Former US Vice President Walter Mondale (93) died. The Democrat was vice president under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
In 1984, Mondale also took a shot at the presidency, but he had to take it against incumbent President Ronald Reagan. Mondale won only his home state of Minnesota and District of Columbia.
In his campaign, Mondale had clearly told the voters that they could face a tax increase if they chose him. Years later, he would come back to that. “History has given me right. It wasn‘t popular, but it was right,” he said about the tax increase.
Mondale was a prosecutor of Minnesota for his political career. In 1964, he became a senator, and later vice president. After his failed attempt to succeed Reagan, he became a lawyer again. Under President Clinton, he was also an ambassador to Japan in the 1990s.
In 2002, he suffered a painful defeat in his home state of Minnesota. That year, Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone crashed in a plane crash. At the insistence of the Democratic Party, Mondale took part in the Senate election two weeks later. He lost, having always proudly proclaimed that he had never lost an election in his own state.
Carter says in a first reaction that Mondale was the best vice president in the history of the United States. According to him, he is a great example for everyone who holds a public function.
Former President Clinton says Mondale firmly believed that the government can make a positive difference in people’s lives. According to Clinton, Mondale had a lot of knowledge, was tireless and, moreover, he was unusually decent.
Former President Obama emphasises that Mondale permanently changed the position of Vice President and gave more influence. He also praises him for choosing Geraldine Ferraro as a running mate. It was for the first time that a presidential candidate from a large party chose a woman as a candidate for the vice-presidency.