Walter Mondale
forty-second Vice President of the United States (1977–1981)
Walter Mondale
Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale is an American Democratic Party politician who served as the 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977–1981) under President Jimmy Carter, and as a United States Senator from Minnesota (1964–1976). He was the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in the United States presidential election of 1984. Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1951. He then served in the U.S.
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Bob Beckel Rejoins Fox News As 'The Five' Co-Host
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Liberal commentator Bob Beckel will return to Fox News on Monday after leaving the network in 2015. Beckel will co-host “The Five” with current hosts Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino. He first joined the network in 2000 and was one of the original hosts of “The Five” beginning in 2011. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to go home again and join my television family around the table of ‘The Five,’” Beckel said in a statement. “I have no doubt it will be a vigorous yet entertaining debate.” Today is a big day for me. I am returning to The Five. Please watch and tell friends it's so good to. Be back! — Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) January 16, 2017 Current co-host Juan Williams will remain a contributor at the network and will make appearances on “The Five.” Beckel parted ways with Fox News in 2015 under difficult circumstances. He took a leave of absence after undergoing back surgery and entering rehab for an addiction ...
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Teaching Election 2016 the Morning After and for the Next Four Years
Huffington Post - 3 months
I apologize for the length of this post; it is really two posts combined into one. Part 1 is Alan's Analysis of Election 2016. I open with my views as a historian, teacher, parent, grandparent, and citizen about what happened last week and my concerns about the future of the United States and the world. In Part 2 teachers partnered with the Hofstra University teacher education program discuss how they are addressing the election results in their classrooms. Part 1. Alan's Analysis of Election 2016 1. I was surprised but not shocked by the Presidential election results last week. Donald Trump, the Republican Party candidate, was elected President of the United States with a majority of the electoral vote, although almost two million more people actually voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. The "split" suggests that Trump's election was a "correction" rather than a "mandate," although Trump and his supporters may not see it that way. Trump presented himself as the candidate of chang ...
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New Pre-Election Poll Suggests Bernie Sanders Could Have Trounced Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 4 months
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would have beaten Donald Trump by a historic margin if he had been the Democratic nominee, according to a private pre-election poll provided to The Huffington Post. The national survey of more than 1,600 registered voters, conducted by Gravis Marketing two days before the general election, found that Sanders would have received 56 percent of the vote while Trump would have won 44 percent. The poll was commissioned and financed by outgoing Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, a Democrat who endorsed Sanders in the presidential primary. The last election result that decisive was Ronald Reagan’s victory over Democrat Walter Mondale in 1984. Crucially, independent voters, who made up nearly one-third of the general election voters this year, favored Sanders over Trump, 55 percent to 45 percent, the poll found. Hillary Clinton, by contrast, lost independents 48 percent to 42 percent, according to exit polls. Although the Gravis poll did not show state- ...
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David Dayen: The Untold Stories Of The Mortgage Crisis
Huffington Post - 4 months
In this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," Robert Scheer speaks with David Dayen, author of the book Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud. Dayen and Scheer discuss the federal government's failure to respond to millions of people who suffered from the mortgage fallout from the 2008 bank crisis. Dayen tells Scheer that anger over foreclosures has fueled this year's bitter and unusual presidential race. The two also discuss why, despite the best efforts of the book's subjects, little has been done to mitigate homeowners' losses. Adapted from Truthdig.com Read the full transcript below: Robert Scheer: Hi, this is Robert Scheer, with another edition of "Scheer Intelligence," where the intelligence comes from my guest, in this case, David Dayen, who wrote a book called Chain of Title, and its subtitle tells it all: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud. True confessions, ...
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America's vice presidential debate history
CBS News - 5 months
The vice presidential debate tonight will be the tenth since 1976, when Bob Dole and Walter Mondale faced off. Chip Reid shares some historical American debate moments.
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VP Debate: Coming Out of the Shadows
Huffington Post - 5 months
Tonight at Longwood University, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia will square off against each other in the only national debate between the two vice presidential candidates. While the entire country is still reacting to last week's debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Longwood University community awaits an event unique in our own history. For our university, the town of Farmville, and the half dozen surrounding counties, there has never been anything like what we have been experiencing in terms of national attention. The presence of so many media personnel with their equipment trucks, the many arriving debate attendees, and all the federal, state, and local law-enforcement personnel have created an environment that most of us have never seen up close before. Vice Presidential Debates are usually overshadowed by the Presidential Debates. After all, most of the news is usually about the candidates at the top of the ticket. This is ev ...
