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Carter: Obama jobs bill strategy will succeed

Former President Carter said he thinks President Obama's strategy for passing the jobs bill will be successful.

"I think the public is going to decide that he is right and the Republican opposition is wrong," said Carter on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday.

He praised Obama for drafting the legislation in the White House and presenting it to Congress as well as using the bully pulpit to make his pitch directly to the American people.

Carter predicted that Republicans will accept at least half of the proposals in the bill, but said if they don't pass the entire bill there will be negative political consequences.

Obama is trying to prevent himself from becoming the first Democratic president since Carter to be a one-termer. Conservatives have been fond of comparing Obama to Carter, particularly when it comes to the economy.

Carter told MSNBC that every major piece of legislation introduced in Congress during his administration was drafted by his team in the White House, in collaboration with the House and Senate leadership.

When asked about the substantive impact of the jobs bill, he said he believes it will have a limited, but positive, impact on the economy.

"I think it will have a minimal impact, but positive impact. Limited, but positive, yes. Ultimately we have to deal with the enormous debt," said Carter.

The former president said he is hopeful that Congress will eventually pass a package that combines increased revenue and cuts in entitlement spending.