Former President Jimmy Carter will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next month, but he will be speaking by video in a prime time address, organizers said Tuesday.
The message will offer “unique insights,” about President Obama as a global leader, according to a press release from convention organizers. Carter will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
“Rosalynn and I regret that we will be unable to be at the Democratic Convention this year in Charlotte,” Carter said in a statement. “However, we remain steadfast in our support for President Obama and the progress he will make in the next four years.”
Carter joins ex-presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, both Republicans, in skipping their party conventions this year. Former President Bill Clinton will be at the Democratic event on Sept. 5 to formally nominate Obama for a second term.
Although he has made clear he supports Obama, Carter raised eyebrows in April when he told MSNBC that he would be “comfortable” with Republican Mitt Romney as president because of Romney's moderate positions in the past.