Former Vice President Walter Mondale endorses Clinton for president.
CLINTON, Iowa (CNN) - Former Vice President Walter Mondale said Sunday that he’s endorsing Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, because he believes she is running a positive bid for the White House and not stooping to “personal attacks” on other candidates.
“One thing that I like about her campaign,” Mondale said, “is that she’s stayed focused on her positive vision for change. She knows that it’s not the time to tear down our fellow Democrats with personal attacks.”
Mondale served under former President Jimmy Carter as the 42nd vice president of the United States.
“Being in the White House and running and leading our country is tough business,” Mondale added. “I’ve been there.”
“Hillary has the strength and experience to do it, to change the course that America’s on.”
Then it was Clinton's turn at the podium.
“I cannot tell you how totally honored I am to be here with someone whom I have admired all my adult life,” Clinton said. “Walter Mondale has served our country starting by serving his native state of Minnesota and then serving the United States with such distinction, such passion for what really matters in peoples lives.”
Mondale ran for president himself in 1984 but was defeated in a landslide victory by incumbent Republican President Ronald Reagan.
The two appeared together at a stop in the eastern Iowa city of Clinton and held a joint press conference on the banks of the Mississippi River.
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-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch