But the point is, nobody needed to sell convention delegates, or for that matter middle America, on Mondale's life and biography.
Meanwhile, in a New York Times–CBS poll of undecided voters, Mondale was perceived to be the winner by 49 to 32.
The tax issue would dog her campaign, preventing the Mondale message from getting to the public.
And after Mondale lost 49 states in 1984, they nominated Bill Clinton, who was even further to the right.
Mondale responded by rounding up the support of every organized interest group in the Democratic coalition.
There was the T-shirt in Oregon reading FERRARO (in huge letters) and Mondale (teeny type).
They had never seen a McGovern or Mondale mauled for being too far to the left.
Mondale: There is one thing I would like to say because it sounds kind of depressing.
Politically, history would caution against a presidential campaign waged on raising taxes (see Mondale, Walter).
Mondale scored a big win in the Democratic debates by mocking the very idea that new ideas were needed.