Former US vice president Walter Mondale dies

Former US vice president Walter Mondale dies

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Mondale, a Democrat, represented Minnesota in the Senate from 1964 until 1976, when he signed on as Carter's running mate.

Mr Mondale's family said he died on Monday (local time) in Minneapolis.

He served as United States ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996 in the administration of then president Bill Clinton, and worked to reduce the USA trade deficit with Japan.

"I took Fritz's roadmap", Biden said at an event honoring Mondale in 2015.

On the day before he died, former Vice President Walter Mondale spoke with Vice President Kamala Harris on the phone, one of several conversations he had on Sunday with current and former politicians, his friend and former staffer Tom Cosgrove told Axios.

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In his early days, Mondale served as Minnesota's attorney general starting in 1960.

Mondale's own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan's popularity.

Mondale was US ambassador to Japan from 1993 and 1996 under the then administration of Bill Clinton, after serving as vice president to Jimmy Carter for four years through January 1981.

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".

He 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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