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Geraldine Ferraro, First Woman VP Candidate, Dies at 75

ABC News(BOSTON) -- Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket, died Saturday at Massachusetts General Hospital, a spokesman for her family said. She was 75. 

Ferraro, the first woman and the first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket, was Walter Mondale's vice presidential running mate in 1984 on the Democratic Party ticket.

She earned a reputation for speaking her mind on the issues of the day, sometimes generating controversy for her outspoken opinions.

The New York Democrat served three terms in the House of Representatives. In 1998, she ran and lost a bid for the Senate -- her second failed attempt in six years to serve in the Senate. That would be her last campaign.

After making racially-charged comments about Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., in 2008, Ferraro stepped down as a member of the finance committee for the presidential campaign of then Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. Clinton went on to lose the presidential nomination to Obama.

Ferraro had told a California newspaper that if Obama, "was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

Ferraro's record of public service and as a trailblazing woman is perhaps her greatest legacy. Many believe she helped open the door to countless female candidates, including Republican Sarah Palin.

Ferraro told National Public Radio in 2008 that she was glad to see Palin on the GOP ticket with Sen. John McCain.

Ferraro graduated from Fordham Law School, one of only three women in her class. She raised her children, passed the bar, served as an assistant district attorney in the Queens County District Attorney's Office, and was first elected to Congress from New York's Ninth Congressional District in Queens in 1978, and served three terms in the House.

From 1996 until 1998, Ferraro was a co-host of Crossfire, a political interview program, on CNN. She was also a partner in the CEO Perspective Group, a consulting firm that advises top executives.

Ferraro was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 1998. She publicly disclosed the illness in June 2001.

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Condolences Pour In Following Geraldine Ferraro's Death

Brian Ach/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Following the death of former congresswoman and vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro on Saturday, President Barack Obama along and several others expressed their condolences to Ferraro’s family.

President Obama said that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were saddened to learn about the death of Ferraro, and that Ferraro would be remembered as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women and Americans of all walks of life.

“Whether it was as a public school teacher, assistant district attorney, Member of Congress, or candidate for Vice President, Geraldine fought to uphold America's founding ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all,” President Obama said in a statement.  “And as our Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission, she stood up for those ideals around the world.”

Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin offered her condolences to Ferraro’s family as well. Palin also described Ferraro as being someone who broke down barriers, and said that the world will miss Ferraro.

“When I had the honor of working alongside Geraldine on election night last year, we both discussed the role of women in politics and our excited expectation that someday that final glass ceiling would be shattered by the election of a woman president,” Palin said.

Former President George H.W. Bush said both he and his wife, Barbara, are saddened by Ferraro’s death. President Bush said although he and Ferraro were one-time political opponents, he was happy to have become friends with Ferraro over time.

Also issuing a statement was Ellen Malcolm, founder and chairperson of EMILY’s List, a group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to political office, and which backed Ferraro in her run for office.

“Geraldine was so tough, and so much fun – and she fought her disease with the same toughness, charm and positive attitude that she showed as a political leader,” Malcolm said. “We’ll miss her, and continue to think about her with every new woman who runs.”

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