Thursday, July 12, 2007

On July 12, ...

... 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro was chosen as the Democratic nominee for Vice President, making her the 1st woman to run at the top of a major party's slate. In November the New York native and her running mate, U.S. Sen. Walter F. Mondale, received only 40.56% of the popular vote, and lost every state except his home of Minnesota. By a margin of 57%-42%, women voters preferred the GOP ticket of Ronald Reagan-George H.W. Bush, reported Maureen Dowd at the time, adding: "All nine female challengers for the Senate lost their bids. And of 41 female challengers for the House, only two won, with the chance for a third in a Utah race still too close to call.'" In 1993 Ferraro led the United States' delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
... 1954, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party-Minn.) was born in South St. Paul, Minn.

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