Carter’s Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93

Minneapolis (AP) — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is a liberal icon who has lost one of the most biased presidential elections after frankly telling him to expect a tax increase if he wins voters. He was 93 years old.

The death of a former senator, ambassador, and Minnesota Attorney General was announced in a statement from his family. The cause is not quoted.

Mondale served under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981, following the path burned by his political leader, Hubert H. Humphrey, from Minnesota politics to the US Senate and Vice President. I did.

Carter said in a statement Monday night that he considers Mondale “the greatest vice president in our history.” “Fritz Mondale has provided us with a model of public services and private behavior,” he added.

President Joe Biden said of Mondale: “Few senators have commanded such universal respect before and after.”

Mondale’s own attempt at the White House in 1984 reached the pinnacle of Ronald Reagan’s popularity. Choosing New York Rep. Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate made him the first major political party presidential candidate to put a woman on the ticket, but his declaration of a tax increase defines the race. Helped to do.

On election day, he carried only his home state and the District of Columbia. Reagan’s electoral college vote was 525-13. This was the largest landslide victory in the Electoral College since Franklin Roosevelt defeated Alf Landon in 1936.

“I did my best,” Mondale said the day after the election and did not blame anyone but himself.

“I think you know I’ve never really warmed up on TV,” he said. “To be fair on TV, it never really warmed me up.”

A few years later, Mondale said his campaign message proved to be correct.

“History has proved to me that we have to raise taxes,” he said. “It wasn’t very popular, but it was definitely right.”

In 2002, state and national Democrats turned to Mondale when Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash within two weeks of the election day. Mondale agreed to represent Wellstone, and early polls showed that he was leading Republican candidate Norm Coleman.

However, 53-year-old Coleman emphasized youth and vitality and defeated then-74-year-old Mondale in a fierce six-day campaign. Mondale was also hurt by Wellstone’s party memorial service. Thousands of Democrats booed Republican politicians there. One speaker pleaded, “I ask you to help us to win this election for Paul Wellstone.”

Polls have shown that the service has postponed independence and required a vote by Mondale. Coleman won with 3 percentage points.

After the election, Mondale said, “It was the admirers who hurt the most.” “It doesn’t justify it, but we all make mistakes. Now we can’t find in our hearts to keep forgiving them?”

It was a particularly terrible defeat for Mondale, who comforted his perfect record in Minnesota after losing to Reagan.

“One of the things I’m most proud of is that I’ve never lost an election in Minnesota in my public career,” he said in 1987.

A few years after his 2002 defeat, Mondale returned to the Senate and stood by Democrat Al Franken in 2009, sworn in to replace Coleman after a draw-out recount and a court battle.

Mondale began his career in Washington in 1964 and was appointed to the Senate to replace Humphrey, who resigned as Vice President. Mondale was elected for a full six-year term in 1966 with about 54% of the votes cast, but Democrats lost their governor and suffered a setback in other elections. In 1972, Mondale won another Senate term with almost 57% of the votes cast.

His Senate career was characterized by advocacy for social issues such as education, housing, migrant workers, and child nutrition. Like Humphrey, he was an outspoken supporter of civil rights.

Mondale tested the body of water for a presidential bid in 1974, but eventually decided to oppose it. “Basically, I found that I didn’t have an overwhelming desire to be president. It’s essential for the kind of campaign I need,” he said in November 1974.

In 1976, Carter chose Mondale as second on the ticket and left Gerald Ford.

As Vice President, Mondale had a close relationship with Carter. He was the first Vice President to occupy the White House office, not the building across the street. Mondale traveled extensively on behalf of Carter and advised him on internal and external issues.

He lacked Humphrey’s charisma, but Mondale had a good sense of humor.

When he dropped out of President Sweepstakes in 1976, he said, “I don’t want to spend the next two years on holidays.”

“I checked and found that everything was refurbished and it was a great place to stay,” Mondale recalled shortly before being selected as Carter’s running mate.

Mondale never retreated from his liberal principles.

“I think the country needs more progressive values ​​than ever before,” Mondale said in 1989.

That year, the Democrats tried to persuade him to challenge Minnesota Republican Senator Rudy Boschwitz, but he decided to oppose the race, saying it was time to give way to a new generation.

“One of the requirements of a healthy party is to update itself,” he said at the time. “You can’t keep running Walter Mondale for everything.”

It paved the way for Wellstone to win the Democratic nomination and confuse Boschwitz. Wellstone was preparing to take over Mondale in the primary, but would have been a seriously vulnerable person.

Walter Frederick Mondale, the son of a Methodist minister and music teacher, was born on January 5, 1928 in the small Ceylon of Minnesota and grew up in several small towns in southern Minnesota.

He was only 20 years old when he was the district manager of Congress in the Humphrey Senate campaign in 1948. His education was interrupted by a two-year mission in the Army, where he earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1956.

Mondale began legal affairs in Minneapolis and succeeded in the 1958 Governor’s campaign of Democratic Orville Freeman, who appointed the State Attorney General in 1960. Mondale was elected Prosecutor-General in the fall of 1960 and was reelected in 1962.

As Attorney General, Mondale has swiftly moved to civil rights, antitrust and consumer protection proceedings. He was the first Minnesota Attorney General to make consumer protection an issue in the campaign.

After the White House era, Mondale was President Bill Clinton’s Ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996, fighting for US access to markets ranging from automobiles to mobile phones.

He helped avoid a trade war over cars and auto parts in June 1995, persuaded Japanese officials to give American car makers more access to Japanese dealers, and Japanese cars. I urged the manufacturer to buy American parts.

Mondale maintained his relationship with Clinton. In 2008, he nominated Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton as president and switched his loyalty only after Barack Obama sealed the nomination.

When Democrats came to him after Wellstone’s death, Mondale was working at the Dorsey & Whitney law firm in Minneapolis, working on a corporate and non-profit board. He returned to work after a short campaign.

Mondale and his wife, Joan Adams Mondale, married in 1955. During her time as Vice President, she sought further government support for art and earned the nickname “Joan of Art.” She majored in art at university and worked at museums in Boston and Minneapolis.

The couple had two sons, Ted and William, and Eleanor’s daughter. Ted Mondale served in the Minnesota Senate for six years and failed to appoint a Democratic governor in 1998. William Mondale was Deputy Prosecutor General for some time. Eleanor Mondale, a broadcast journalist and television host, died of a brain tumor in 2011.

Joan Mondale died in 2014 at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness.


Former Associated Press writer Brian Bakst contributed to this report.