Jimmy Carter says he's backing a 'quite unpopular' Hillary Clinton

"Everybody knows that I'm a Democrat and I'll be voting Democratic."

That not-so-shocking statement came from former President Jimmy Carter, who confirmed Monday he would vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But then he added in a bit of a dig.

"It's been an exciting and unprecedented kind of campaign this year, and unfortunately, the way it's turned out, both choices in the major parties are quite unpopular," Carter told The Associated Press in Memphis. "But I don't have any doubt that one of the candidates is better qualified than the other."

The 91-year-old Georgian, an unofficial Habitat for Humanity ambassador on the mend after being treated for melanoma cancer, made the comments after his 33rd Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project - a five-day campaign to build 19 homes near downtown Memphis.

Here's more from our AJC colleague Jill Vejnoska:

Any thoughts that the duo were slowing down and assuming figurehead status were dashed at precisely 6:58 a.m. Monday. That’s when the former president arrived, two minutes early, to lead a devotional service for the assembled volunteers. Summoning his well-honed skills from teaching Sunday School at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Carter exhorted the troops to use whatever talents they had in service to others.

“Even if you just have one talent, don’t underestimate it,” Carter said as hundreds of people in toolbelts and Habitat T-shirts munched on bagels and listened raptly to the Nobel Peace Prize winner. “Use it to the fullest.”

Oh, and for good measure, Vejnoska reported that Carter wasn't too eager to take more questions about a familiar topic. From her piece:

“Anybody who asks about Donald Trump will be disqualified from the occasion and will have to leave,” Carter said with a wide grin. “So, I just want to give that one premise for the question and answer period. We want to stick to Habitat, if you don’t mind.”

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.