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Walter Mondale Turned VP From 'Figurehead' to Something More
Walter Mondale
Transformed the 
Vice Presidency

Walter Mondale Transformed the Vice Presidency

Reactions to former VP's death

(Newser) - Prior to Walter Mondale serving as Jimmy Carter's vice president, the person holding the position was "largely a figurehead," writes Karen Tumulty in the Washington Post . Mondale, who died Monday at 93 , was the first VP to have a West Wing office and a weekly lunch with...

Former Vice President Walter Mondale Is Dead

Mondale, 93, also nominated the first female running mate on major ticket, Geraldine Ferraro

(Newser) - Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, has died at age 93. Mondale’s family says he died Monday in Minneapolis, per the AP . The death of the former senator,...

Some Big Names Watch Newest Senators Take Oath

Former VPs Biden, Mondale joined Jones, Smith

(Newser) - Two former vice presidents stood beside the Senate's newest senators on the Senate floor as the two Democrats took their oaths of office, the AP reports. Former Vice President Joseph Biden was next to Alabama Democrat Doug Jones as he was sworn in Wednesday. Former Vice President Walter Mondale—...

Former 2nd Lady Joan Mondale Dead at 83

Walter Mondale's wife avidly promoted the arts

(Newser) - Joan Mondale, who burnished a reputation as "Joan of Art" for her passionate advocacy for the arts while her husband was vice president and a US ambassador, died today. She was 83. Walter Mondale, sons Ted and William, and other family members were by her side when she died,...

Here's How It Feels to Lose the Presidential Election

The 'Daily Beast' talks to three men who know firsthand

(Newser) - You campaign for months—years, even—only to lose it all on Election Day. That can't feel great, right? The Daily Beast found out exactly how bad it feels by talking to Walter Mondale (who lost to Ronald Reagan in 1984), Michael Dukakis (who lost to George HW Bush...

Only Santorum 'Drubbing' Can Save GOP

Like Dems in 1980s, GOP has forgotten center: Joe Nocera

(Newser) - The Republicans need to nominate Rick Santorum, and not just because he would ensure President Obama's re-election. No, an even more important reason is that Santorum represents the most extreme wing of today's GOP, and only his nomination and "drubbing" will force the party to return to...

Eleanor Mondale, Walter Mondale's Daughter, Dies of Brain Cancer at Age 51
 Mondale Daughter 
 Eleanor Dies at 51 

Mondale Daughter Eleanor Dies at 51

'Wild child' was known on the party circuit in younger years

(Newser) - Eleanor Mondale, the vivacious daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale who carved out her own reputation as an entertainment reporter, radio show host, and gossip magnet, died yesterday at her home in Minnesota. She was 51. Mondale had been diagnosed with brain cancer years earlier. In a statement emailed...

Ted Kennedy's Oldest Child, Kara, Dead at 51

Former Sen. Charles Percy also dead

(Newser) - Two notable obituaries from the wires today:
  • Kara Kennedy, 51, the oldest child of the late Ted Kennedy, died at a Washington health club, reports AP . She had battled lung cancer since 2002. "She's with dad," said brother Patrick. "Her heart gave out." She has

Mondale, Carlson Swoop In to Solve Minn. Shutdown

Form independent council that will include budget commissioner

(Newser) - Walter Mondale and Arne Carlson leapt into Minnesota’s budget fray today, announcing an independent commission bent on ending the state’s government shutdown . The former Democratic vice president and former Republican governor will head up the commission, which will include the current budget commissioner to Gov. Mark Dayton, USA ...

Walter Monday: US Must Raise Taxes to Fix Its Deficit Problems, He Writes in Washington Post Essay
 Walter Mondale: 
 We Must Raise Taxes 

Walter Mondale: We Must Raise Taxes

It's a politically risky but necessary for the country, says former VP

(Newser) - Walter Mondale returns to a familiar theme in a Washington Post op-ed: "We will not be able to control our budget deficits without raising taxes," he declares in the first sentence. As Mondale himself acknowedges, he's become the poster boy for why candidates should never bring up...

Mondale: Obama Enemies Show Racist 'Edge'

'I don't like saying it,' but tone 'harsher than in other times': ex-VP

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter isn't the only grand old man of the Democratic Party to see racism in the opposition to Barack Obama's agenda. Walter Mondale, Carter's VP and the subject of a new documentary, said last night that "Having lived through those years, when civil rights was such a bitter...

'Palin Factor' Levels Race
 'Palin Factor' Levels Race

'Palin Factor' Levels Race

McCain tied with Obama in latest poll

(Newser) - John McCain has erased Barack Obama's lead, transforming the presidential race to a statistical dead heat, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Obama's lead among women dropped from 10 to 4 points since August, which is largely attributed to Sarah Palin's popularity, reports MSNBC.

McCain, Palin Embrace Hugging Etiquette

What's the etiquette for a mixed-gender ticket?

(Newser) - In 1984, Walter Mondale had a strict "hands-off" policy with running mate Geraldine Ferraro, never even putting his palm on her back when they waved to crowds. Two decades later, times have changed: John McCain and Sarah Palin have been embracing on the campaign trail, forgoing handshakes for a...

Don't Be Henpecked, Obama
Don't Be Henpecked, Obama

Don't Be Henpecked, Obama

She doesn't want the No. 2 job, writes Dowd. She wants you to lose.

(Newser) - "What does Hillary want?" Hillary Clinton asked rhetorically last night at her rally in New York. Still a good question, writes Maureen Dowd, since apparently she's not going away anytime soon. Having given her surrogates the green light to push for an Obama-Clinton ticket, the New York Times columnist...

McGovern? Hart? Dems May Yet Repeat Sorry History

Obama and Clinton reliving party's history of not being able to get out of its own way

(Newser) - The postwar legacy of Democratic candidates is one of failure, Andrew O’Hehir writes in Salon, with so many lost campaigns that any seasoned observer could lay out sorry futures for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Whether Obama and Clinton are McGovern and Muskie or Hart and Mondale, the party's...

Clinton Rolls Out 'Nuclear Option' TV Spot

'Red phone'-style ad asks: Who will keep your children safe?

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton today debuted an ad hinting at dire consequences of electing a commander in chief who isn’t “tested," ABC News reports. "It's 3am and your children are asleep," a voice says over images of sleeping infants. "There's a phone in the White House,...

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