Mondale, Walter


Mondale, Walter

▪ vice president of United States
in full  Walter Frederick Mondale 
born Jan. 5, 1928, Ceylon, Minn., U.S.
 
 42nd vice president of the United States (1977–81) in the administration of President Jimmy Carter (Carter, Jimmy) and Democratic (Democratic Party) candidate for president in 1984.

      Mondale was the son of Theodore Sigvaard Mondale, a Methodist minister, and Claribel Cowan. He was an early activist in Minnesota's Democratic–Farmer-Labor Party and worked on the U.S. Senate campaign of Hubert H. Humphrey (Humphrey, Hubert H) in 1948. Graduating from the University of Minnesota law school in 1956, Mondale served as state attorney general from 1960 until his appointment in 1964 to fill Humphrey's unexpired Senate term when Humphrey won election as vice president under Lyndon B. Johnson (Johnson, Lyndon B.). At the Democratic (Democratic Party) National Convention in 1964, when two delegations from Mississippi—one composed of civil rights activists from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), representing African Americans who were barred from participation in Mississippi's primaries—sought recognition as the official delegation from that state, Mondale served as the chair of an ad hoc committee charged with responsibility for settling the crisis. He proposed a compromise, which was accepted by the convention but rejected by the MFDP, providing official seating to the white delegation, two at-large delegates for the civil rights group, and a promise that the rules governing Mississippi's primary process would be changed.

  Mondale, a “flexible liberal,” won election to the Senate in 1966 and reelection in 1972. He served on the Senate Finance and Budget committees and the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. Elected vice president as Carter's running mate in 1976, he was a key participant in the negotiations between Egyptian president Anwar el-Sādāt (Sādāt, Anwar el-) and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin (Begin, Menachem) that resulted in the Camp David Accords. The Carter-Mondale ticket was defeated for reelection in 1980 by Ronald Reagan (Reagan, Ronald W.) and George Bush (Bush, George). Mondale captured the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and chose Geraldine A. Ferraro (Ferraro, Geraldine A.) as his running mate, the first woman vice presidential candidate for a major party. They lost the election overwhelmingly to Reagan (Reagan, Ronald W.)-Bush. Afterward Mondale practiced law until he was appointed ambassador to Japan (1993–96) by President Bill Clinton (Clinton, Bill). In 2002 Paul Wellstone, the Democratic senator from Minnesota, was killed in a plane crash while campaigning to retain his seat, and the Democratic Party nominated Mondale to take Wellstone's place on the ballot. Mondale accepted the nomination but was narrowly defeated by Republican Norm Coleman.
 

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