On this day in 1984, Walter Mondale, a Democratic presidential candidate and President Jimmy Carter’s Vice President, announced that Representative Geraldine Ferraro of New York would be his running mate. Ferraro was a strong advocate of women’s rights and the child of Italian immigrants.
A few days later, at the Democratic National Convention, New York Governor Mario Cuomo offered a retort to President Ronald Reagan‘s calling the United States a “shining city on a hill.” Cuomo said Reagan was indifferent to the proverty and racial problems plaguing many Americans. The convention saw Ferraro become the first woman nominated by a major party for the vice presidency.
On November 6, Reagan and Bush won the Presidential election with the greatest Republican landslide in U.S. history, carrying, every state but Minnesota–Mondale’s home state.
After leaving Congress in 1985. Ferrarowas a permanent
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