MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson have called a news conference to discuss the state government’s shutdown.

Mondale is a Democrat who represented Minnesota as a U.S. senator in the 1960s and `70s. Carlson is a Republican who served as governor in the 1990s.

They’ll hold a joint news conference Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the rotunda of Minneapolis City Hall. They’re expected to offer a proposal in response to the state budget stalemate. Carlson was coy Monday when asked what he planned to discuss.

The shutdown is the result of the state’s failure to pass a new budget by Friday’s deadline. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-controlled state legislature are at odds over how to close the state’s $5 billion budget deficit.

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Comments (52)
  1. sam says:

    Lets hope the past can help the present as they need all the help they can get.

    1. jim says:

      The LAST ones we want to hear from are Mondale and Carlson.

      1. Jake says:

        No kidding. These two liberals don’t have anything useful to contribute as far as I’m concerned.

    2. Greg says:

      MN needs to re-start a time when its Leaders compromise and do what’s right, e.g.: Humphrey standing up against the Dem Party ‘s Nat’l convention to demand we start Civil Rights, Eisenhower’s warning of a military industrial complex, pre. Regan saying we shouldn’t raise taxes then he did so 5 or 6 times, Geo. H. W. Bush’s “no-new-taxes” pledge then he changed his mind; and beholden to extreme ideologies. In my opinion all Leaders should be willing to change/compromise. Let’s hope this State can regain its former image as a State that works. I believe it’s in the Preamble of the US Constitution where it states that not only is government of, for, and by the people, but also for the betterment al ALL people.

    3. Rachel says:

      Sam I think you have that right. It seems to me that most supporting a republican and most of the republican legislators are very negative and one note speakers. Listen to the rhetoric to see which party is really holding up the negotiations. If a person is unwilling to listen to anyone but themselves, they have a very narrow view of the world. Theirs. If Arne Carlson and Mondale can help this situation than all should be happy. Now back to business. This isn’t about politics. It is about saving a state and doing so gracefully. This is everyones state. Everyone should be represented. Yes, even the poor, the disabled, and the elderly. Most women are one husband from welfare, most men are one paycheck from welfare, and most elderly are one disease away from welfare. Give everyone a break and try living the real Christian life. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Even though you may not want to admit it,,,if you had a choice between going on welfare and not feeding your kids or buying them medicine. You would go on welfare. I worked in a family practice clinic helping people get medication if they couldn’t afford it. A lot of those people are the WORKING poor. Judgement is mine sayeth the Lord. Quit judging people and calling them names. We all need to work together to fix this mess.

      1. Shame on Rachel says:

        Rachel, stop using Jesus to justify stealing from others. May GOD forgive you.

  2. Del says:

    Is Carlson being brought in from the nursing home for this non-event? This will put people to sleep with the two of them speaking.

  3. Greg says:

    Neither of these Spendthrift Liberals, Arne’s being a RINO and all, have anything intelligent to say. Keep it a Non-event and do not cover it for our sake of boredom and frustration. Their rhetoric will only make things worse> No Thank You! !

  4. Three Ring Circus says:

    Why not bring in Jesse too.

  5. ed says:

    at least someone is trying instead of No like a Republican oh I’m independat in my votes don’t kiss hinder of any party

  6. Chuck says:

    Excuse me!!! You mean REPUBLICAN ex- Govenor Carlson is a LIBERAL? I believe that he was the last middle of the road Republican or Democrat govenor that we have had. We do need a middle of the road person from either side to get this mess fixed!!!!!

    1. Curtis says:

      He was never middle of the road. He was a left leaning repub, all we could elect in a state full of Jimmy Carters. You got to take what you can get until the people finally wake up.

      1. As jack said... says:

        I think they have that’s why they would be willing to hear what he might say.When this state was truly great (remember the Minnesota Miracle?) it was the result of both parties concerned what was beneficial to all Minnesotans. Education was viewed as a public good and not an entitlement to be slashed for the convenience of the wealthiest. Programs to ensure that those poorest or unemployed due to mismanagement or greed had their basic human rights i.e. health care, food, shelter, etc. were met. Carlson was a progressive Republican that was voted in at time when there was also a budget short fall. Curits you think you are the middle of the road politically but you are not. Solutions require creative, pragmatic and realistic ideas based on what is needed not what a radical element in one particular party subscribes to. The very premise of a representative democracy require compromise for it to succeed.

