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Geraldine Ferraro Died

March 26, 2011 by staff 

Geraldine Ferraro Died, (CNN) – Geraldine Ferraro, a former parliamentary candidate for the vice presidency, died, according to a statement from the family. She was 75.

In, Ferraro was a candidate for vice president first woman from a major political party of the United States when she ran with Democratic nominee Walter Mondale.

A resident of New York City, Ferraro died in Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by her loved ones. His cause of death was complications of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer; she had struggled for years, according to a statement released by her family in Boston.

“Geraldine Ferraro Zaccaro Anne has been widely recognized as a leader, a fighter for justice and a tireless advocate for those without a voice. To us, she was a woman, mother, grandmother and aunt, a woman deeply devoted to and loved by her family, “the family statement said. “His courage and her generosity of spirit throughout her life leads to large battles and small, public and personal, will never be forgotten and greatly missed.”

The family statement also described it as “the first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket.”

Mondale-Ferraro team lost by a landslide in 1984 for holders of Republican President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George HW Bush. In what became the second of two terms of Ronald Reagan in the White House, the Reagan-Bush ticket won the popular vote from .8% to 40% and nearly swept the electoral votes, to 13.

In , Bush was elected st president of the United States.

On Saturday, he and his wife, Barbara, issued a statement expressing her “most sincere condolences to the family and the love of Gerry.”

Ferraro had been struggling with blood cancer for the past years. She died today at the Massachusetts General Hospital, surrounded by her family, a family statement read.

In addition to becoming the first woman to run on a national ticket in America, Ferraro was also the first Italian-American to do when she became the running mate of Democratic candidate Walter Mondale in 1984.

Ferraro began a New York City teacher, teacher in second year at PS in Astoria, Queens, and part of the district she would later represent in Congress. After earning a law degree from Fordham Law School, she balanced raising a family and practice law pro bono in the Queens County Family Court.

She was first elected to Congress from the District of New York’s Ninth Congress in Queens in 1978 and served three terms in the House of Representatives before being used to run the vice-presidency.

During the 2008 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton on Ferraro supported Barack Obama and helped raise money for her campaign. She was forced to resign after thelling Early California Daily Breeze, “If Obama was a white man, and he would not be in this position. And if a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He is very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept. “She saved her comments by saying in a second interview,” I really think they attack me because I’m white. How are you? ”

In a statement issued shortly after the death Farraro, her family said, “Geraldine Ferraro Zaccaro Anne has been widely recognized as a leader, a fighter for justice and a tireless advocate for those without a voice. For us, she was a woman, mother, grandmother and aunt, a woman deeply devoted to and loved by her family. His courage and her generosity of spirit throughout her life leads to great battles and small, public and personal, will never be forgotten and greatly missed. “

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