Posts by Sarah R Carter | Jack Carter for Senate: "September 10, 2006
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- The 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, delighted the crowd as a surprise guest speaker this afternoon at the Fiestas Patrias (Mexican Independence Day Festival) at Freedom Park in Las Vegas.
President Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter arrived in Las Vegas this morning to visit their son at Summerlin Hospital, where he is recovering from complications from severe colitis. However, by midday, Jack Carter – the Democratic nominee for United States Senator – was responding well enough to treatment that his father felt comfortable leaving his bedside to speak on Jack’s behalf.
The President – accompanied by his grandson, Jason Carter -- addressed the crowd in Spanish, urging those who haven’t already done so to register and then to vote in this fall’s election. He directed members of the largely-Hispanic audience to a tent at the festival at which they could conveniently register.
Later, President Carter told reporters that his son’s campaign is not deterred by his illness, and that Jack is eager to resume campaigning. The President said, “The campaign is well organized.” He added that he is upbeat about his son’s chances in the November 7th election.
“Jack’s opponent has been among the most subservient members of the United States Senate,” President Carter said, pointing to John Ensign’s voting record, which is in nearly-total support of Bush administration policies.
While President Carter ‘stood in’ for his son at this afternoon’s festival, Jack visited with his mother and other family members and also watched a football game from his hospital bed, according to Dr. Edward Nathan, a family friend and one of the doctors overseeing Jack’s care. “Jack continues to respond well to treatment,” Dr. Nathan said.