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First Female VP Candidate Dies in US

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TEHRAN, March 27 (ICANA) – The first female vice-presidential candidate in the Unites States, former US Democratic Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro has died at the age of 75.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 10:46:14 AM
First Female VP Candidate Dies in US

Ferraro died on Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston of a blood cancer after a 12-year battle with cancer, according to a statement from her family.

Ferraro became the first female vice-presidential candidate to represent a major political party, when Walter Mondale picked her as his running mate in 1984.

Republican contender Ronald Reagan and his running mate George Bush won that election in a landslide.

She "was widely known as a leader, a fighter for justice, and a tireless advocate for those without a voice," said the statement released to US media.

"Her courage and generosity of spirit throughout her life waging battles big and small, public and personal, will never be forgotten and will be sorely missed," the statement said.

She was a low-profile New York City congresswoman when Mondale picked her from the male-dominated US House of Representatives.

Despite suffering a huge defeat, Ferraro saluted Mondale for helping women reach new political heights.

In 2008, Sarah Palin became the second woman -- and the first Republican -- to be on a presidential ticket, when she was chosen as the running mate by Republican John McCain in his losing 2008 campaign. Palin also rose from obscurity, serving as governor of Alaska.

In the 2008 election, Ferraro was a strong supporter of Democratic New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; however, Ferraro caused much controversy when she said Clinton's rival, Barack Obama, would not be leading the pack if he were white or a woman.

Some called her comments racist -- an accusation she denied. Still, she left Clinton's campaign shortly after.

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