Walter Mondale, a Liberal Democrat who served as Vice President of the United States under Jimmy Carter before losing his own White House bid to Ronald Reagan in 1984, has died at the age of 93.
Born in southern Minnesota, Mondale began his political career in 1960 as an attorney general of his home state and four years later as a U.S. Senator, before becoming one of the leading figures of the Democratic Party from mid-to-late. 20th century. .
Over the course of his career, Mondale was credited with bolstering and bringing to the fore the Vice President’s role in American politics, and for having designated Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in 1984 – the first time ever. a woman was nominated for the role of a major party. Mondale, known as “Fritz,” also had a stint in US diplomacy, as an ambassador to Japan during Bill Clinton’s presidency in the 1990s.
“During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that was never seen before and still exists,” Carter said in a statement Monday evening. “He was an invaluable partner and an accomplished servant to the people of Minnesota, the United States, and the world,” added the former president.
From the start of his political career, Mondale has been an advocate for good causes, including the need for a stronger social safety net, fair housing laws and civil rights.
“There are a lot of bad consequences that come from segregation. The kids aren’t doing very well. We live apart. We don’t learn about each other. We’re all Americans. must stop, ” he told National Public Radio in 2018.
But Mondale was also known for the frankness with which he was willing to talk about the challenges facing the US. Most notably, during his acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, he warned that he was prepared to impose taxes to improve the country’s tax position.
“Let’s tell the truth,” he said. Reagan will be levying taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did it. ”Mondale lost the 1984 election in a landslide, winning only Minnesota and the District of Columbia. He later noted that during that race, Reagan sold” Morning in America “and I sold a root canal.
Mondale played a pivotal role in some of the Carter’s administration’s most significant accomplishments, including the 1978 Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt. But the energy crisis that ravaged the U.S. economy and the confrontation with Iran undermined the government’s foreign policy credentials, and Mondale and Carter were unable to secure a second term in office in light of the rising conservative sentiment and Reagan’s strong challenge.
Later in life, Mondale ran again in 2002 when he sought a seat in the Senate after a plane crash that killed Paul Wellstone, the Democratic Senator from Minnesota. But the former vice president was narrowly defeated by Republican Norm Coleman, ending his dreams of a political comeback.
In recent days, Mondale wrote a short farewell message to his staff, pointing out his imminent reunion with his late wife and daughter, who had passed away before he.
‘Well, my time has come. I would like to rejoin Joan and Eleanor, ‘Mondale wrote. “Together we have achieved so much and I know you will continue the good fight. Joe [Biden] in the White House certainly helps. “