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[audio:]

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[audio:]

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:

Interview: Nancy Pelosi on Geraldine Ferraro; Video: Ferraro’s 1984 SF Convention Speech 28 March,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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