Former US Vice President Walter “Fritz” Mondale passed away on Monday. A spokesman for his family confirmed this to several American media. He was 93 years old.
Mondale was Democratic President Jimmy Carter’s right-hand man from 1977 to 1981 and was known for being progressive. In the 1984 presidential election, he shot at the highest office and chose Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. She was the first female candidate for vice president. Ultimately, however, Mondale lost out against Republican Ronald Reagan.
Monday, Mondale passed away at home in Minneapolis (Minnesota). According to The New York Times, a cause of death has not been disclosed, but Mondale was prepared for his death. During the weekend, he spoke for the last time with, among others, Carter, current President Joe Biden and his Vice President Kamala Harris. He also sent a farewell email to his former employees.
In a joint response, Biden and his wife Jill say they are heartbroken by Mondale’s passing. He was “a friend and mentor” to them, it sounds. “When President Obama asked me to consider serving as his vice president, Fritz was my first call and trusted guide. He not only took my call but also wrote me a memo. It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice president as a full-fledged partnership. “
Carter briefly called Mondale “my good friend” and “the greatest vice president in our country’s history.” “During our time in office, Fritz used his political skills and personal integrity to transform the vice president into a dynamic, policy-making force that was never seen before and still exists today.”
Under Carter, the vice president was first given an office in the West Wing of the White House rather than the Senate. All of his successors continued that tradition.