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Jimmy Carter speaks at GSU

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

On Georgia Day, the only Georgian elected president of the United Statesboro talked about his work during and after his presidency.

Jimmy Carter, and former First Lady Rosalyn, visited Georgia Souther University as part of the Leadership Lecture series. The couple talked about their early years in Plains, Georgia after Carter left the Navy and began farming and serving on local boards and committees. Carter eventually served in the state senate and as Georgia's governor.

They also talked about the more civil tone of politics when he ran against President Gerald Ford in 1976.

"It was much less negative then and when I faced Ronald Reagan in 1980. There seemed to be more harmony then but that has changed. There's so much money in political campaigns and negative ads. It's hard to forget what was said after the election is over."

The Carters talked about the humanitarian efforts of The Carter Center. Their organization introduces immunizations and other health standards in impoverished countries around the world. It also monitors elections in developing countries in the hopes of growing democracy.

On the day North Korea announced further testing of nuclear weapons, Carter said he has attempted to foster negotiations between that country and the U.S. government.

"For 60 years, we have had no peace treaty with North Korea. We just have a cease-fire left over from the Korean War," he said. 

He advocated talks with North Korea to decrease the threat of using the weapons.

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