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Walter Mondale

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Walter Mondale

Walter Mondale

Posted by Mike Dougherty, Local News Editor.

We ran into former Vice President Walter Mondale at lunch today. Mondale, the 1984 Democratic party nominee for president, is in town with his wife Joan while their daughter Eleanor recovers from surgery to remove a small cancerous brain tumor. They report that Eleanor , 48,  is doing well and could leave the hospital this weekend. Eleanor also had a brain tumor removed by Mayo Clinic physicians in 2005. This one was much smaller.

While chatting with him, Mondale noted the Democrats' race for the presidential nomination is an interesting one. He's backing Sen. Hillary Clinton, but said he's not certain how they'll resolve the tight race that many people think is going to end up in a brokered convention in Denver.

"I don't see how anyone can emerge a winner before the convention, because of the rules that parcel out the delegates," he said. "You can win the vote in a state, but you might only end up with three delegates."

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Interesting thoughts. Many news stories have noted how in 1984 the super delegates helped Mondale hold off a surge by Colorado Sen. Gary Hart . It was the first time the super delegates were used -- the super-delegate system was created in 1982 to give certain party officials, based on the positions they hold, a greater voice in the nominating process. Now it appears that the superdelegates could play a key role, perhaps in Clinton's favor.

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