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.
February 22, 1974 - Mondale speaks about his proposed bill?s main purpose, which is to support demonstration programs to prevent, identify and treat child abuse. Many agencies can apply for funding. The programs could be broad or specific. Hopefully this will be beginning of a long overdue effective attack on one of the most heartbreaking problems facing children in America today.
February 22, 1974 - Hubert Humphrey says he's giving Mondale his support. He thinks Mondale should run in the primary whether Ted Kennedy runs or not, saying we need good competition. He adds there's no better way to get known or to grow and know the country other than traveling around and seeing it. Humphrey has friends who will try to help Mondale.
April 1, 1974 - Speaking to a group of social service providers Mondale urges them to become involved in politics. He talks about the current feeling in Washington and from the public that it's okay to cut and dismantle social services. He doesn't agree saying in many areas of social problems you need social services delivery systems.
April 25, 1974 - A congratulatory letter from Congressman John Zwach recognizes St. Cloud on becoming an All American City, as well as other letters from President Nixon, Minnesota Governor Wendell Anderson and Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale.
October 5, 1974 - MPR’s Worthington reporter Steve Monroe talks to U.S. Senator Walter Mondale who discusses the issues that will face the nation in the upcoming election.
April 4, 1975 - MPR’s Bill Siemering reports on U.S. Senator Walter Mondale press conference in Moorhead. Mondale shares his sobering views of Vietnam War, and the its aftermath.
May 4, 1975 - U.S. Senator Walter Mondale comments on Southeast Asia, and dealing with hostile governments.
June 13, 1975 - Mondale says the Senate investigative committee will be looking at many government agencies in addition to the CIA. He thinks there could be a web of illegal activities. He talks about the need to obtain classified information, and how classification is abused to shield documents from public scrutiny. Mondale thinks Humphrey could get Democratic nomination in 1976 if he chooses to run, and talks about 1968 and 1972 campaigns.
July 15, 1976 - MPR Special Coverage presents Jimmy Carter announcement of U.S. Senator Walter Mondale as his running mate at press conference.
November 10, 1976 - Midday presents a special production by Minnesota Public Radio news on Rudy Perpich, who takes over as Governor for Wendell Anderson, who stepped down to become Senator. The program also contains discussion of Anderson's appointment to Senator, to fill the seat vacated by Walter Mondale when he becomes Vice-President.