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-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Geraldine Ferraro for ever changed American politics when she became the first female vice presidential candidate in 1984 the running -- to Walter Mondale.
She's remembered by politicians on both sides of the aisle as a TrailBlazer.
She opened doors for women.
Geraldine Ferraro was a -- -- our very first show and I visited with her numerous times in the hallways in green rooms right here at fox.
She was a classy lady.
Has she had the admirable quality of being strong -- convictions but gracious toward others.
-- Parsons ship was principled never petty never blind.
All of us will genuinely miss her and will for ever appreciate her.
Ed Rollins managed Ronald Reagan's 1984 reelection campaign.
And he had the on enviable task of having to compete against -- take a they had America's first female vice presidential candidate Ed Rollins.
This -- -- shock.
-- Walter Mondale selected.
Geraldine Ferraro what was the original reaction in the Reagan -- we're sort of cruising along ten -- fifteen points ahead of Mondale and all of a sudden they have their convention in.
He makes a comment about taxes and we thought okay with that got -- by the throat and then all of a sudden -- he announces Geraldine.
As the running mate and the place comes alive America comes alive women voters everywhere aren't as static.
She was someone who wasn't widely known in the country but she was widely known in the congress a beloved figure.
Extraordinarily competent I mean ironically.
She might have been the first woman speaker she was -- leadership she was a favorite Tip O'Neill.
And she went out on the campaign trail and courageously.
Carried the banner and I in a very tough tough campaign for for both she and Walter Mondale.
-- you managed that campaign which ended up being the most successful presidential campaign in American history.
But that night when you realized that he is sort of changed the game completely.
What did you say to President Reagan what was the first conversation the two of you had after the announcement.
I I they call the White House called and and I had a conversation and they civil what do we know about our -- yeah we know she's it.
Third term member from queens we know she's a favorite of speaker we don't know a whole lot you know and and the temptation is obviously you're trying to find out as much you -- we'd have to.
And very quickly things are going over the transit lot of misleading information but more important New York Times decided that they wanted to go.
-- explore who she was and what she was.
She and her husband had lived separate lives -- very close family but he'd run a real estate business she was the politician so they dug.
And mercifully -- both of their their lives a lot of rumors -- innuendoes most of which wasn't proven to be true.
But she basically madam.
Battled on and became a very significant part of that campaigning carry the message very effectively you guys got accused of being behind a lot we we did we are you behind and we were not behind -- we had the one of one of the dangers is that week.
You know we knew -- a sound more convincing I have to some more -- a cup -- -- Lee Atwater is my deputies I had to watch really got I haven't gotten it if you guys are behind let's.
But -- the press were really that -- -- we're doing a lot of it you know way I mean what we had to do was sort of filter through the stuff that was coming as a cent over the transit and make sure that whatever we did you know we do we looked at everything I won't I won't be dishonest about that.
But we chose just after three or four days to.
Just based get back focused on the on the two of them who basically -- true liberals and obviously create the contrast with -- presence presence campaign was about.
What what -- -- -- the first four years.
It's -- -- certainly over the campaign UN ms.
Ferraro had conversations we did what did you talk about it we had great he had great times we were I was on her show many times in Europe where -- counter point counter we had a very friendly relationship.
I saw or heard 67 months ago -- -- restaurant whether whether husband.
And I had a great affection for she was -- kind of person.
You know the days when I came up in politics -- could sit down with Democrats and Republicans -- -- -- -- grab dinner and talk about things and you know we're never gonna agree on things we -- we love the process we love the game and she was a fabulous warrior and I and I had create the greatest respect in the world for well we all mr.
Ed Rollins thank you very much -- -- reminiscent of great.
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