ATLANTA (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter has some advice for
Barack Obama as he gears up for the 2012 election: Don't alienate
voters with controversial positions.
The Georgia Democrat told The Associated Press on Tuesday that
just about everything he did alienated voters, from sealing a
treaty to hand over the Panama Canal to establishing diplomatic
ties with China.
Carter said: "If your main goal is to get re-elected, avoid a
controversial subject as much as you can in the first term."
Carter also faced Democratic opposition from Sen. Ted Kennedy
during his 1980 re-election bid, which he said was a big handicap
that Obama won't have.
The remarks came as Iowa residents cast the first votes of the
2012 presidential race to help determine Obama's Republican