Minnesotans are mourning the loss of former Vice President Walter Mondale, who died Monday at the age of 93. In 1964, Governor Karl Rolvaag appointed Mondale to the U-S Senate after Hubert Humphrey was elected vice president. Mondale won two subsequent U-S Senate elections and was Jimmy Carter’s vice-presidential running mate in 1976. After Carter lost to Ronald Reagan in 1980, Mondale in 1984 captured the Democratic nomination for president after besting rival, Colorado Senator Gary Hart:
“When I hear your new ideas, I’m reminded of that ad, ‘Where’s the Beef?’.”
But, in what became a defining moment of the 1984 campaign, Mondale didn’t do so well in a debate with President Ronald Reagan:
Reagan: “I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
Mondale won only Minnesota and the District of Columbia. In 2002, when Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash just 11 days before the election, Democrats again turned to Mondale, but he narrowly lost to Republican Norm Coleman.