The steadily growing field of Democratic presidential candidates includes a series of new faces, but it is the oldest living former president who exercises significant influence. Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. His ideas and character serve as a role model.
Former President Jimmy Carter dismissed from hospital surgery.
"He won because he worked so hard and he had a message of truth and honesty, I think of him all the time," said Klobuchar of the Associated Press. She believes that Carter, who served for a period of office from 1977-1981, was "ahead of its time" when it came to issues such as climate change and health care.
Booker described Carter as a "guide and inspiration." Buttigieg described him as "an extraordinary person". Even President Trump has consulted with Carter on issues such as relations with China. Each of them said the discussion had been friendly.
Carter has supported several Democratic candidates in the past, declaring that he voted for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in 201
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Booker, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar all met with Carter attending the sessions of his weekly Sunday School class at Maranatha Baptist Church. They were proud to sponsor these meetings, in contrast to the meetings of other candidates with former presidents such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, who were announced only by anonymous references.
Carter was scheduled to teach this weekend, but had to retire as he recovered from a hip replacement. The former president broke his hip during a fall in his home Monday and was released Thursday by Phoebe Sumter Medical.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.