ATLANTA: Former President Jimmy Carter is casting the Occupy protests as a relatively successful movement because they focused national discussion on wealth disparity.
Carter said at an event in Atlanta on Wednesday that Occupy organizers have succeeded in forcing the media and Congress to realize the "chasm is getting greater than leaps and bounds" between the rich and the poor.
He said: "That issue was basically ignored by the Congress and the news media a year ago. I believe they've achieved putting that back on the agenda."
The Georgia Democrat spoke at a Duke University event that also featured his oldest grandson, Jason, who was elected to the Georgia Senate in May 2010.