Walter Mondale

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Walter Mondale
42nd Vice-President of the United States
Term of office
January 20, 1977 - January 20, 1981
Political party Democratic
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Nelson Rockefeller
Succeeded by George H. W. Bush
Born January 5, 1928
Ceylon, Minnesota
Spouse Joan Adams
Walter Mondale (1928 - present) was the Senator from Minnesota from 1966 to 1976, and served as Vice-President under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.[1] He was the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1984. He was defeated by Ronald Reagan, and only managed to carry his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia. He is the only person in history to have lost a statewide election as the nominee of a major party in all fifty states.

1984 Defeat

Mondale's defeat was by the largest margin since the 1930's, worse even than George McGovern's in 1972. While Mondale's defeat is striking, the campaign is also notable because it was the first time a woman was included on a major party's ticket. Geraldine Ferraro was selected as his Vice Presidential candidate.

2002 Campaign

In 2002 Mondale ran for the Senate again, replacing Senator Paul Wellstone on the ballot when Wellstone died in a plane crash 11 days before the election. Mondale lost to Republican Norm Coleman.


  1. Fandex, Workman Publishing, 2002.

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