Jimmy Carter asked him to deliver his eulogy, Biden says

(CNN) Former President Jimmy Carter He has heard Joe Biden The President said on Monday to pay his eulogy following his death.

“He’s sorry, sorry,” Biden said to supporters at a fundraiser in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

“I spent time with Jimmy Carter and it finally caught up with him. But they found a way to keep him going longer than expected because they saw a breakthrough,” the president continued.

Biden was referring to Carter’s long battle with cancer. In 2015, the former president announced that four spots of cancer had spread to his brain, but following treatment, he Pronounced cancer-free In December of that year.

He faced a series of health scares in 2019 Surgery was done To remove the pressure on his brain. His failing health forced him to abandon his decades-long tradition of teaching Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, his hometown.

Carter Center It was announced last month The former president has decided to seek hospice care at his home in Georgia.

“After a series of short hospital stays, former US President Jimmy Carter decided today to spend the rest of his time at home with his family and receive hospice care in lieu of further medical intervention. He has the full support of his family and his medical team.” The center, which Carter co-founded with his wife, Rosalynn, hopes to promote world peace and health, the center said at the time.

CNN reported last month that Biden was being counseled about the former president’s deteriorating health and seeking hospice care. The fellow Democrat and longtime Carter admirer was closely associated with the Carter family and the former president’s closest advisers.

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Biden last saw Carter During a visit to the plains In 2021.

Carter, who turned 98 last year, became the living president of the United States after the death of George HW Bush, who died in late 2018 at the age of 94. The country’s 39th president has kept a low public profile in recent years due to the coronavirus pandemic. But his long-standing cause is to continue to speak out about the dangers to democracy around the world.

CNN’s Aaron Bellish, Shawna Mizell and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.

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