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In Death, Long After Loss, Mondale’s Liberal Legacy Stands

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1984, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale and his running mate, Geraldine Ferraro, wave as they leave an afternoon rally in Portland, Ore. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday, April 19, 2021. He was 93. (AP Photo/Jack Smith, File)

(AP) — Many Americans may remember Walter Mondale for his near-shutout defeat for the White House in 1984. But well after his bruising loss, the Minnesota Democrat who died Monday at 93 remained a revered liberal elder — with a list of accomplishments that are still relevant today.

As a young senator, he co-wrote the Fair Housing Act of 1968, a pillar of federal civil rights legislation. Under President Jimmy Carter, he became the first vice president to regularly advise the president. He also named a woman as his running mate, a first for a major presidential ticket.

 

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