Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

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Former US Vice-President under Jimmy Carter, Walter “Fritz” Mondale, attends a luncheon in honor of Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe held by US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Vice-President Joe Biden April 28, 2015 at the US Department of State in Washington, DC. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, has died. He was 93.

Mondale’s family says he died Monday in Minneapolis.

Mondale served Minnesota as attorney general and U.S. senator. He followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, to the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

Mondale’s own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan’s popularity. On Election Day, he carried only his home state and the District of Columbia.

Mondale made a different kind of history that year by choosing the first female running mate on a major party ticket, Geraldine Ferraro.

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