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Arne Carlson endorses Tim Walz for Congress

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- A couple of big endorsements came Sunday afternoon for incumbent Congressman Tim Walz (DFL).  Former Vice President Walter Mondale gave the Walz his full support, as well as former republican governor Arne Carlson.

A crowd of about 50 squeezed into one of the rooms at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union in Rochester. The topic for both the main speakers was on political civility and fair debate. An issue that has gone over the top a few times in the 1st Congressional race between Walz and his republican challenger Randy Demmer.

"The truth is, we've allowed ourselves to create a political system where the goal, all too often, is to demonize somebody who runs for public office. And then we're surprised that we can't get the levels of talent that we want," says Carlson.

"The time I was in the Senate and in politics when I ran against Reagan, we had our debates, absolutely, you have to do that. But they were civil. I think we were friends at the end of these debates," explains Mondale.

Carlson urged voters to get up and stump for their candidate, either making phone calls or knocking on doors.

The campaign for Randy Demmer, Walz's republican challenger, is responding to this afternoon's endorsement. Campaign manager Jason Flohrs says, "This endorsement today is just his latest attempt at distraction. Ultimately voters, not politicians, will decide the outcome of this election."

On Friday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Randy Demmer, as well as the National Federation of Independent Business.

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