Update: Walter Mondale is 'doing well,' released from the Mayo Clinic


Former Vice President Walter Mondale was released on Saturday from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The former vice president had been treated there for cold and flu symptoms, a Mayo spokeswoman said.

The Rochester Post Bulletin quoted hospital spokeswoman Kelley Luckstein who said that Mondale, 87, was "doing well" after his brief stay at the clinic.

The Star Tribune reported that Mondale was admitted after a routine checkup at the clinic on Friday. Last February, Mondale underwent heart surgery at Mayo last year, just days after the death of his wife, Joan Mondale.

MPR News reported that Mondale was to have appeared with his former boss, former President Jimmy Carter at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolison Friday. Carter told the forum that Mondale had informed him by telephone that he was at the Mayo Clinic. Mondale but told Carter to tell everyone that he was doing well.

Mondale, a former U.S. Senator from Minnesota, served with Carter during his 1977-1981 administration. In the 1984, he ran unsuccessfully for the White House against then President Ronald Reagan. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

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