Posted: 6:00 am Monday, August 11th, 2014

Jason Carter’s delicate dance on his grandfather’s Hamas position 

By Greg Bluestein

Jimmy Carter discusses his role in his grandson Jason Carter's gubernatorial campaign on Monday, July 14, 2014, in Plains. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Jimmy Carter’s views on Hamas have given his grandson’s gubernatorial campaign headaches.Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

You could almost hear the groans from Democrat Jason Carter’s camp last week when his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, co-authored an op-ed arguing that Hamas should be recognized as a legitimate political actor.

Gov. Nathan Deal has since tried to tie his November opponent to his grandpa’s views of Hamas, the militant faction which the U.S. considers a terrorist group. Others, including some Democratic supporters, have questioned why Carter didn’t come out strongly against his grandfather’s position.

Carter’s strategists don’t want the campaign to answer for his grandfather every time he says something controversial. They also recognize Deal and other Republicans – Senate nominee David Perdue said he was “offended” by the ex-president’s comments – will keep up the pressure.

Those forces were at play on Saturday when we asked the candidate his stance on his grandfather’s position.

“I think first of all the governor is talking about this issue because he’s trying to deflect attention from the failed policies he’s operating under on education, his failed economic policy for the middle class, and the fact that we need an honest government and we’re not getting it,” said Carter. “That’s why Nathan Deal is talking about it first and foremost.”

His campaign message aside, we asked whether Carter wanted to distance himself from the former president’s stance. The response was another tack to his talking points. Said Carter:

“I have been on the front page of the paper talking about the ways in which I disagree with my grandfather. I believe that Israel has a right to defend itself, especially against Hamas’ terrorist actions. But the cornerstone of what the Georgia governor’s job is, is to make sure that we are pressing forward on the issues that confront the Georgia governor. That’s what I’m focusing on – those issues are education, the economy and ethics.”

290 comments
Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Still talking about Jason " Empty Suit " Carter I see, it must be hard to have more than a 30 second discussion about him, you can recall everything he has accomplished in 30 seconds. Just another Democrat loser like Michelle " I don't have " Nunn ( experience that is ) both will be toes up after the Nov elections and the Washington Democrats will have to scramble to find another " Name " to promote.

ATLnative72
ATLnative72

Here's what I know:

- I'm a Democrat and like Jason Carter.

- I'm married to a Jewish woman and a strong supporter of Israel and its right to defend itself against rocket-launching terrorists.

- I have money, but Jason Carter will see none of it unless he strongly supports Israel.

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

At the end of the day, this election is between Nathan Deal, AKA lousy current governor, and his much younger and smarter challenger, Jason Carter. Jimmy is being used as a wedge issue by Republicans who are trying desperately to distract voters from Deal's disastrous performance as governor. 


No doubt, tensions in the Middle East will neither decrease nor increase as a result of the outcome of the 2014 Georgia gubernatorial election. Let's pay attention to what's relevant.


And with that being said, its pretty clear that Deal is headed for a loss. Republicans giddily point to President Obama's sagging poll numbers. Ironically, Obama's numbers are always a point or two ahead of Deal's numbers. Worried yet, Republicans?

BurntGrassroot
BurntGrassroot

Hamas may be a terrorist group, but it is the duly elected representative of the Palestinian residents of Gaza. It just shows how far afield Americans have gone from our democratic ideals of majority rule, with the rights of minorities protected. How dare we tell another sovereign nation whom they must elect to represent them? What arrogance, paranoia and xenophobia that motivates dispensationalists with respect to the Middle East is not only heterodoxy, but a diabolical distortion of Scripture. If God is omnipotent, can't He fulfill His word without humans' puny machinations?


Israel has the economic stability to defend itself, as well as the weaponry. There's an iPhone app for early warning in Israel. I can't understand why they don't have (or haven't used) anti-missile weaponry, unless it's to exact revenge. I have this mental picture of a lone US Marine in Lebanon atop one of three Israeli tanks, deterring them with a .45--it's delusional to think that 30 years later, hostilities have lessened, or that a firm, direct address is less necessary.

I agree that all politics is local, but I hope that Georgia voters do not allow themselves to be distracted from our issues, some of which can be resolved with the selection of elected officials responsive to the electorate. I don't entirely agree with Sen. Carter when he said that the governor's job is to press forward on the issues that confront the Georgia governor--unless, unlike Gov. Deal, the issues confronting the Georgia governor are those of the Georgia electorate, such as education, healthcare, economy, jobs, tort respect, accountability of the elected and reforming the election process in Georgia.


