Here is the text of the speeches by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter, recorded for the Tuesday night Democratic National Convention. Carter is 95. His wife turned 93 on Tuesday.
Rosalynn Carter: It’s a great pleasure for Jimmy and I to join you in celebrating our next president of the United States, Joe Biden. We’ve known and admired Joe and Jill for many years, and most recently I worked with him on tackling the demands faced by more than 53 million unpaid caregivers in our country who are juggling work and other family responsibilities and putting their own physical and mental health and well-being at risk.
Joe knows well, too well, the sorrows and struggles of being a family care-giver. From Joe’s time as a young widower thrust into single parenthood with a demanding job to he and Jill caring for their own parents and their son Beau at the end of their life. He knows caregiving is hard, even on the good days.
Joe and I also know the challenges of caring for those who served in the military and returned with visible and invisible wounds. And we know those caregivers need a leader in the White House.
Jimmy and I are voting for Joe because he recognizes the challenges facing our families and has the heart and the talent to make life better for all America.
Jimmy Carter: When I ran for president in 1976, Joe Biden was my first and most effective supporter in the Senate. For decades, he has been my loyal and dedicated friend. Joe has the experience, character and decency to bring us together and restore America’s greatness.
We deserve a person with integrity and judgment, someone who is honest and fair, someone who is committed to what is best for the American people. Joe is that kind of leader and he is right person for this moment in our nation’s history. He understands dignity, our essential strengths that determine not only vision but our actions. That’s what need. In these uncertain times, Joe Biden realizes that many American lives can be saved each day if we use a mask and testing as recommended by medical experts.
Joe Biden must be our next president.
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