Walter Mondale, the 1984 Democratic presidential nominee, chose Representative Geraldine Ferraro from New York as his running mate, the first woman to be on the national ticket of a major party. The Democrats were endorsed by the National Education Association who had given their first presidential endorsement eight years earlier when Mondale was the successful vice-presidential nominee. Mondale and Ferraro suffered one of the worse defeats in history to Republican incumbents President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush.
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