Saturday, March 26, 2011
It's never easy to be the first, Geraldine Ferraro, was a pioneer. In 1984, she was the Democratic Nominee for Vice President, the first woman to run on a major party presidential ticket when Walter Mondale (perceived by most as bland) picked her hoping to stir excitement and gain ground on the popular incumbent president Ronald Reagan. The choice angered many African-Americans who had hoped that Mondale would picked that year's runner up, the charismatic Reverend Jesse Jackson. Jackson, however was a potential liability, following reports of making Anti-Semitic remarks aimed at New York City. Mondale initially got a bounce in the polls after the Ferraro choice, but soon reports surfaced of alleged tax irregularities involving Ferraro and her husband, proving to be a distraction to the campaign. Ferraro, 75, passed away today after battling blood cancer.