President Obama acknowledged that some criticism of him may be racially motivated, but denied the idea that it is driving opposition to his policies.

The president addressed claims made by former President Jimmy Carter that attacks on Obama were racially based in the series of interviews on the major news networks set to air on Sunday.

"Are there people out there who don't like me because of race? I'm sure there are," Obama said on CNN. "That's not the overriding issue here."

Instead, Obama said that the driving force of criticism comes from those who have long-held suspicions of government, and chafe at his plans to reform healthcare in the U.S.

"Now there are some who are, setting aside the issue of race, actually I think are more passionate about the idea of whether government can do anything right," the president told ABC. "And I think that that’s probably the biggest driver of some of the vitriol."

Drawing on other predecessors' experiences, Obama said that some of the criticism he's faced is similar to that faced by former Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

"I mean, the things that were said about FDR are pretty similar to the things that were said about me, that he was a communist, he was a socialist," he told CNN. "Things that were said about Ronald Reagan when he was trying to reverse some of the New Deal programs, you know, were -- were pretty vicious, as well."