Mr. Carter did not always push global poverty initiatives, said Mr. Coats, who first met Mr. Carter in 2002 before he won his seat in Congress representing Texas' 31st district.
"Selling the free-enterprise system brought down the Berlin Wall," said Mr. Carter, speaking to Results lobbyists who visited his office last week. "It brought down communism. It turned especially Eastern European countries in the right direction. And we can do the same thing for underdeveloped countries with these microcredit programs."