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I -- proud of the extent.
You are nomination.
For vice president -- -- A TrailBlazer for women and politics Geraldine Ferraro.
-- made history as the first woman -- selected -- major party as his vice presidential candidate.
-- and Ferraro was born August 26 1935.
In Newburgh New York.
To a family of Italian immigrants.
Two over three older Brothers died at an early age and tragedy would strike -- -- me again when her father died of a heart attack when she was only eight.
After graduating from college Ferraro became a second grade teacher and -- -- while as a teacher she put herself through law school graduating with honors in 1960.
She married -- Cairo.
A businessman and -- looked her shortly after law school but decided to keep her maiden name as an honor to her mother.
From the 1970s Ferraro became active in local New York City democratic politics in the Borough of queens and shot -- When she won a traditionally Republican House of Representatives seat there in 1978.
While serving three terms in congress Ferraro quickly made a reputation for ourself with the democratic leadership and -- 1984 she made history.
When democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale.
Chose her to be his running mate.
Barrel last the Democratic Convention.
Been nominated Geraldine Ferraro -- New York to run with me for the -- -- -- it's a later it was a risky move.
-- knew I was -- chance and I figured this might -- him reshuffle a deck who might make can be anonymous.
Initially that seemed to work as Mondale pulled even with Republican president Ronald Reagan after the convention.
But an investigation into Ferraro's husband's tax returns stole that momentum.
And although the allegations were never proven the damage was done at the time -- election was over.
Great moment and a landslide.
-- continued to have a role in public life.
Represented the US and international conferences in the ninety's she ran for the US senate from New York twice but lost in the democratic primaries.
In December of 1998 I two is diagnosed with a blood cancer multiple myeloma in 2001 for -- reveals she had a form of blood cancer she became a tireless advocate.
Raising awareness and funds for research into her disease.
Refusing to give in to -- for our work on Hillary Clinton's -- presidential bid in 2000.
She voluntarily resigned after being accused of making allegedly racist remarks to a newspaper about then candidate Barack Obama.
-- she said wouldn't have been as successful if you were white or woman.
Obama would later say she wasn't a racist but Ferraro was clearly upset.
I feel very bad for people who who.
Thought I was a racist I -- I really do this has been the worst three weeks of my life.
When Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain's running mate -- said it was wonderful to -- -- woman on the national ticket noting that she didn't want to be the only want.
Two years later they met in person on election night in 2010.
In the roles as political analyst for Fox News.
The opportunity that -- in other women following you have.
Have been able to seize it that's just been wonderful it's been great for our nation.
Geraldine Ferraro is survived by her husband three children and grandchildren.
She broke the barrier for women in presidential politics and will be remembered as an -- not just to women but to all Americans.
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