Walter Mondale was an American Democrat politician, diplomat, and lawyer who served as the 42nd vice president of the United States and represented Minnesota in the United States Senate.
Born January 5th, 1928 in Cleylon, Minnesota, Mondale’s political success made him one of the most notable Minnesotans. Mondale began his political career in 1960, when appointed as Minnesota Attorney General. In 1964, when Democrat Hubert Humphrey left the Senate to become vice president, Mondale was appointed to succeed him. Mondale served Minnesota as a U.S. Senator until 1976, when he was elected as vice president in Jimmy Carter’s presidential win. Mondale ran as the democratic nominee in an unsuccessful bid for President of the United States in 1984, losing to republican Ronald Reagan. Mondale's selection of U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket. Mondale later served as ambassador to Japan in President Clinton’s administration. Returning to Minnesota in 1996, he joined the Minnesota legal community, and enjoyed the role of elder statesman to contemporaries.
June 12, 1972 - MPR reporter Dulcie Lawrence summarizes events at the DFL state convention.
June 12, 1972 - Various speakers nominate, testify in support of Mondale. Mondale speech excerpts.
October 13, 1972 - Walter Mondale speaks about bill to preserve the St. Croix River (the federal Lower St. Croix River Act of 1972).
March 13, 1973 - U.S. Senator Walter Mondale speaks on proposed Nixon budget social budget cuts as military spending continues.
March 13, 1973 - Mondale speaks out against the Nixon administraion and Nixon himself. Money, budget cuts for housing, employment, agriculture, federal aid and jobs abolishes every effort to strengthen rural America. Mondale states that Nixon claims that he's investing in these areas, but Mondale thinks that Nixon is putting funds towards social security, which falls into a different bracket than the federal aid bracket.
May 14, 1973 - Mondale talks about the prosecution of political crimes, corrupt practices, violations and conspiracies. He says it's becoming obvious these crimes which affect democracy and freedom are rarely prosecutes and investigated as they affect political allies. In the Watergate case we need an independent prosecutor who could grant immunity. Time is of the essence, early decisions regarding the prosecution are being made now.
September 17, 1973 - MPR’s Paul Gruchow reports on U.S. Senator Walter Mondale’s speech on the congressional floor about abuses of Nixon administration.
November 27, 1973 - Radio Liberty invterview with Harrison Salisbury and Hans Morgenthal on Soviet affairs. This is followed with an interview with Walter Mondale about his career in politics and his views on Congress and the presidency. He also answers questions about his upbringing, personality and approach in dealing with others. (Mondale interview begins at 21:25 minute mark of program)
January 17, 1974 - Minnesota U.S. Senator Walter Mondale says if he makes a presidential run, he will not allow his campaign to interfere with his senatorial obligations to Minnesota.
January 17, 1974 - U.S. Senator Walter Mondale is contemplating a run for U.S. president. Fundraising has begun, says Mr. French, a Mondale supporter and spokesperson.