Carter predicts unified convention


ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter predicted Saturday that Jesse Jackson will be 'adequately included' in the decision-making process at the Democratic National Convention and that all differences will be resolved.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were surrounded by about 100 shoving, shouting news cameramen and reporters as they toured the Omni Coliseum where the four-day convention opens Monday.


Smiling his famous smile and appearing relaxed, the former president from Plains, Ga., was asked by reporters if he would be a mediator between Jackson and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, as Jackson had requested.

'I don't think they need my help,' Carter said. 'They'll workit out. I think that yesterday (Friday) the conversation between Dukakis and Jackson showed that they're working it out.'

He was asked if Dukakis would include the black civil rights leader in the decision-making at the convention.

'I think he'll be adequately included,' Carter replied.

But will Jackson actively support Dukakis in the fall campaign?

'I don't have any doubt about that,' Carter smiled.

Jackson was miffed because Dukakis had failed to inform him before it became public knowledge that he had chosen Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas to be his vice presidential running mate and feels his campaign is not being given a big enough role in the convention and the party.

The Jackson campaign then broke off negotiations in Atlanta with the Dukakis forces on differences over planks in the party platform, raising the specter of a possible bitter floor fight.

Jackson-Dukakis campaign advisers were to meet Saturday to work out their differences.

Carter, 63, and Rosalynn walked up to the speaker's rostrum of the podium and, reminiscent of his victory celebration at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, waved their arms for photographers.

The onetime peanut farmer, who will address the convention Monday night, marking his first major public role in the national Democratic Party since his election loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980, endorsed the Dukakis-Bentsen ticket.

'I knew him (Dukakis) when he was governor the first time. I knew him when he was governor the second time. He's a man who'll keep his promises.'

As for Dukakis's selection of Bentsen as his runningmate, Carter said, 'I think it's the best choice he could of made. I'm really delighted.'

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