HOUSTON -- Former President Jimmy Carter, in Houston today to raise money for his presidential library, predicts Ronald Reagan will be a one-term president because Americans were 'mistaken in 1980.'
'I don't think there is going to be any quick solution to (the economy) in the next couple of years,' Carter said in an interview with The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle Thursday.
'I think the Democrats have an excellent chance in 1984.'
Carter listed several criticisms of Reagan's performance in office.
'I've got criticisms to make of the Reagan administration in human rights, arms control, environmental policies and the search for peace,' Carter said.
'But I say those things in an analytical sense, not in a personal condemnatory sense.'
Carter blamed Reagan's win in 1980 on three factors: the Iranian hostage crisis, the subsequent doubling of world oil prices in 1979 and the hostility of liberal Democrats to his conservative fiscal policies.
Carter said Americans accepted promises from Reagan in 1980 that Reagan could not keep.
'A lot of people were ... I started to say misled ... mistaken in 1980,' Carter said. 'They were looking for simple answers to very complicated questions and simple and easy, magic solutions to intransigent problems.
'And President Reagan offered these to them in a very effective way -- that we could cut taxes 30 percent, increase defense expenditures beyond all previous experience in peace time and balance the budget. I think now they have been disillusioned about that and know that's not the case.'
Carter said his own personal choice for the Democratic presidential nomination is Walter Mondale, but he will support whoever gets the nomination.