Former Vice President Walter Mondale Released From Hospital

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15th July 1976: Democratic Presidential nominee Jimmy Carter raises hands with Vice Presidential nominee Walter Mondale (right) at the Democratic National Convention, New York City. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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Former Vice President Walter Mondale, 87, is "doing well" and is going home after a brief hospitalization for influenza, a hospital spokeswoman said Saturday.

During a speech in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Friday, former President Jimmy Carter said he had spoken to Mondale, his former vice president, who was being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

"He went there for just a regular physical examination but had a fever, and they finally said that he has influenza," Carter told the crowd. "He is in bed right this moment, but looking forward to come back home."

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Kelley Luckstein, a spokeswoman for the Mayo Clinic, told NBC News on Saturday that "Vice President Mondale is doing well. He was treated for flu and cold systems, and is headed home."

The hospital treated Mondale when he underwent heart surgery in February 2014.

His wife of 58 years, Joan, died on Feb. 4 at age 83 after a long illness.

Mondale served as Carter's vice president from Jan. 20, 1977 to Jan. 20, 1981. He also served as a U.S. senator from Minnesota and ambassador to Japan. He lost the 1984 race for president to Ronald Reagan.


— Jillian Sederholm and Elizabeth Chuck