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Walter Mondale in hospital with flu

Former US vice president Walter Mondale is in hospital with flu.

He was supposed to introduce former president Jimmy Carter at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis yesterday.

Instead, Mr Carter told the audience that his former vice president was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Mr Carter said Mr Mondale had gone to the hospital for a routine check-up but was admitted after doctors discovered he had the flu.

Mr Carter said he spoke with Mr Mondale and the 87-year-old asked him to tell everyone that he is doing well.

The Mayo Clinic and Mr Mondale's son Ted were not immediately available for comment.

Mr Mondale also was a US senator and ambassador to Japan. He unsuccessfully ran for president against Ronald Reagan in 1984.

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