Geraldine Ferraro, Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 presidential election, died Saturday.

After the announcement of Ferraro’s death, The California Report’s Scott Shafer talked to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom Pelosi called a “dear, dear friend,” about Ferraro’s legacy, her personality, and the meaning of her historic run in 1984. Pelosi started out the conversation by saying she was “very sad,” which struck me as a relatively unguarded comment from a career politician.

Nancy Pelosi on Geraldine Ferraro

Here, Pelosi talks about Ferraro’s strong support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy in 2008:

Pelosi on Geraldine Ferraro’s support of Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy

By the way, in case you weren’t born yet, or were too immersed in watching Eurythmics or Cyndi Lauper videos on MTV, here’s Ferraro’s acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic convention, which was held at Moscone Center in San Francisco:


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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