Mondale is remembered as an effective policymaker and civil servant


Reaction to the death of former Vice President Walter Mondale, who died in Minneapolis on Monday at the age of 93:

“Today I mourn the death of my dear friend Walter Mondale. He considers me the best vice president in our history. During our administration, Fritz is in his politics. Using his skills and personal integrity, he turned the Vice President into a dynamic policy impetus that has never been seen before, and that still exists today. He is in Minnesota, the United States, and the world. He was an irreplaceable partner and a talented servant of the people. Fritz Mondale provided us with a model of public service and private behavior. Rosalin and I were his exemplary. Joining all Americans to thank them for their lives, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family — former Vice President Jimmy Carter.

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“When I arrived in the US Senate in 1973, Walter Mondale was one of the first to greet me. Through his work as a senator, he showed me what was possible. He may have been humble and modest, but he was unwavering in his pursuit of progress …. Senators who ordered such universal respect are almost now, before and after. It wasn’t … It was Walter Mondale who defined the Vice President as a complete partnership and helped provide a model of my service. “—Chairman Joe Byden.

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“When he won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, Vice President Mondale made a bold and historic choice. He chose Congressman Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, which is in American history. , The first woman to be nominated as Vice President on a ticket for a major party. With that nomination, Vice President Mondale opened a “new door to the future” to borrow his words. … every time I open the desk drawer and see his signature along with the signatures of the other 11 Vice Presidents, I remember and thank Vice President Mondale for his service life. — Vice President Kamala Harris.

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“Walter Mondale defended the progressive cause and changed the role of Vice President, so leaders like @ Joe Biden could be the last leader in the room when a decision is made. In choosing Geraldine Ferraro, he also paved the way for (Vice President Kamala Harris) to make history. “— Former President Barak Obama.

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“Walter Mondale has taught us that leadership isn’t just about providing soaring speeches and punchy sound bites, it’s about actually getting things done for people. He’s always been. He considered his responsibility as an elected leader to be greater than any immediate challenge. His broader mission is to make a new generation of leaders for the next big decision that needs to be made. It was to help prepare. “— Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Min.

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“I love Walter Mondale and I’m not the only one. Mondale was a giant not only because of the position he held, but also because of the work he did. He’s been strong and compassionate for over 60 years. And provided a clear, fearless voice to the world. He never stopped. “— Senator Tina Smith, D-Minn.

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“Walter Mondale worked to believe in and create a country with a heart, soul and conscience. He said that America’s greatness built our country, did its job, and freed it. He believed that he was found in everyday men and women who defended him, and he fought tirelessly for those values ​​until the end of his life, and to each of us through his example to continue the fight. I begged. “— Tim Waltz, Governor of Minnesota.

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“Walter Mondale has provided inspiration and mentoring to Minnesota and generations of people throughout the country, and has continued to serve the general public in a variety of ways. His in Minnesota’s trauma this week. Death calls us to better angels and reminds us that because of all our human mistakes, we never stop trying to do better by people — Minnesota. Deputy Governor Peggy Flanagan.

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“Most of the people who talk about Walter Mondale’s life focus on his legacy of telling the truth, complying with the law, and maintaining peace. And well, they should. In his legacy Also includes inspiring the next generation of Minnesota leaders: Mark Dayton, Amy Crobshire, Tina Smith, Steve Simon, Jake Sullivan, and many others with Mondale. I felt like I was called in by a civil servant for working together. They and countless college students and associates would tell you that he was very generous with his time, wisdom, and candid advice. ” David Lillehaug, Personal Secretary, 1983-84.

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“Teaching and co-sponsoring a public program with Mr. Mondale was the pinnacle of my career. His deep democratic loyalty was not noticeable to me. Rather, he better understood public policy and the United States It is his unwavering curiosity to see the prosperity of all people achieved. “— Larry Jacobs, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Political and Governance Studies.