Enoch19
Enoch19

Bernie spews racist hatred and Mary Elizabeth endorses it.  You have a pretty good description of the democrat party in Georgia right there.  

Enoch19
Enoch19

Jimmy Carter's comments about Hamas are relevant since  Jason Carter's primary qualification to be governor seems to be his last name.  You don't get to pick and choose what you want from a long but ineffectual legacy like Jimmy's.


At the same time, it would also be relevant to ask Michelle Nunn what she things about the terrorist  Hamas being a "legitimate actor" in the mideast peace process.   She is running for senator and she needs to stand up and make her perspective clear.  


It would be nice if the AJC were to ask her but I am not holding my breath.

BurntGrassroot
BurntGrassroot

Hamas may be a terrorist group, but it is the duly elected representative of the Palestinian residents of Gaza. It just shows how far afield Americans have gone from our democratic ideals of majority rule, with the rights of minorities protected. How dare we tell another sovereign nation whom they must elect to represent them? What arrogance, paranoia and xenophobia that motivates dispensationalists with respect to the Middle East is not only heterodoxy, but a diabolical distortion of Scripture. If God is omnipotent, can't He fulfill His word without humans' puny machinations?

Israel has the economic stability to defend itself, as well as the weaponry. There's an iPhone app for early warning in Israel. I can't understand why they don't have (or haven't used) anti-missile weaponry, unless it's to exact revenge. I have this mental picture of a lone US Marine in Lebanon atop one of three Israeli tanks, deterring them with a .45--it's delusional to think that 30 years later, hostilities have lessened, or that a firm, direct address is less necessary.

I agree that all politics is local, but I hope that Georgia voters do not allow themselves to be distracted from our issues, some of which can be resolved with the selection of elected officials responsive to the electorate. I don't entirely agree with Sen. Carter when he said that the governor's job is to press forward on the issues that confront the Georgia governor--unless, unlike Gov. Deal, the issues confronting the Georgia governor are those of the Georgia electorate. 

But the cornerstone of what the Georgia governor’s job is, is to make sure that we are pressing forward on the issues that confront the Georgia governor. That’s what I’m focusing on – those issues are education, the economy and ethics.”

ChuckAllison
ChuckAllison

Yeah Jason had rather his senile dad keep quite so Jason can deceive the voter until after the election.  If I were the Republicans, I would want the press to interview JImmah Cahtuh every day from now until the election.


Ask him about abortion, gay marriage, illegal immigration, gay rights.  Just keep it coming. We all want to know what the Carter family thinks on these sacred Democrat issues.

Jacketa$$
Jacketa$$

I have regretted voting for Jimmy Carter countless times as president, and he never fails to validate my regret.  How anyone that knows the stated goal of HAMAS (terrorist group) is the complete and total annihilation of Israel can recognize them for ANYTHING much less a viable political group is not living in reality, but we are talking about Jimmy Carter who continues to embarrass himself with ignorant statements.  The best thing for him to do is get a 6 pack of "BILLY BEER" and sit on his front porch and shut the hell up!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

(I inadvertently deleted my earlier post regarding Jimmy Carter's speaking out about Hamas.  I will try to recall what I had posted and repost my remarks here:)


I have always respected those individuals who have stated their truths publicly for the public to weigh.  Thank God that Jimmy Carter is still living among us so that he can give his authentic vision about what, he believes, may help to resolve the Middle East conflict in Israel, especially.  No progress can be made in Israel unless all of the players are part of the dialogue there, including Hamas, as former President Carter sees it. His is unorthodox thinking, to some, but we all need citizens who are unorthodox in their perceptions instead of simply accepting givens of previous thought, without question. (Lord knows, we needed that kind of outspoken, unorthodox thinking in the South during 1950s - 1970s.) Jimmy Carter continues to try to stretch minds to perceive beyond givens, which will always be accepted by the unthinking.  He is simply trying to foster dialogue among all parties involved.  That is a positive goal and should not hurt his grandson's campaign. Jimmy Carter could be dead by November.  He needs to present his unorthodox ideas to this world while he is still able to do so.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

