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Former Vice President Walter Mondale died at 93, his family says.
Walter Mondale, who served as vice president under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1984, died Monday in Minneapolis, a family spokesman said.
How old is Walter Mondale ?
He was 93 year old died.
Cause of Death
Near his death on Sunday, the elderly Minnesota statesman spoke by phone with President Biden and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as Vice President Harris and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Axios reported.
In a farewell email obtained by the website, Mondale told 320 employees who worked for him during his four-decade political career how much they meant to him and said he knew they would “keep up the good fight.”
Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale and his running mate Geraldine Ferraro salute as they leave an evening rally in Portland, Oregon, in 1984.
He was the oldest vice president after the death of George H. W. Bush in 2018.
Known as Fritz by family, friends, and voters alike, Mondale was a Minnesota attorney general and senator before serving under Carter from 1977 to 1981.
Former Vice President Walter Mondale introduces Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Mondale’s own candidacy for the White House in 1984 ended in an overwhelming historic defeat to the popular Republican Ronald Reagan. His crushing 525-13 electoral college defeat came after he bluntly told voters to expect a tax increase if he won.
He ran a liberal campaign, and was the first major party presidential candidate to put a woman on the ballot, with his selection of Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York.
“I did the best I could,” Mondale said the day after the election, as he blamed only himself.
Joe Biden shakes hands with former Vice President Walter Mondale as they participate in a forum honoring Mondale’s legacy in 2015.
Walter Frederick Mondale, the son of a Methodist minister and music teacher, was born on January 5, 1928, in Ceylon, Minnesota, and entered politics at age 20, working on the successful Senate campaign of his political mentor Hubert H. Humphrey in 1948.
After a two-year stint in the military, Mondale graduated with a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1956. He was elected attorney general in the fall of 1960 and reelected in 1962.
Mondale began his career in Washington in 1964, when he was appointed to the Senate to replace Humphrey, who had resigned to become vice president.
Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn Carter
In the Senate, Mondale advocated for social issues such as education, housing, migrant workers, and child nutrition, and was an outspoken supporter of the civil rights movement.
He was elected to the vice president seat on the 1976 Democratic ticket, which later removed Gerald Ford.
As vice president, Mondale had a close relationship with Carter. He was the first vice president to occupy an office in the White House, rather than a building across the street.
After his years in the White House, Mondale served as Clinton’s ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996.
President Bill Clinton endorses his nominee for ambassador to Japan, former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Then, in 2002, Democrats looked to Mondale when Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash less than two weeks before Election Day.
He agreed to replace Wellstone, but lost, despite early polls showing him leading the way over the Republican nominee, Norm Coleman.
It was his first loss in his home state, where he prided himself on having a perfect record.
“One of the things I’m most proud of,” he said in 1987, “is that not once in my public career did I lose an election in Minnesota.”
Years after the 2002 defeat, Mondale returned to the Senate to side with Democrat Al Franken in 2009 when he was sworn in to replace Coleman.
Throughout his life, Mondale never abandoned his liberal principles.
“I think the country needs progressive values more than ever,” he said in 1989.