Gov. Jeb Bush took aim at Jimmy Carter Tuesday, saying the former president's criticism of Florida's election system was "a huge surprise."
"Without talking to a single person, without getting any information, he joins up with the MoveOn.org crowd, and I can't tell you how disappointed I am," Bush said.
Carter, who runs a fair elections advocacy center in Atlanta, wrote in the Washington Post Monday that Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood is a partisan supporter of President Bush, criticized the state for trying to purge likely Democratic voters from voter rolls and questioned the lack of a paper trail with touch screen voting machines.
" A repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely, even as many other nations are conducting elections that are internationally certified to be transparent, honest and fair," wrote Carter, a Democrat.
Carter's statements, particularly those regarding a paper trail, echo those of MoveOn.org, a liberal online political group that has called for paper ballots and a censure of President Bush for what the group says were misleading statements leading up to the war in Iraq.