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What Could Happen in Tonight's Presidential Debate? Lessons from the Past
Huffington Post - 5 months
For Hofstra University, hosting the first presidential debate this evening is, without a doubt, an unparalleled educational experience, a public service, and an intellectual treasure. Most college students have one small window to see a presidential debate on their campus; if their school is not selected (and only four traditionally are), then they usually graduate before the next election cycle. This debate will be Hofstra's third (it previously hosted debates in 2008 and 2012, and is the only school to host three consecutive presidential debates), and each time, students have immersed themselves in every possible learning opportunity, from participating in debate-related programs to volunteering for the debate to being among the lucky few to win a debate ticket (all tickets that Hofstra receives go to current students via lottery). For the University and surrounding community, a presidential debate here means witnessing democracy in action and having the opportunity to understan ...
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Donald Trump Could Get Booted Off The Ballot In Minnesota
Huffington Post - 6 months
Donald Trump could be missing from the ballot in Minnesota on Election Day if Democrats get their way.  The Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court to have the Republican presidential candidate’s name, along with the name of GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, removed from the ballot over a procedural flaw. The dispute stemmed from provisions requiring that each party nominate 10 electors and 10 alternates at their state conventions who would represent Minnesota in the Electoral College vote held after the presidential election. The GOP failed to select the alternate electors and almost didn’t make the ballot at all.  The state party ultimately held a meeting to select the alternates, as the Washington Post reported last month.  The Republican Party said Minnesota’s secretary of state accepted the alternates as meeting the legal requirements. Now, the DFL claims that since the GOP alternates weren’t selected at a state conven ...
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Workers, veterans remembered at Memorial Day events
NPR - 9 months
Former vice president Walter Mondale and Minnesota officials gathered Monday to dedicate part of a workers' memorial on the state Capitol grounds.
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I dread what will happen when America finally elects a woman president
Chicago Times - about 1 year
I was born in 1984, the year Walter Mondale selected Geraldine Ferraro to join him on the Democratic ticket, making her the first woman to contend for the presidency or vice presidency with the backing of a major party.  I watched Hillary Clinton give her concession speech in 2008. I was covering...
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The Idiocy of the Iowa Caucuses
Huffington Post - about 1 year
What were we thinking? If we're lucky, the day will come when we look back at the Iowa caucuses and the quadrennial carnival they inaugurate with the same embarrassed horror we now feel for duck-and-cover as a safety drill for nuclear war. What a dangerous distraction the Iowa spectacle has been from the dysfunction and unfairness of democracy as we now know it. No, worse, what a cynical celebration of it. Pitifully few Americans vote, and shockingly few of them are young or poor or people of color, yet we give wildly disproportionate influence to the white rural voters of one small state whose priorities, like subsidies for corn-based ethanol, are nationally marginal, and whose disposable time for caucus-going is unimaginable to parents working multiple shifts at multiple jobs. At the same time, what a bonanza it's been for the state's TV and radio stations, which have raked in tens of millions of dollars in attack ads, and what a bordello it's been for the billionaires and sp ...
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We Need a Loyal Opposition
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This morning, a friend of mine suggested on Facebook that people take a look at the website for the Republican Party of Texas. He noted that, as of today, if you scroll down to the heading What Republicans Believe and click the link for an overview of GOP "conservative principles", this is what you actually get: "Nothing Found. It seems we can't find what you're looking for." Indeed. Given what has been coming out of the mouths of the GOP candidates in the past few years and particularly during the current primary campaign, this seems like a very appropriate description of the conservative principles of the GOP. As a Democrat, I find this both amusing and sad. Why? Because we need a vibrant, intelligent, thoughtful conservative voice in government in order to insure useful and productive debate and discussion that leads to good policy. Unfortunately, the GOP has descended into a principle-less abyss in which politics is motivated by nothing but obstinacy. "Where's the Beef?" as W ...
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Walter Mondale: U.S. must fill embassy vacancies
NPR - about 1 year
The former vice president talked with Tom Crann about what he calls a security issue for the country.
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Walter Mondale Fast Facts
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We Cannot Turn Our Back on the Refugees From ISIS Barbarity
Huffington Post - over 1 year
2015 is not 1938. The faces of the refugees are different. The languages they speak are different. The places and killers from which and from whom they are fleeing are different as well. But the refugees' anguish and despair, their fear and sense of abandonment, are very much the same. So is the xenophobia of much of the world that wants no part of them. Then, the refugees were Jews persecuted in Nazi Germany. Today they are Christians, Yezidis and Muslims targeted for mass killing by ISIS in the Middle East. Then, the refugees were Jews whose synagogues and homes had been burned and ransacked during the Kristallnacht pogroms of November 9, 1938. Today, they are Christians and Muslims whose churches and mosques have been bombed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The failure of most of the world, including the United States, to give a haven to Jews fleeing first from Nazi Germany and then from German-occupied Europe gave Hitler the assurance that no one would stop him from taking ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Walter Mondale
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 87
    Mondale was hospitalized with influenza at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, in March 2015.
    More Details Hide Details In the "Walter F. Mondale Papers" at the Minnesota Historical Society, digital content is available for research use. Contents include speech files, handwritten notes, memoranda, annotated briefings, schedules, correspondence, and visual materials. The collection includes senatorial, vice presidential, ambassadorial, political papers and campaign files, and personal papers documenting most aspects of Mondale's 60‑years-long career, including all of his public offices, campaigns, and Democratic Party and other non-official activities. The University of Minnesota Law Library's Walter F. Mondale website is devoted to Mondale's senatorial career. Mondale's work is documented in full text access to selected proceedings and debates on the floor of the Senate as recorded in the Congressional Record.
  • 2014
    Age 86
    On April 23, 2014, Mondale surpassed Richard Nixon as the Vice-President with the longest retirement from that office at 12,146 days (33 years, 3 months and 3 days).
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  • 2012
    Age 84
    On September 8, 2012, Carter surpassed Herbert Hoover as the President with the longest retirement from the office.
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  • 2008
    Age 80
    He endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for the Presidency of the United States and supported her campaign for the White House in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details On June 3, 2008, following the final primary contests, Mondale switched his endorsement to Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who had clinched the nomination the previous evening.
  • 2007
    Age 79
    On December 5, 2007, Norwegian minister of foreign affairs Jonas Gahr Støre announced that Walter Mondale would be named Honorary Consul-General of Norway, representing the Norwegian state in Minnesota.
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  • 2005
    Age 77
    During Norway's Centennial Celebration in 2005, he chaired the committee to promote and develop cultural activities between Norway and Norwegian-American organizations.
    More Details Hide Details While he was in office, Twin Cities Public Television produced a documentary about him entitled Walter Mondale: There's a Fjord in Your Past, a play on the well-known advertising slogan, "There's a Ford in Your Future".
  • 2004
    Age 76
    Following the U.S. presidential election of 2004 and the mid‑term elections of 2006, Mondale is seen talking with Al Franken about the possibility of the latter running for Norm Coleman's U.S. Senate seat in 2008 in the documentary Al Franken: God Spoke.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Mondale encourages Franken to run, but cautions him, saying that Coleman's allies and the Republican Party were going to look for anything they could use against him. Franken ultimately ran and won the 2008 Senate election by 312 votes after the election results had been contested in court by Coleman until June 30, 2009. Mondale and Senator Amy Klobuchar stood with Franken in the Senate chamber when Franken was sworn in on July 7, 2009. His wife, Joan Mondale, was a national advocate for the arts and was the Honorary Chairman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities during the Carter Administration. On February 3, 2014, she died at a hospice in Minneapolis surrounded by members of their family. The Mondales' eldest son Ted is an entrepreneur and the CEO of Nazca Solutions, a technology fulfillment venture. He is also a former Minnesota state senator. In 1998, Ted Mondale unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Minnesota governor, running as a fiscal moderate who had distanced himself from labor.
    In 2004 Mondale became co-chairman of the Constitution Project's bipartisan Right to Counsel Committee.
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  • 2002
    Age 74
    Mondale spoke before the Senate on September 4, 2002, when he delivered a lecture on his service, with commentary on the transformation of the office of the Vice President during the Carter administration, the Senate cloture rule for ending debate, and his view on the future of the Senate in U.S. political history.
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    In 2002, Mondale ran for his old Senate seat, agreeing to be the last-minute replacement for Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone, who had been killed in a plane crash during the final two weeks of his re-election campaign.
    More Details Hide Details However, Mondale narrowly lost that race. He then returned to working at Dorsey & Whitney and remained active in the Democratic Party. Mondale later took up a part-time teaching position at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Walter Frederick Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, the son of Claribel Hope (née Cowan), a part-time music teacher, and Theodore Sigvaard Mondale, a Methodist minister. Walter's half-brother Lester Mondale became a Unitarian minister. His paternal grandparents were Norwegian immigrants, and his mother, the daughter of an immigrant from Ontario, was of Scottish and English descent. The surname "Mondale" comes from Mundal, a valley and town in the Fjærland region of Norway.
  • 1993
    Age 65
    During the presidency of Bill Clinton, he was U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996, chaired a bipartisan group to study campaign finance reform, and was Clinton's special envoy to Indonesia in 1998.
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    President Bill Clinton appointed Mondale United States Ambassador to Japan in 1993; he retired in 1996.
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  • 1990
    Age 62
    In 1990 Mondale established the Mondale Policy Forum at the Humphrey Institute.
    More Details Hide Details The forum has brought together leading scholars and policymakers for annual conferences on domestic and international issues. He also served on nonprofit boards of directors for the Guthrie Theater Foundation, the Mayo Foundation, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Diogenes Institute of Higher Learning, the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, the RAND Corporation, and the University of Minnesota Foundation. His corporate board memberships included BlackRock Advantage Term Trust and other BlackRock Mutual Funds, Cargill Incorporated, CNA Financial Corporation, the Encyclopædia Britannica, First Financial Fund, and other Prudential Mutual Funds, Northwest Airlines, and United HealthCare Corporation.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 58
    From 1986 to 1993, Mondale was chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
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  • 1984
    Age 56
    Mondale ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1984 election, and from the early going, he was the frontrunner.
    More Details Hide Details His opposition included Rev. Jesse Jackson and Senator Gary Hart of Colorado. Hart pulled an upset by winning the New Hampshire primary in March, but Mondale had a large portion of the party leadership behind him. To great effect, Mondale used the Wendy's slogan "Where's the beef? " to describe Hart's policies as lacking depth. Jackson, widely regarded as the first serious African-American candidate for president, held on longer, but Mondale clinched the nomination with the majority of delegates on the first ballot. At the Democratic Convention, Mondale chose U.S. Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate, making her the first woman nominated for that position by a major party. Aides later said that Mondale was determined to establish a precedent with his vice presidential candidate, considering San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein (female and Jewish); Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, an African American; and San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, a Mexican American, as other finalists for the nomination. Others preferred Senator Lloyd Bentsen because he would appeal to the Deep South, or even nomination rival Gary Hart. Ferraro, as a Catholic, came under fire from some Catholic Church leaders for being pro-choice. Much more controversy erupted over her changing positions regarding the release of her husband's tax returns, and her own ethics record in the House. Ferraro was on the defensive throughout much of the campaign, largely negating her breakthrough as the first woman on a major national ticket, and the first Italian American to reach that level in American politics.
    In 1984, Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination and campaigned for a nuclear freeze, the Equal Rights Amendment, an increase in taxes, and a reduction of U.S. public debt.
    More Details Hide Details After his defeat by Reagan, Mondale joined the Minnesota-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (1986–93).
    He was the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in the United States presidential election of 1984, but lost to Ronald Reagan in a landslide.
    More Details Hide Details Reagan won 49 states while Mondale was only able to win his home state of Minnesota and Washington D.C.
  • 1980
    Age 52
    After losing the 1980 election, Mondale returned briefly to the practice of law at Winston and Strawn, a large Chicago-based law firm, but he had no intention of staying out of politics for long.
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    Carter and Mondale were renominated at the 1980 Democratic National Convention, but soundly lost to the Republican ticket of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Mondale opened the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. Carter and Walter Mondale are the longest-living post-presidential team in American history. On May 23, 2006, they had been out of office for 9,254 days (25 years, 4 months and 3 days), surpassing the former record established by President John Adams and Vice President Thomas Jefferson, both of whom died on July 4, 1826.
    Carter and Mondale's time in office was marred by a worsening economy and, although both were renominated by the Democratic Party, they lost the 1980 election to Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 49
    This Senate seat was the one that Mondale himself had held, before resigning to become Vice President in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details During his debate with the Republican nominee, former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, Mondale emphasized his own experience in foreign affairs while painting Coleman as a finger-in-the-wind opportunist. "We've seen you shift around, Norman", Mondale said, alluding to Coleman's past as an anti-war college activist and, more recently, as a Democrat who had changed his party allegiance to the GOP while serving as mayor of St. Paul. Mondale lost the election, finishing with 1,067,246 votes (47.34%) to Coleman's 1,116,697 (49.53%) out of 2,254,639 votes cast, earning him the unique distinction of having lost a statewide election in all 50 states as the nominee of a major party (he lost the other 49 in the 1984 Presidential Election). Upon conceding defeat, Mondale stated: "At the end of what will be my last campaign, I want to say to Minnesota, you always treated me well, you always listened to me."
  • 1976
    Age 48
    The ticket was narrowly elected on November 2, 1976, and Mondale was inaugurated as Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1977.
    More Details Hide Details He became the fourth vice president in four years, the other three being: Spiro Agnew (1969–73), Gerald Ford (1973–1974), and Nelson Rockefeller (1974–77). Under Carter, Mondale traveled extensively throughout the nation and the world advocating the administration's foreign policy. His travels also included a visit to the, which was on station at the time in the Indian Ocean, during the Iranian hostage crisis. Mondale was the first vice president to have an office in the White House and established the concept of an "activist Vice President." Mondale established the tradition of weekly lunches with the president, which continues to this day. More importantly, he expanded the vice president's role from that of figurehead to presidential advisor, full-time participant, and troubleshooter for the administration. Subsequent vice presidents have followed this model in the administrations in which they serve.
    When Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for president in 1976, he chose Mondale as his running mate.
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    In 1976, Carter, the Democratic presidential nominee, chose Mondale as his vice presidential running mate in the forthcoming election.
    More Details Hide Details The Carter/Mondale ticket defeated incumbent president Gerald Ford and his vice presidential running mate, Bob Dole.
  • 1975
    Age 47
    In 1975, Mondale served on the Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, chaired by Idaho Senator Frank Church, that investigated alleged abuses by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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  • 1974
    Age 46
    Mondale showed little or no interest in foreign policy until about 1974, when he realized that some knowledge was necessary if he had loftier aspirations than the Senate.
    More Details Hide Details He developed a centrist position, avoiding alignment with either the party's hawks (such as Henry M. Jackson) or its doves (such as George McGovern). He took a liberal position on civil rights issues, which proved acceptable in Minnesota, a state with "a minuscule black population". Mondale was a chief sponsor of the federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing and created HUD's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity as the primary enforcer of the law.
  • 1972
    Age 44
    In 1972, Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern offered Mondale an opportunity to be his vice presidential running mate, which he declined.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Mondale won reelection to the Senate with over 57% of the vote, even as President Nixon carried Minnesota. He served in the 88th, 89th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, 93rd, and 94th congresses. Mondale worked hard to build up the center of the party on economic and social issues. Unlike his own father, a fervent liberal, he was not a crusader for the New Deal. Instead he realized the Democratic base (especially ethnic blue-collar workers) was gradually moving to the right and he worked to keep their support.
  • 1969
    Age 41
    During the Johnson presidency, Mondale supported the Vietnam War, but after Richard Nixon became President in 1969, he began to oppose it and participated in legislation aimed at restricting Nixon's ability to prolong the war.
    More Details Hide Details Mondale is pro-choice on the issue of abortion. Mondale rotated on and off numerous committees, including the Aeronautical and Space Sciences Committee; the Finance Committee; the Labor and Public Welfare Committee; the Budget Committee; and the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. He also served as chairman of the Select Committee on Equal Education Opportunity and as chairman of the Intelligence Committee's Domestic Task Force. He additionally served as chairman of the Labor and Public Welfare Committee's subcommittee on Children and Youth, as well as chairman of the Senate subcommittee on social security financing. In 1967, Mondale served on the Aeronautical and Space Sciences Committee, then chaired by Clinton P. Anderson, when astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White, and Roger Chaffee were killed in a fire on January 27 while testing the Apollo 204 (later renumbered Apollo 1) spacecraft. NASA Administrator James E. Webb secured the approval of President Lyndon B. Johnson for NASA to internally investigate the cause of the accident according to its established procedures, subject to Congressional oversight. NASA's procedure called for the Deputy Administrator (and de facto general manager), Dr. Robert C. Seamans, to appoint and oversee an investigative panel.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 38
    Mondale was elected to the Senate for the first time in 1966, defeating Republican candidate Robert A. Forsythe, by 53.9% to 45.2%.
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    Mondale was subsequently elected to a full Senate term in 1966 and again in 1972, resigning that post in 1976 as he prepared to succeed to the vice presidency in 1977.
    More Details Hide Details While in the Senate, he supported consumer protection, fair housing, tax reform, and the desegregation of schools. Importantly, he served as a member of the Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities ("Church Committee").
  • 1964
    Age 36
    Mondale has deep connections to his ancestral Norway. Upon entering the Senate in 1964, he took over the seat of vice president Hubert Humphrey, another Norwegian-American.
    More Details Hide Details In later years, Mondale has served on the executive committee of the Peace Prize Forum, an annual conference co-sponsored by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and five Midwestern colleges of Norwegian heritage.
    On December 30, 1964, Mondale was appointed by Minnesota Governor Karl Rolvaag to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by Hubert Humphrey's resignation after being elected Vice President of the United States.
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    At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Mondale played a major role in the proposed but ultimately unsuccessful compromise by which the national Democratic Party offered the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party two at-large seats.
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  • 1962
    Age 34
    He won re-election to the post in his own right in the 1962 election.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure as Minnesota Attorney General, the case Gideon v. Wainwright (which ultimately established the right of defendants in state courts to have a lawyer) was being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. When those opposed to the right to counsel organized a Friend of the Court brief representing several state attorneys general for that position, Mondale organized a countering Friend of the Court brief from many more state attorneys general, arguing that defendants must be allowed a lawyer. Mondale also continued the investigation of former Minneapolis mayor Marvin L. Kline and the mismanagement of the Sister Kenny Foundation.
  • 1961
    Age 33
    The controversy spread to both houses of Congress and grew (through the efforts of three of Mondale's fellow committee members, Republicans Margaret Chase Smith, Edward Brooke and Charles H. Percy) to include the second-guessing of NASA's original selection in 1961 of North American as the prime Apollo spacecraft contractor, which Webb became forced to defend.
    More Details Hide Details The House of Representatives NASA oversight committee, which was conducting its own hearings and had picked up on the controversy, was ultimately given a copy of the Phillips report. While the Committee, as a whole, believed that NASA should have informed Congress of the Phillips review results in 1966, its final report issued on January 30, 1968, concluded (as had NASA's own accident investigation completed on April 5, 1967), that "the findings of the Phillips task force had no effect on the accident, did not lead to the accident, and were not related to the accident". Yet Mondale wrote a minority opinion accusing NASA of "evasiveness,... lack of candor,... patronizing attitude exhibited toward Congress,... refusal to respond fully and forthrightly to legitimate congressional inquiries, and... solicitous concern for corporate sensitivities at a time of national tragedy".
  • 1960
    Age 32
    Mondale also served as a member of the President's Consumer Advisory Council from 1960 to 1964.
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    In 1960, Governor Freeman appointed Mondale as Minnesota Attorney General following the resignation of Miles Lord.
    More Details Hide Details At the time he was appointed, Mondale was only 32 years old and had been practicing law for four years.
    Working as a lawyer in Minneapolis, Mondale was appointed to the position of attorney general in 1960 by Governor Orville Freeman and was elected to a full term as attorney general in 1962 with 60% of votes cast.
    More Details Hide Details He was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor Karl Rolvaag upon the resignation of Senator Hubert Humphrey consequent to Humphrey's election as vice president.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 28
    Through the support of the G.I. Bill he graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details While at law school, he served on the Minnesota Law Review and as a law clerk in the Minnesota Supreme Court under Justice Thomas F. Gallagher. He then practiced law in Minneapolis, and continued to do so for four years before entering the political arena. Mondale became involved in national politics in the 1940s. At the age of 20, he was visible in Minnesota politics by helping organize Hubert Humphrey's successful Senate campaign in 1948. Humphrey's campaign assigned Mondale to cover the staunchly Republican 2nd district. Mondale, who had been raised in the region, was able to win the district for Humphrey by a comfortable margin. After working with Humphrey, Mondale went on to work on several campaigns for Orville Freeman. Mondale worked on Freeman's unsuccessful 1952 campaign for governor as well as his successful campaign in 1954 and his re-election campaign in 1958.
  • 1955
    Age 27
    He married Joan Adams in 1955.
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    He married Joan Adams in 1955.
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  • 1951
    Age 23
    Mondale attended public schools. He then attended Macalester College in St. Paul, and the University of Minnesota, where he earned a B.A. in political science in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details He did not have enough money to attend law school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years at Fort Knox during the Korean War, reaching the rank of corporal.
    Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, and graduated from Macalester College in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details He then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War before earning a law degree in 1956.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Age 0
    Born on January 5, 1928.
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