        1. Timothy says:

          Carlson was a embarrassment to the Republican Party.

          1. Looking for Leaders says:

            @Timothy How about Reagan? that guy that increased the national debt and who raised taxes as much as he cut (except on the richest people)

            google “reagan tax cuts and increases”

  7. besty says:

    maybe this is what they all need, can’t hurt if neither party is willing to budge. What they all really, really need is to have a bunch of folks whom have been effected by this shutdown let them do some talking. be good for themto hear it and maybe get them all going in the right direction

    1. Red says:

      When Mondale ran for pres against Reagon he said “weboth are raising taxes and the only difference is I will tell you”. Reagon lowered taxes and the economy flurished. What is this bozo doing giving advice?

      1. citizen says:

        One or two positive comments and they rest are the same old rhetoric. We should all contribute to a positive solution instead of the same manure flying both ways. Think about what is best for everyone instead of the right/left wing extremists. I would bet the sane middle of the road folks outnumber the ones on each end. Hope everyone had a great 4th.

        1. Selene says:

          Just who the H do you think you are judging the posts. You are a lonely old retired government worker who thinks he is a notch above the rest. I got news for you, your not.

          1. A bunch of haters says:

            @Selene In that case who are you to judge? sounds hypocritical

          2. Citizen says:

            @Selene. The “citizen” above is not me, the “old, retired government worker. Just another imposter using a sign-on close to mine. And, sorry to burst your bubble, I am a lot more intelligent and well-read than most of the posters on this website, including you, sweetcakes.

      2. Steve says:

        Reagan raised taxes twice.

      3. As jack said... says:

        Actually Reagan raised taxes every year in office after 1982. The rhetoric never matched the actions.

        1. Looking for Leaders says:

          And increased the national debt. The funny thing is, Reagan would be the same as Carlson in the current Republican party, never voted in…

          1. Heidi says:

            I don’t know what President Reagan has to do with any of this that we are commenting about!! Stick to the subject!

  8. Bingo says:

    Yeah, I hope Arne drops the bomb on the GOP regarding their dirty tactics. Stem cells, abortion…Really? You GOP guys had a deal before you just had to sneak that crap in there. And maybe Mondale will one-two punch the governor into growing a pair and spelling it out exactly why he absolutely/undoubtedly, NEEDS this new money without using Grandma and the disabled to hide behind. Then the rest of us will drop this party-line crap and do the right thing. The right thing, being, what is good for Minnesota. No more cone of silence–tevlevise it all. Watching eyes make children behave.

  9. MikeyB says:

    Not sure either can add any value.! Maybe we should just outsource the gov to India. They found lots of babels over there. May be they can balance the budget.

  10. Maureen says:

    I don’t know…..Mondale and Carson together…..They just might kick some a$$ Or not…..But I wouldn’t want to cross Mondale…..He know’s where the bodies are burried and probably burried some of them.

  11. teddy says:

    Republican Legislature – Don’t budge. We are proud of you for holding the line. Minnesota government spends too much the way it is. Don’t let governor Dayton blackmail you with his government shutdown. This whole fiasco is going to backfire in his face.

  12. Looking for Leaders says:

    Why are people so unpatriotic these days, wishing bad of the government is just wrong.

    The more I read the rhetoric the more I see anarchists. “Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy.”

    Government isn’t bad, it actually necessary for a strong robust economy that has a civil society. What ruins government is corruption!!!

  13. Pavel says:

    Two respected and honorable former leaders. They may bring a new perspective on the impasse. Good for them…..and us!

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  14. Frank says:

    The first thing that one has to realize is that the GOP is about winning. They care about nothing else. The real cost of the shutdown will be far more than the difference in the budget numbers between the Democrats and Republicans. Their proposal for a lights on bill conditional upon passing their social agenda. Redistricting so petty the GOP moved lines a few blocks to put incumbents in St Paul in the same district. Aid to cities, cut to St Paul, Minneapolis and Duluth, the areas that vote Republican. The GOP is about themselves. They care not for the state only the power. They ought to remember what happened to the popular Gov. Anderson when he got too full of himself and had himself appointed Senator.

