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Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 12:34pm

Carter To Speak At Democratic Convention

Former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte tonight.

The Georgia native's 7 o'clock placement isn't a snub, but it's not the best time, either.

Carter is expected to highlight Barack Obama's foreign policy, characterizing the President a "global leader."

Carter will not deliver his remarks in person but will appear by video at a time when TV networks won't be carrying it.

Armstrong Atlantic State University political science professor Daniel Skidmore-Hess notes, former President George W. Bush didn't address the Republican National Convention, although both Bush Presidents appeared together in a short tribute video.

Both parties carefully manage their conventions.

"For many Democrats, I think there is still some positive feeling and that may be why they want to tie Carter to foreign policy in particular," Sidmore-Hess says. "But on the other hand, it's a curious choice. Carter's presidency had notable failures in both foreign and economic policy."

He says, Carter's focus is likely the safest choice for Democrats.

"Carter has been involved in efforts to enhance democracy around the world, continue to address human rights, which was a theme of his presidency, issues of economic development, public health and so forth," Skidmore-Hess says.

For the past two days, GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has been calling the Obama administration "worse than Carter's."

The Georgian was the last Democrat to lose re-election.

He's also a Nobel Peace Prize winner like Barack Obama.

Carter won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 but was voted out of office in 1980 amid an economic recession.