Carter: Habitat could give Washington a lesson

NEW YORK (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says that if Washington leaders really want to work together, they could take a page from Habitat for Humanity.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, wielded power drills themselves Friday. They were helping the organization fix up a long-abandoned New York City home. The Carters are marking the 30th anniversary of their volunteer work with Habitat.

The Democratic former president spoke on the federal government shutdown's 11th day. He said all those in charge of it could get a lesson in collaborating from looking at the work on the Queens home.

Carter says you can't put boards down on a deck without cooperation.

Carter spoke to The Associated Press and some other media outlets, then went back to work.

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