Carter would pick Trump over Cruz
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Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that if he had to choose, he'd pick Republican presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE over rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCountdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Ex-Clinton aide: Dems should make 2020 'about integrity' Cruz: House 'fully intends' to impeach Trump MORE, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported

At a lecture in Britain's House of Lords on Wednesday, Carter was asked to give his “assessment” of American politics.

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After talking about his own victory in the 1976 Democratic presidential caucuses, he went on to say that Trump would be a better option than Cruz.

If he had to choose between them, “I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you,” he said.

“The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable,” Carter said. “I don’t think he has any fixed (positions) he’d go the White House and fight for. On the other hand, Ted Cruz is not malleable. He has far right-wing policies he’d pursue if he became president.”

Carter added that he had a “feeling” that Trump's chances for the presidency would “fade away.”

“When people actually get ready to put on a ballot, ‘This is the person I want to lead me for the next four or eight years, I think they’ll have a little different opinion,’” Carter said.

Ultimately, he said he will support whoever is the Democratic nominee, noting he thinks Hillary Clinton “will still prevail” despite rival Bernie Sanders’s “remarkable showing, particularly among young people.”