First female VP candidate Geraldine Ferraro dies at 75

BOSTON - (AP) - The first woman to run for U.S. vice president ona major party ticket has died. Geraldine Ferraro was 75.

A family friend acting as a spokeswoman for the family sayFerraro, who was diagnosed with blood cancer in 1998, died Saturdayat Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ferraro was an obscure New York City congresswoman when she wascatapulted to national prominence at the 1984 Democraticconvention. Walter Mondale chose her to run with him againstincumbents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

In the end, Reagan won 49 of the 50 states, the largestlandslide in nearly half a century.

Some observers said legal troubles involving her husband and sonwere a drag on Ferraro's later political ambitions, which includedher unsuccessful bids for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senatein New York in 1992 and 1998.

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