Jimmy Carter: Hillary 'inevitable,' but Bernie is a 'surprising' competitor

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Jimmy Carter: Hillary 'Inevitable,' But Bernie Is A 'Surprising' Competitor


Former President Jimmy Carter threw his support behind Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Speaking to HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill, Carter called Clinton's nomination as the Democratic presidential candidate "inevitable."

"Of course I'll be glad to support her when she gets the nomination," he said, "against any Republican--any one of the 14 or 15 that already have announced."

Carter admitted that he was surprised by the early success of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. "[He] has had a remarkable entree into politics in Iowa and New Hampshire," he explained. "I noticed in the newspaper today that he's challenging her in Iowa for instance."

But Clinton's fundraising prowess will boost her candidacy, Carter said.

"I think in the long term, she'd be able to raise the money, and I think Jeb Bush will be able to raise more money in the Republican party. And now as you know, with the Supreme Court's stupid ruling on Citizens United, whoever can raise the most money has the best chance of being elected."

The former President also addressed concerns about Clinton's qualifications.

"She's been the President's wife, and they learn an awful lot about the detailed administration of government, and the tough decisions that have to be made, and the problems that you're going to have to face."

He continued, "And then plus that, she's been highly acquainted with international affairs, being Secretary of State, so I think she's highly qualified from her background and her experience and knowledge."

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Jimmy Carter: Hillary 'inevitable,' but Bernie is a 'surprising' competitor
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, blows out candles on a birthday cake as wife Rosalynn looks on during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter addresses Carter Center employees and volunteers during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, waves after blowing out candles on a birthday cake as wife Rosalynn looks on during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, holds the hand of wife Rosalynn as she wipes her eye while they are serenaded with the song "Imagine" by John Lennon during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter stands to applause from the crowd during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, center, walks through the crowd as he takes his seat for his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, is applauded by wife Rosalynn after giving a speech during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, Errol, 4, runs past a birthday cake presented to him during his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, arrives with wife Rosalynn for a 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter, right, and wife Rosalynn applaud as a birthday cake is wheeled out for his 90th birthday celebration, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn stand for the national anthem before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Diego Padres Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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