Walter Mondale, the former vice president who served under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at his home in Minneapolis. He was 93. Mondale's spokeswoman announced his death, but did not reveal a cause. Born on Jan. 5, 1928, in Ceylon, Minnesota, he became involved in politics in his 20s, and served as a state attorney general and senator. Mondale, who pushed for anti-poverty programs and open housing, was tapped by Carter to be his running mate in 1976, and they narrowly won the election. After being defeated by the Reagan-Bush ticket in 1980, Mondale gave the White House another shot in 1984. As the Democratic nominee, he chose Geraldine Ferraro, a Democratic congresswoman from New York, as his running mate, making her the first woman to run on a major-party presidential ticket. They were unsuccessful, and Mondale returned to Minnesota to practice law.
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