Carter mourns Mondale's death: 'The best vice president in our country's history'

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Walter Mondale, a former US vice president and ambassador to Japan who worked on a yet-to-be-realized plan to close a key USA air base in Okinawa Prefecture, died Monday at his home in Minneapolis, according to USA media.

Mr Mondale served Minnesota as attorney-general and a U.S. senator, and followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H Humphrey, to the vice-presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination himself in 1984, and made history by naming a woman, US Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of NY, as his running mate before ultimately falling short to Reagan.

A Democrat, he ran for president in the 1984 election, but was defeated by Republican Ronald Reagan, who won a second term.

Other former presidents, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, also paid tribute. Mondale and his family believed that "death was imminent", Axios reports, but after his phone calls, he "perked up", Cosgrove said.

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"It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership and helped provide a model for my service". "I will miss him dearly".

Several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle also expressed their condolences Monday. William Mondale served for a time as an assistant attorney general.

Mondale was from the state of Minnesota.

In a statement released after Mondale's death on Monday, Carter called him "the best vice president in our country's history". Lindsey Graham of SC tweeted.

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