The Nation: Carter and His Critics

Any presidential candidate who seems to be breaking ahead of the pack is bound to come under fire. That has been happening lately to Jimmy Carter, who has been getting an increasingly critical press. Carter last week discussed specific complaints against him in interviews with TIME Senior Editor Marshall Loeb and Washington Correspondent Stanley Cloud. Some of the charges, and Carter's replies:

Carter, now a caustic critic of Alabama Governor George Wallace, once promised to nominate Wallace at the 1972 Democratic National Convention.

"I never promised to nominate him and I never came close to doing so," Carter insists. "I did receive a...