Former Vice-President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday. He was 93.
Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale was an American politician, diplomat and lawyer who served as the 42nd vice president of the United States from 1977 to 1981.
Kathy Tunheim, a spokeswoman for the family, announced the death. She did not specify a cause.
Mondale and his wife, Joan Adams Mondale, were married in 1955. During his vice presidency, she pushed for more government support of the arts and gained the nickname “Joan of Art.” She had minored in art in college and worked at museums in Boston and Minneapolis.
After leaving the White House following Carter’s loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980, Mondale staged his own bid for the presidency. He earned the Democratic Party’s 1984 presidential nomination.
While running for the presidency, Mondale surprised political onlookers with a pledge to raise taxes to reduce the federal budget deficit. Reagan won re-election in what is considered one of the most lopsided presidential races in US history.
In a statement released on Monday night, Mr. Carter wrote: “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.”
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