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Walter Mondale, former vice-president, dies at 93

Former Vice President Walter Mondale, President Jimmy Carter’s trusted advisor and presidential candidate, died on Monday. He was 93 years old.

“Today, I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, whom I consider to be the best vice-president in the history of our country,” former President Jimmy Carter said in a statement Monday evening.

Mondale, Carter’s vice president, was credited with making the office more relevant. He was Carter’s vice president from 1977 to 1981. He was also a United States Senator from Minnesota.

“During our administration, Fritz used his political skills and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic and political force that had never been seen before and that still exists today,” Carter said, who called him an “invaluable partner”.

Vice President Walter Mondale and President Jimmy Carter in the Rose Garden of the White House in 1978.White House via CNP / Getty Images file

He ran as a Democratic candidate against Ronald Reagan in 1984. He lost that race in one of the most unbalanced electoral victories in modern American politics, winning only his home state of Minnesota. He was then Ambassador to Japan in the 1990s.

His 58-year-old wife, Joan, died in 2015 at the age of 83 after a long illness. Mondale also underwent successful heart surgery in 2015.

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