TIFTON, GA (WALB) - President Jimmy Carter spoke to the students of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College this morning in Howard Auditorium by invitation of the ABAC College Democrats.
ABAC President David Bridges said the college has a long relationship with the former president.
"President Carter actually attended peanut short courses sponsored by ABAC long before he became involved in politics," Bridges said. "He was a peanut farmer from Plains who wanted the latest and most up to date information."
Carter talked about how much voting and politics have changed since he was in office.
He emphasized the importance of voting in next week's general election election and says it's the best way to make some changes in the state.
"I think it resonated loud and clear. I think a lot of them are energized now to go out and have their opinions voiced and going to a state school they have very good opinions about what's going on and have it directly affects them," said Andrew Smith.
Carter last visited the ABAC campus in 2011 when he opened an exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village titled "Jimmy Carter: Georgia's Native Son." The exhibit chronicled Carter's life from his roots in Plains to the White House years to his humanitarian efforts through the Carter Center."ABAC is honored to have President Carter return to our campus," Bridges said. "He has been a good friend for many years, and I think his topic is very timely."
Carter spoke on "The History of Voting in Georgia" with special emphasis on the upcoming election on Nov. 4. The community is invited to attend although seating will be limited due to the fact that many ABAC students will be in attendance.
"This visit by President Carter represents another opportunity for our students to take part in a living history exercise," Bridges said.