Former Vice President of the United States, Walter Mondale has passed away.
His family in a statement on Monday said the former Vice President during Jimmy Carter’s administration died at the age of 93.
U.S. President, Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have condoled over his demise. “It’s with great sadness that Jill and I learned of the passing of Vice President Walter Mondale, but great gratitude that we were able to call one of our nation’s most dedicated patriots and public servants a dear friend and mentor.”
“Walter Mondale was the first presidential nominee of either party to select a woman as his running mate; and I know how pleased he was to be able to see Kamala Harris become Vice President,” Biden’s statement added.
In his tribute, former American president, Jimmy Carter whom Mondale served said, “Today, I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history. He was an invaluable partner and an able servant of the people of Minnesota, the United States, and the world.”
Before giving up, he was said to have made the statement to his staff “Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I go, I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me.”
His wife, Joan, died in 2014, and daughter Eleanor, died in 2011 at age 51.
Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale was born on January 5, 1928, in Ceylon, Minnesota. He was an American politician, diplomat, and lawyer.
In 1976, Jimmy Carter, the Democratic presidential nominee chose Mondale as his vice-presidential running mate. The Carter–Mondale ticket defeated incumbent president Gerald Ford and his vice presidential running mate, Bob Dole.
Carter and Mondale’s time in office was marred by a worsening economy and they lost the 1980 election to Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
In 1984, Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination and campaigned for a nuclear freeze, the Equal Rights Amendment, an increase in taxes, and a reduction of U.S. public debt. Mondale and Ferraro lost the election to the incumbents Reagan and Bush.