Mondale said she first met Dole when her father debated him in Houston 20 years ago. 'We put in a request to interview him (Dole), and I don't know why he wouldn't do it,' she said. As candidates in a media maelstrom, both her father and Dole admittedly have struggled to adapt to the television age. 'Isn't that funny?' asked the TV-savvy Mondale, who broke into the biz as an entertainment reporter for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. 'My father likes being in office. He doesn't necessarily like the campaigning part of it because of having to be conscious of the television cameras. The media were a source of discomfort for him, and it seems that Dole is sort of from the same school my Dad was. 'When they grew up, America was different.' Mondale, still an ardent Democrat, said some Republicans have been perplexed by her presence here. 'People don't know what to say. There's sort of a curiosity factor,' she said. ''Wow, that's a Mondale in the middle of the Republican convention! But I also don't walk around with a big sign saying, 'I'm a Mondale.' '