Former President Jimmy Carter made his first appearance at a presidential nominating convention in eight years.
Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, addressed attendees at the virtual gathering Tuesday evening.
The 39th president, 95, did not attend the 2016 convention in Philadelphia. He did record a speech for the 2012 gathering, which was broadcast in prime time on that convention’s second night.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter spoke after Caroline Kennedy, the former U.S. Ambassador and daughter of President John F. Kennedy, and Jack Schlossberg, who is the grandson of President John F. Kennedy. The Carters were followed by remarks from President Bill Clinton.
Tuesday also marks Rosalynn Carter's 93rd birthday. Last month, Jimmy Carter penned a letter that was read during Rep. John Lewis' funeral. The Georgia Democrat has been sheltering at his home in Plains, Georgia with his wife.
Democrats opened this cycle’s nominating convention on Monday night with a keynote from former first lady Michelle Obama. Other speakers scheduled for Tuesday include Jill Biden, wife of former Vice president Joe Biden, and former President Bill Clinton.
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter's full remarks at the DNC:
ROSALYNN CARTER: It’s a great pleasure for Jimmy and me to join you in celebrating our next president of the United States, Joe Biden.
We’ve known and admired Joe and Jill for many years, and most recently have worked with them on tackling the demands faced by the more than 53 million unpaid caregivers in our country who are juggling work and other family responsibilities and putting their own physical and mental health and well-being at risk.
Joe knows well, too well, the sorrows and struggles of being a family caregiver, from Joe’s time as a young widower thrust into single parenthood with a demanding job to he and Jill caring for their own parents and their son Beau at the end of their lives. He knows caregiving is hard even on the good days.
Jill and I also know the challenges of caregiving for those who served in the military and returned with visible and invisible wounds. And we know those caregivers need a leader in the White House. Jimmy and I are voting for Joe because he recognizes the challenges facing our families and has the heart and the talent to make life better for all Americans.
JIMMY CARTER: When I ran for president in 1976, Joe Biden was my first and most effective supporter in the Senate. For decades, he has been my loyal and dedicated friend.
Joe has the experience, character, and decency to bring us together and restore America’s greatness. We deserve a person with integrity and judgment, someone who is honest and fair, someone who is committed to what is best for the American people.
Joe is that kind of leader, and he is the right person for this moment in our nation’s history. He understands that honesty and dignity are essential traits that determine not only our vision but our actions. More than ever, that’s what we need.
During these uncertain times, Joe Biden realizes that many American lives can be saved each day with the use of masks and testing, as recommended by our medical experts.
Joe Biden must be our next president.