Biden to Speak at Former Vice President Mondale's Memorial Service - New Style Motorsport

President Joe Biden plans to gather with other dignitaries in Minneapolis on Sunday to remember former Vice President Walter Mondale at a memorial service that his family delayed for a year due to the pandemic.

Mondale died in April 2021 at the age of 93. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden wanted to attend the funeral because she had “an important personal relationship” with Mondale.

Biden has described Mondale as “one of our nation’s most dedicated patriots and public servants.”

Admission is by invitation only, but the service will be broadcast live for the public. It is scheduled to run from 1:30 to 3 pm CDT.

Other speakers at the event at the University of Minnesota include Governor Tim Walz, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and Larry Jacobs, a political science professor at the university’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Presidential historian Jon Meacham will deliver the main eulogy.

Mondale graduated from the university and its law school, and the law school building is named after him. The service plans a performance of “Tomorrow” by “Annie” and a closing by the university’s marching band, which will send people off with the fight song “Minnesota Rouser.”

Mondale followed the path blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, who served as Minnesota’s attorney general before replacing Humphrey in the United States Senate. He served as Vice President under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

And he lost one of the most lopsided presidential elections in history, to Ronald Reagan in 1984. He won only Minnesota and the District of Columbia after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won. But he made history in that race by choosing Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate, becoming the first major party candidate to put a woman on the ticket.

Mondale remained a revered liberal elder, with a long list of accomplishments, serving as ambassador to Japan under President Bill Clinton. But he wasn’t done with politics. In 2002, at age 74, he was recruited to run for Senate again after Senator Paul Wellstone was killed in a plane crash shortly before the election. Mondale lost the abbreviated race to Republican Norm Coleman.

Biden paid tribute to Mondale at the time of his death last year, saying: “There have been few senators, before or since, who commanded such universal respect. … It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as full partnership and helped provide a model for my service.”

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