  15. StraycatStrut says:

    Again…. 2 liberals at a news conference… like why? These two should be giving a private conference to Dayton and encouraging him to sign an inflated $34 BIllion dollar budget and get the State back on its feet instead of this continued embarassment to the nation reflecting stupidity.

  16. Stacy says:

    Ex-gov Carlson supported Obama. Why would anyone want to listen to what that man has to say. Go crawl back into the hole you were in!
    Thank GOD for the Repubican Party!!! Please hold strong against Dayton!

    1. Dennis from Elk River says:

      I beleive a survey I saw had 70+ percent of the respondants placing the blame for the current situation on the Republicans.

      That is also wrong. Place the blame 50% – 50% and lets start moving forward.

      1. Sean says:

        People think what they will despite evidence to the contrary, just keep reading the posts.

        1. Just Cause says:

          @Sean “despite evidence to the contrary”, what evidence?

          1. Sean says:

            Your handle appears on many of the articles and you have to ask. People have posted many things that have been legitimately refuted. The next day the people are back posting the same thing all over again.

          2. Truth says:

            Republicans presented a balanced budget to Gov Googlie Eye and he vetoed it. The budget presented was the largest in state history and increased spending by 6%. Those are facts / evidence. Check the state records.

            1. Sean says:

              If the medicare waiver which has never been granted is not granted would there be a balanced budget. No The GOP knows this. The budget was not balanced. The revenue prediction in the GOP budget was an unobtainable number, that also makes it an unbalanced budget. All this is well known but “Truth” proved my first point. Thank you

  17. Frank says:

    The GOP legislature is not about doing what is good for the people, they are about winning. The cost of the shutdown will be more than the difference in the budget proposals. Attempting to add their social agenda to the lights on proposal was about winning. Their cuts to LGA for the cities that did not vote GOP was pure politics. Just like when Wendy Anderson got too full of himself the state will turn away from these politicians.

    1. Joe Hanson says:

      “Their cuts to LGA for the cities that did not vote GOP was pure politics.”

      Why do Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth need State subsidies?

      Don’t Minneapolis and St Paul have their own sales tax?

      1. Frank says:

        Sales taxes were for specific projects (Target Field, convention centers). Why does Rochester, Edina, Medina, Mankato, Ada or the rest need government money?

  18. Just Cause says:

    @Frank “Their cuts to LGA for the cities that did not vote GOP” interesting, hadn’t seen this.

  19. Citizen says:

    @Frank. Good information on LGA. I hadn’t seen this, either. You are absolutely right. it is all about winning at the expense of the taxpayers and the state. The pendulum always swings back toward the middle….

  20. Heidi says:

    I think all of you commentators who are putting President Reagan down should read The Reagan Diaries! It is an eye opener! So until you know what he went through as president, stop commenting on things you don’t know anything about!

    1. Looking for Leaders says:

      @Heidi enlighten us with some examples

      1. Heidi says:

        Read the book! All I can tell you is that he was a very busy man and loved this country and God! I have just gotten to the end of the first year of his term, and I can tell everyone, until you have filled his shoes or even became president, you guys don’t know all the story! I suggest to everyone who is complaining about President Reagan, read his book! And another thing….I think we should all stick to the subject of the commentary….I don’t know what Reagan has to do with Minnesota shutting down it’s state government!

  21. Tom says:

    Under Governor Arne Carlson there was a monetary loss in proper finical taxes in the State of Minnesota. This increased the a monetary defer to the proper taxes which induced a improper gain in taxes from corporations and citizens.
    Governor Mark Dayton is increasing an improper monetary gain for people who don’t work in Minnesota. Dayton also kept the horse track open but the taxes were payed. Dayton has increased the monetary taxes in eliminating a vast number of jobs in the State of Minnesota that made a profit.
    We have a incompetent Governor that gives more money to people from the Far-East living in the State of Minnesota. Why is a non-American citizen given 2200 per person every month and they aren’t working? An American citizen working for the State of Minnesota for 25 years is given 1500 per person. We have a very incompetent and disgraceful government that won’t focus upon Americans or people living in Minnesota.