President Jimmy Carter issues statement on death of former VP Walter Mondale

Grant Boone
April 20, 2021

Biden, the former vice president to Barack Obama, said Mondale greatly helped him prepare for the role.

Walter Mondale, a former US vice president and ambassador to Japan who worked on a yet-to-be-realized plan to close a key USA air base in Okinawa Prefecture, died Monday at his home in Minneapolis, according to USA media. Later he served as both the United States ambassador to Japan and the envoy to Indonesia under former President Bill Clinton.

Mondale also wrote an email to be sent upon his death to 320 former staffers, including many who worked for him decades ago.

He said he was proud of what they accomplished and was comforted knowing that "Joe" is in the White House. Before I Go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me.

USA media reported that his family said he died on Monday. "Through his work as a Senator, he showed me what was possible", Biden said in a statement.

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Mondale also once served as a lawyer, Minnesota's attorney general, and as an ambassador to Japan under Clinton.

His career traced that of his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, who also became vice president after a career in Minnesota politics and the US Senate.

Mondale was the Democratic nominee in the 1984 presidential election, and known for choosing the party's first female nominee for vice president.

In a statement after news of Mondale's death broke, Carter said he considered Mondale to have been "the best vice president in our country's history".

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