Mondale remembered as effective policymaker, public servant

WDIO
Updated: April 20, 2021 09:12 AM
Created: April 19, 2021 09:28 PM

Former Vice President Walter Mondale is being remembered as a public servant with wisdom and wit as well as en effective policymaker.

Former President Jimmy Carter says his vice president “was an invaluable partner and an able servant of the people of Minnesota, the United States, and the world.”

President Joe Biden said he and First Lady Jill Biden spoke with Mondale over the weekend "to reflect on the years of friendship we shared, and how much we learned from and leaned on each other." 

Biden said Mondale was his first call when former President Barack Obama asked him to be his running mate. 

"He not only took my call, he wrote me a memo. It was Walter Mondale who defined the presidency as a full partnership, and helped provide a model for my service," the President wrote. 

Minnesota's current U.S. senators also are mourning the man who preceded them in the Senate.

Amy Klobuchar told WDIO News that Mondale influenced her career through her positive attitude.

"He wasn't just the senior statesman for our state. He was a point of pride for all of us because he didn't just teach us how you lead when he passed major civil rights legislation as a senator or negotiated with world leaders, a kid from a small town in Minnesota, the son of a minister, but he taught us what you do when things don't go well. He lost his race for president. He came back to Minnesota, and he didn't just crawl under a rock. He went on and he took it as his mission to train the next generation of leaders," Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar adds Mondale taught her that “getting things done for people” was an essential part of leadership.

And Tina Smith says Mondale provided a “strong, compassionate, clear, and fearless voice to the world" throughout his life.

Gov. Tim Walz (DFL-Minn.) sent a statement, saying, "Walter Mondale believed in and worked to create a nation with a heart, a soul, and a conscience. He believed that the greatness of America is found in the everyday men and women who build our nation, do its work, and defend its freedoms."

Pete Stauber said Mondale will be remembered for his integrity and compassion.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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