© Reuters. Former Vice President Walter Mondale speaks at an event held in his honor at The George Washington University in Washington
By Will Dunham and Steve Holland
(Reuters) -Walter Mondale, a leading liberal democratic voice of the late 20th century who served as vice president of the United States under Jimmy Carter and lost to Ronald Reagan in the 1984 presidential election, dies today Monday at the age of 93, his family said.
The family said in a statement: “We share with each other that we are sad to hear that our beloved father has passed away today in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mondale, the first major US party presidential candidate to choose a woman in running, believes in a government that works and works for citizenship, integration of schools, consumer protection and Agricultural and labor interests as US senator and vice president during Carter’s (NYSE 🙂 term as a troubled one-term presidency from 1977 to 1981.
He was also the US ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996 under Bill Clinton.
Widely known as “Fritz”, Mondale was the Democratic candidate in 1984 against Reagan, a prominent incumbent Republican, who had defeated Carter four years earlier, and chose New York Democratic United Stateswoman Geraldine Ferraro served as his presidential candidate.
But Mondale suffered one of the worst setbacks ever in the US presidential election, losing in 49 out of the 50 states and bringing with it only Minnesota as well as Washington, DC.
It was the first of two occasions Mondale had to retire due to a devastating failure.
Eighteen years later, mourning Minnesota Democrats begged Mondale, then 74, to run for Senate after Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash 11 days before the election. election year 2002. Mondale has narrowly lost to Republican Norm Coleman, who has described him as the gray representative of a bygone era.
During the race against Reagan, Mondale made a promise to the Americans that he would raise their taxes, an oath that didn’t help much of his candidacy.
“I mean in business. By the end of my first term, I’m going to cut two-thirds of Reagan’s budget deficit,” Mondale said in a speech in San Francisco receiving the party’s 1984 presidential nomination Democracy. “Tell the truth. It has to be done, it has to be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and neither will I. He won’t tell you. I just did.”
Comment helped sink his campaign. Even years later, he expressed no regrets. “I’m really glad I did,” he told PBS in 2004. “That’s what I’m satisfied with and I think I told the truth.”
Earlier that year, Mondale produced a memorable political satire when, in an early debate, he tried to portray Gary Hart, a contender for his party’s presidential nomination, as all style and no essence by asking: “Where is the beef?”
The line, borrowed from a popular humorous hamburger ad at the time, hurt Hart’s campaign.
Mondale is the backing of his Minnesota counterpart, Hubert Humphrey, who is also a senator and vice president, who failed the 1968 presidential election to Republican Richard Nixon.
Mondale served in the Senate from 1964 until he was elected vice president in Carter’s 1976 victory over incumbent Republican Gerald Ford, who became president after Nixon resigned in 1974 due to the incident. Watergate corruption scandal.
Mondale has become a much more engaged vice president than anyone before him. He played a key role in strengthening the sometimes fractured relationship between the Carter White House and the Democratic-controlled Congress.
‘CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE’
He didn’t always agree with Carter, as when he objected privately to a 1979 Carter speech in which the president told Americans, besieged by a bad economy, that they were suffer “confidence crisis”. Mondale is even considering resigning because of the speech.
Carter increasingly looked like a weak president as he struggled with the hostage crisis in Iran, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the hard economic times at home.
The Carter-Mondale ticket was lost in 1980 to Reagan and his companion, George HW Bush. Mondale, still attached to voters’ minds with Carter, faced the daunting task of trying to beat a popular incumbent amid a thriving economy in 1984.
The competition between Mondale and Reagan gave Americans a clear choice between candidates and liberal and conservative doctrine.
Mondale is seen as the winner of their first debate, with the older Reagan meeting some who appeared out of place and uncertain.
Reagan recovered in the second debate. He alleviated his age concerns by answering a question of whether at 73, he was too old to look for another four years as president.
“I will not consider age as an issue of this campaign. I will not exploit, for the sake of the opponent’s political purposes, youth and inexperience,” Reagan joked, amusing the audience at debate, and even from Mondale.
“I think the public wants to vote for Reagan,” Mondale said afterwards. He said that after the second debate, “I am almost certain that the campaign is over. And it happened.”
Mondale’s loss and the similar clash of his liberal counterpart Michael Dukakis in 1988 opened the way for more neutral Democrats like Bill Clinton to assert themselves in the party.
Ferraro is a historic choice as a companion to Mondale. It was not until 2008 that another woman was chosen as her mate for the presidency, while Republican John McCain chose Sarah Palin. In 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president of the major party.
Democrat Kamala Harris became the first woman to be elected vice president of the United States, being Joe Biden’s running partner in the November elections.
Mondale left politics after 1984, returning to practice as a lawyer in Minneapolis. He returned to public service during Clinton’s presidency as ambassador to Japan.
Born in Ceylon, Minnesota, on January 5, 1928, Walter Frederick Mondale was the sixth child in a family of seven. His father was a Methodist, his mother was a music teacher.
Minnesota is dominated by agriculture and mining, and it has a tradition of liberal, populist politics, with as many Scandinavian American residents as Norway’s Mondales.
After serving in the US Army, he earned a law degree at the University of Minnesota. His political life began with the re-election campaign of Humphrey, mayor of Minneapolis at that time.
When Humphrey became vice president in 1964, Mondale succeeded him in the Senate, arriving in Washington during the “Great Society” period of Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, a time of great hope and excitement. Liberals, though their optimism was crushed by the Vietnam War.
Mondale married his wife Joan in 1955. She died in 2014. They have three children.