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This Day in Georgia History

October 21, 1976

Billy Carter Commented on Campaign

As Jimmy Carter and President Gerald Ford campaigned in New York the day before their final debate. Carter’s brother, Billy, gave his lighthearted views of the campaign to an Albany, Georgia audience. On his brother Jimmy’s drinking habits, Billy said, “Jimmy used to drink liquor. Now he’s running for president he drinks Scotch, and I’ve never trusted a Scotch drinker.” Billy preferred the alcohol choice of his brother’s running mate, Walter Mondale - “I liked him the best of all the ones who came to Plains. He’s from a small town and he’s a beer drinker.” Billy went on to add that he found the Playboy Magazine centerfold “more interesting” than his brother’s interview in the same magazine.