Jimmy claims that he's a friend of the Jewish people. With friends like Jimmy, who needs enemies? Of course "Gramps" is an embarrassment, but the thing is this "man" can do a lot of good for "his" country. Rather, Jimmy chooses to go the other way and suck up to our enemies by sitting down with them, having tea, buying their lies and agreeing with them! This is what makes Jimmy a phony anti-Semite. Since Jason is so proud of Gramps, "he" obviously endorses his grandpa. This in turn makes Jason someone who is not a friend of the Jewish state AND IT IS A FACT THAT IT IS A BAD THING TO NOT BE A FRIEND OF THE JEWISH STATE. The honorable Governor Nathan Deal IS a friend of the Jewish state. The choice is clear folks: do you want an anti-Semite as governor or a real man who stands up for Israel? Amen, Bill

Bernie31
Bernie31

I AXE all of yous..If Atlanta Mayor KASIM REED got a WHITE WOMAN Pregnant before he married Her. Would Ole Governor Yella Teeth still call Kasim, his adopted SON? 

There would be a Big Sign on Pace Ferry Road with Bright Lights that say RACE MIXERS is NOT WELCOME HERE! especially the Race Mixer who is MAYOR.

It would also say, " If ya need ta talk to me bout anythang, the Servants entrance at the REAR is always Open fer YA!"

Bernie31
Bernie31

@ATLnative72 - Surely, Jason has NO Reason NOT TO SUPPORT ISRAEL and the Foreign Policy Of The United States OF America. Jason also Will NEVER PANDER and WINK to The Support of Growing like KUDZU Neo-Nazi Party and Armed White Supremacist Home Grown Terrorist Groups like Governor Yella Teeth. A Concern that should be of YOURS and Others is as close as (75) Seventy-five Miles from where you are, at this Very Moment. Armed to the Teeth, Preparing and in Wait. They are openly and proudly Recruiting ENTIRE FAMILY's, even the Family DOG & Cat to join their SICK and Demented Cause.

You Can consider the other. But Sumpin tells ME, YOU ain't his Cup Of TEA!

LHardingDawg
LHardingDawg

@SouthernDem 


"Deal's disastrous performance" - You might want to lay off the kool-aid until after the election. Carter might win but I don't think I would go to Vegas and bet on it.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@Enoch19 - Hey Sport! Try using your search engine for something else other than porn and lovin yerself. Why not enter these (2) Two WORDs in the search Box - R-A-C-I-S-T Definition.  Then click on the first choice,second and third. Read them slowly and carefully.

Notice that no where in any of those Definitions could any apply towards any person of color in America. If you will notice all such wording apply to People of Your HUE,Beliefs,opinion and way of thinking. As a Matter of Fact, you will say Hey these DEFINITIONS apply to me specifically. You will ask How did that Happen? 

after getting up off the Floor...You can Thank Me!

You are Welcome!

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Enoch19


If you think that I endorse "racist hatred," you are 100% wrong.  I am sorry that you do not understand how I think and feel.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Enoch19 We will ask her as soon as the tea party acknowledges that Perdue is going to Washington to vote with the President to bail out Wall Street and the banks again if the need arises. He is running for senator and he has already stood up and made his perspective clear.  Perdue argued that some bailouts can be good, like the Wall Street bailout~~~~January 16, 2014.  Worry about your own candidate's flaws he seems to have $7.7 trillion dollars worth.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MaryElizabethSings I usually agree with you ...Bo on this one I Do NOT! Jimmy is his own MAN! Jimmy has a mind and Brain of his own. How many of you have senior Parents and Grandparents who are just as STUBBORN and do as they want even if you ask them NOT TOO!


Jason is no Different from any of US!


I thank Go for JIMMY for instilling into Jason the Good American God Fearing Prinicple of Do unto Others as you would have them Do unto YOU!


Ole Governor Yella Teeth believes in doing UNTO others FIRST!  Just ask ole Holly Lebarge.

She will tell you just what ole Governor Yella Teeth did to her....He told HOLLY to GIT!


Holly ain't no HOLLA BACK GIRL! 


Holly loves to STAND UP like SATAN......I mean Nathan.


Bernie31
Bernie31

@Bill OrvisWhite - Well what you sey is TRUE...DEN we know Ole Governor Yella TEETH Ain't knon Friend to all of the GHETTO GRANDMOTHERS, WELFARE QUEENS, BETTY"S and GALS that can be found in the Upstanding Good white folks homes cooking,cleaning and watching all dem white Babies with LOW PAY, No health insurance, No Social Security or Worker's Comp insurance ALL over GEORGIA this very minute!


