponent, Brian Kemp, for opposing Medicaid expansion