MINNEAPOLIS – Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at the age of 93. Mondale’s family says he died Monday in Minneapolis. No cause was cited.
In 1984, the liberal icon lost the most lopsided presidential election to President Ronald Reagan.
That happened after he bluntly told voters to expect a tax increase, if he won.
Mondale served Minnesota as Attorney General and U.S. Senator. He also followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, to the Vice Presidency. Mondale served under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
Carter’s office released a statement paying tribute to his former VP and long-time friend:
Today I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country’s history. During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before and still exists today. He was an invaluable partner and an able servant of the people of Minnesota, the United States, and the world. Fritz Mondale provided us all with a model for public service and private behavior. Rosalynn and I join all Americans in giving thanks for his exemplary life, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER