Transcript for Former Vice President Walter Mondale dead at 93
And this morning, we are remembering the-of former vice president Walter Mondale passing away overnight at 93 years old. Tributes coming in celebrating his legacy, how he redefined the role under Jimmy Carter and made his own history with his presidential ticket. Mary Bruce joins us with the latest. Reporter: Good morning. Well, Walter Mondale served just one term here as vice president but he forever changed the power of the role and later helped pave the way for a woman to take the office. With his pick for vice president in 1984, Walter Mondale made history. Choosing Geraldine Ferraro who became the first woman on the presidential ticket of a major party shattering a glass ceiling with Mondale by her side. But Mondale's career of service started long before that watershed moment. He served his country in the Korean war, was Minnesota's attorney general and spent 12 years in the U.S. Senate. All before becoming Jimmy Carter's running mate in 1976. As vice president he began the tradition of weekly lunches with the president, overnight president Biden saying it was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership and helped provide a model for my service. And in 1984 vice president Mondale made his run for president with Ferraro but the pair struggled to overcome opponent Ronald Reagan's lead. I will not make age an issue of this campaign. Reporter: Reagan eventually winning in a landslide. Mondale's dedication to service admired still. In a statement overnight former president Carter saying I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale who I consider the best vice president in our country's history. Now, overnight kamala Harris also paying tribute to Mondale and, guys, president Biden says he knows Mondale was leased to see Harris become the first woman to be vice president. Oh, Mary, thank you.
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