Yella Governor Teeth ain't NO friend to these Georgians...as a matter of Fact ole Governor Yella Teeth is doin everything in his POWER to make LIFE for these GOOD FER NUTHIN Women as Bad as Possible. No Welfare, No Food stamps and NO DOGGONE OBAMACARE even if it was FREE!


and DEY is Americans in GEORGIA!


You know ole Governor Yella Teeth do not care bout no people who speak Funny and Killed JAYSUS! He jest trying to fool YEW and all if Georgia But Not God's People! They Know all ole Gover yella Teeth He want is DEY MONEY and DEY companies to come to Georgia so his NAZI slime bag supporters can harass and intimidate them and their Employees in all of the Little towns in North Georgia.


DEY know dat too!


now who is REALLY the ANTI- SEMITE?

ajc-commenter
ajc-commenter

@Bernie31 Do you have and shred of evidence to back up any of your absurdities?  Also, is it possible for you to have an intelligent discussion?  I mean using proper sentence structure, proper nouns, proper English, all with cognitive thought?  I am curious.

AreaMan
AreaMan

@Bernie31 Who is "Governor Yella Teeth" again? Is that Jimmy Carter? Deal? Someone else? I'm not putting you on, I simply have no idea who you are talking about.

honested
honested

@LHardingDawg @SouthernDem 

By the way, did shady get the money in Vegas he was counting on, or will he just have to spend all week disinfecting his lips?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@LHardingDawg @SouthernDem  When you point one finger there are three pointed back at you. Let's take a look at the sad list of "accomplishments" that is John Boehner's Speakership:  Shutting down the government, Nearly defaulting on the debt and destroying the economy, and Suing President Obama. Apparently  @SouthernDem is not the only one drinking kool-aid.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Bernie31


Bernie, I am agreeing with you.  You "liked" my post before, and I was trying to say the same thing here, with more specifics.  Perhaps, I did not make my thoughts as clearly stated as I had before on this thread, but I tried.  That is the best I can do for now. 


And, I especially like you remarks, above, that Jimmy Carter instilled in his grandson, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."  In other words, reach out in love to ALL others.  That is, ultimately, the only way to achieve world peace.

notagain
notagain

Bernie, I would have thought he loved the people that killed Jaysus.

Bernie31
Bernie31

@ajc-commenter @Bernie31  - Can Yer Read and do yer know yer History? Put in all in yer search BOX, It ain't no SECRET!

But ya Gotta READ and Comprehend what yer Read. Fox news ain't goin ta tell ya!

Fer Sure!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@AreaMan @Bernie31 - who is ya current Governor? ain't He got REAL YELLA Teeth from chain smokin and drankin Coffee all day and night? 365 days!

Bernie31
Bernie31

@honested @LHardingDawg @SouthernDem - In Las Vegas Governor Yella Teeth he was only having his Monthly Meeting with SATAN. Yes, ole Sugar Puss had to Kiss the RING! He had no CHOICE. He HEARS the Whistling Sound of The Slingshot of DAVID aka Jason Carter in his SLEEP.


Dis Time he figur, he Jest goin buy de Governorr's OFFICE out RIGHT!

He Fooled them one Time Already, why can't He Do it Again?


That is the time when he awakens for the sound of the Fall of GOLIATH.



SouthernDem
SouthernDem

@honested @LHardingDawg Free trips to pick up cash in Vegas, ethical lapses paid for by taxpayers, income and pension funded by taxpayers...Deal has always relied on the kindness of strangers. 


The only surprise here is that Kasim didn't hitch a ride to Vegas with Deal. After all, rarely does Reed ever miss the chance to party hard at the expense of taxpayers and wealthy benefactors.

td1234
td1234

@honested @LHardingDawg @SouthernDem There are either some seriously naive or delusional progressives on this blog. 


Deal received more votes in the primary than Barge, Pennington and Carter combined.


Democrats can not win a statewide race unless they get as high a black turnout as they did in 2012 for Obama and get 30% of the white vote. There has been no explanation as to how this is going to happen, especially since the youth are not motivated to come and vote in a governors race.


Nate Silver predicts a 75% chance that Republicans will win the statewide races. 


