The 42nd Vice President of the United States has died at the age of 93.
According to media reports, Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale, one of the leading liberal Democratic figures of the late 20th century, the vice president of the United States under Jimmy Carter, died on Monday at the age of 93. This was reported by the publication Axios with reference to a representative of the family.
Mondale was the first presidential candidate from a major political party in the United States to choose a woman for vice president – Geraldine Ferraro – during the 1984 election campaign.
Mondale believed in state activism, worked to protect civil rights, desegregate schools, protect consumer rights, and protect the interests of farmers and workers as a senator and as Vice President of the United States during the Carter presidency from 1977 to 1981. From 1993 to 1996, he was the US Ambassador to Japan.
During the presidential election of 1984, he suffered one of the most crushing defeats in the history of American elections, losing in 49 of the 50 states.
Eighteen years later, Democrats approached the 74-year-old Mondale to run for the Senate after Senator Paul Wellston died in a plane crash 11 days before the 2002 election. Mondale narrowly lost to Republican Norm Coleman.
During the presidential election in 1984, Mondale promised Americans to raise their taxes, which clearly did not help his candidacy.
“I mean business. By the end of my first term, I will have reduced the Reagan budget deficit by two–thirds,” Mondale said during a speech in San Francisco. “Let’s tell the truth. It must be done. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. And I just did.”
Mondale was a protégé of Minnesota Democrat Hubert Humphrey, a senator, and the 38th Vice president, who lost the 1968 presidential election to Republican Richard Nixon.
Walter Mondale was a senator from 1964 until he was elected vice president due to Carter’s 1976 victory over incumbent Republican Gerald Ford, who became president after Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate corruption scandal.
Mondale was a more active vice president than many of his predecessors. He played a key role in strengthening the not-always-good relationship between the Carter White House and the Democratic-controlled Congress.