Walter Mondale, Former Vice President and Failed Presidential Candidate, Dies at 93

Walter Mondale, Former Vice President and Failed Presidential Candidate, Dies at 93

On the day before he died, former Vice President Walter Mondale spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris on the phone, one of several conversations he had on Sunday with current and former politicians, his friend and former staffer Tom Cosgrove told Axios.

Mondale, who was former President Jimmy Carter's vice president, died on Monday at the age of 93.

Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination himself in 1984, and made history by naming a woman, US Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of NY, as his running mate before ultimately falling short to Reagan.

Mondale also wrote an email to be sent upon his death to 320 former staffers, including many who worked for him decades ago. "Joe in the White House certainly helps". Before I Go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. He later served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan and the envoy to Indonesia under then-President Bill Clinton.

After Carter lost to Ronald Reagan in 1980, Mondale captured the Democratic nomination for president in 1984.

Walter Mondale married Joan Adams in 1955, and together, they had three children: Ted, who served in the Minnesota Senate; Eleanor, who was a broadcast journalist and TV host; and William, who was an assistant attorney general. He followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, to the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

Mr Carter said he considered Mr Mondale the "best vice-president in our country's history".

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