There is a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to cap the states income tax at its current level that will motivate any and all tea party patriots to go to the polls and vote. 



Bernie31
Bernie31

@MaryElizabethSings - My Dear Jimmy cannot be Blamed here for anything. This is merely a Republican ROUSE to Distract and cause disharmony about Georgia's most famous Citizen. Jimmy is a REAL GOD FEARING CHRISTIAN MAN...so he can say what and whenever he wants too!


NO one can say the SAME of NATHAN DEAL.....

There are NO Good Works of Nathan Deal to be SEEN or FOUND. only Bad WORKS yet to be uncovered, discovered or inquired about. Everyday the Clock is ticking on more and more of those BAD WORKS to be revealed. No one is Surprised of any Bad News from the Governor's office. Now they only EXPECT IT!


Nathan is Like a SKUNK dressed in a Prom Dress asking for a KISS.


ewwwww!

AreaMan
AreaMan

Right, thanks for the clarification.

SouthernDem
SouthernDem

@td1234 You're assuming that Deal performs as well as Republicans typically need to perform statewide in GA to win. But face the facts: Deal 2014 is dogged by ethical questions that continue to linger. Voters get the feeling that there's a lot more that Deal has to hide and that kind of apprehension could spell trouble for Deal at the voting booth. Why else would Deal be stuck in the 40s for almost a year now? 


Republicans tend to get a large share of the Indie vote in midterms. That won't be the case for Deal this time. Poll after poll  shows Deal near the mid 40s--essentially 10 points lower than his final tab just 4 years ago. Deal's numbers reflect voter angst, and that explains why Deal's campaign is in full throttle panic mode. 


Deal is running in a climate that should have him sitting pretty as a GOP incumbent; instead, his numbers closely resemble those of President Obama. And Deal can't blame Obama, as is the in thing to do for Republicans. This is all about Nathan Deal and the numbers prove it.


Governor Carter has a nice ring to it.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Governor Carter will exist only in your mind

td1234
td1234

@SouthernDem Clapping loudly in approval for bringing a logical argument to the table unlike your progressive friend on this blog.  


I disagree with your analysis. I agree that Deal will under-preform in the election as compared to Perdue and other down ballot Republicans due to the ethics stuff but he had the same issues that were repeatedly hammered 4 years ago by Barnes and he still won by 10 points. 


The election will be about the three points Deal ran on 4 years. Low taxes, Jobs and Education because 


1: Deal managed the state government with a huge fall in revenues for 4 years and has not raised taxes while at the same time being able to put more money into Education each year with this year being the biggest increase in spending in the states history. 


2: I laid out Friday company by company that since June Deal has brought in 2800 jobs to Georgia. His record on bringing in jobs can not be questioned and is probably his greatest accomplishment. 


3: Education: More Black students have taken and passed AP test then any other state in the country. GA ranked 4th in the country in the total number of students taking and passing AP test. Georgia is only one of seven states in the country that have increased scores on the ACT, SAT and NAP test. 

Bernie31
Bernie31

@td1234 @SouthernDem - oK PETER pAN LET US DISECT this Load of DEAL POO.


1. The Past Four Years the Amount of money spent on

    Education has BEEN CUT DRASTICALLY until  

     Election year and then a FEW CRUMBS were thrown  

     from the King's Table.


2.  (2,800)  JOBS over a (4) Four Year period. Please 

     don't LET him TRY HARDER we could not STAND IT! 

     All are Low Wage Paying JOBS about 99%. These   

     Jobs PAY Below a Livable Wage and just above  

     Slave wages.


3. Education - Record Loss of Teachers due to LOW   

    PAY.   

    Georgia State wide High School graduation Rate about 

    51%. Made State Education Superintendent OFFICE

    Powerless. Slowly Re-Segregating Georgia Public 

    Schools. Does not Support Common Core. Deny's 

    Healthcare for POOR & NEEDY CHILDREN. If A Child 

     is always Sick and without access to healthcare. How  

     will this Georgia Child learn?


Other than That, He is WONDERFUL!


uh...huh

Bernie31
Bernie31

@MaryElizabethSings @Bernie31 - Ya may want to send Jimmy to a HOME. Jimmy is a Goood guy, give Jimmy a Break. Jimmy helps the POOR & Needy...when have you seen Ole Governor Yella Teeth do anything for the Poor & needy but show them his Heel and where he sits?