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Former US Vice President Walter Mondale has died aged 93. He became a senator in 1966 and immediately found himself in the spotlight, as part of the committee investigation into the fatal Apollo 1 fire. He became vice President under Jimmy Carter and was used to travel the world and defend the US foreign policy at the time, which was “Don’t start wars” and thus proved highly controversial. Mondale was seen as being the first modern Vice President, being a vital parter of the Carter Administration rather than a forgotten figurehead. Mondale ran for US President in 1984. Reagan’s popularity (as seen in quips like his youth and inexperience line which all anyone remembers from those debates) saw him win 49 states, one of the biggest landslides in US political history. (Which is probably grimly amusing, as all anyone remembers from the Democratic primary debates is Mondale destroying Gary Hart with his “where’s the beef?” quip.) In 2002 he ran for the Special election for the Minnesota senate, but was defeated by Norm Coleman. He was picked by 12 teams, including NoSoup4U, Grim McGraw and Only the good die young.
5 January 1928 – 19 April 2021