He was VP when I was born and one of my earliest political memories is of him being the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee. I remember hoping he would win, not because I had real political views at age 6, but because that is the age we are taught to take turns and I figured Reagan had his turn. He and Jimmy Carter held the record for longest surviving ticket post-presidency at 40 years and three months. He died today at age 93. His other offices included AG of MN (1960-1964), US Senator from MN (1964-1976), and US Ambassador to Japan (1993-1996). He was the replacement nominee for Paul Wellstone for US Senate in 2002.
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RIP to Vice President Mondale. The last genuine New Deal liberal to run for President favoring, in the words of his predecessor and mentor Vice President Hubert Humphrey, a government that meets the moral test of how it treats children, the elderly, and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. Fritz was a lifelong advocate for civil rights, women’s rights, and social justice, along with arguably being the first Vice President to be treated as a real governing partner in a presidency. Frankly, had President Carter listened to him more, he might have gotten re-elected and Mondale could have succeeded him rather than losing 49 states in a largely quixotic race against President Reagan. Vice President Harris can thank Walter Mondale for redefining the role through his own vice presidency along with his first crack at the glass ceiling in picking Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, the first woman vice presidential nominee of a major party. His sharp Midwestern dry wit was on best display in this primary debate against Gary Hart.
The Times obit has a lot of great tidbits as well. One of the comments came from a MN resident who met him a few years ago and proudly told him he was the first candidate she was old enough. Without missing a beat he said “you must be the one!”.
Joe Trippi’s Fritz Mondale story: