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Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former President Jimmy Carter at in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Photo: Leigh Vogel/WireImage

Former President Jimmy Carter on Monday remembered his "dear friend" Walter Mondale, as the "best vice president in our country's history."

The big picture: Carter's tribute was one of many from past presidents and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle to Mondale, who died on Monday at the age of 93.

What they're saying:
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Carter said in a statement that Mondale was an "invaluable partner."

  • "During our administration, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force that had never been seen before and still exists today," he said.

President Biden said in a statement that he and first lady Jill Biden had "great gratitude that we were able to call one of our nation's most dedicated patriots and public servants a dear friend and mentor."

  • "Jill and I had the opportunity to speak to Fritz and his family over the weekend, to reflect on the years of friendship we shared, and how much we learned from and leaned on each other."
"It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership, and helped provide a model for my service."
— Biden

Vice President Kamala Harris said in an emailed statement the fact Mondale picked a female running mate, former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-N.Y.), when he ran for president in 1984 opened "a new door to the future." 

  • "I was able to speak with him just a few days ago and thank him for his service and his steadfastness," she added.

Former President Clinton tweeted, "Walter Mondale believed in the power of government to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and proved it at every stage of his remarkable career — with deep policy knowledge, a tireless work ethic, and uncommon decency. Hillary and I loved him and will miss him very much."

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who was an intern in Mondale's office when she was a college student in the 1970s, said in an emailed statement he taught her about "actually getting things done for people."

  • Klobuchar said Mondale was "a true public servant" in every sense of the word. "He was someone who always treated people with dignity and respect, and I was privileged to call him my friend and mentor," she added.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in a Twitter post that Mondale "served his country with great distinction and was passionate about his causes."

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted that Mondale was a "gr8 senator & Vice President"

  • "He was very successful politically except 1 loss to Reagan in 84 Mondale spoke the values of Minnesota & loved his state like I do Iowa," he added.

Former Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.), who narrowly lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Mondale in 1984, said in an emailed statement that Mondale was "a statesman before he was a politician," representing the "best qualities of the Democratic Party."

  • "We were competitors once, but we were friends always," he added.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called Mondale "a giant in Minnesota politics," a "champion of civil rights," an "advocate for peace, fair housing, women's rights and consumer protection for the better part of five decades in politics."

Go deeper: Read: Former Vice President Walter Mondale's last message

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

Go deeper

Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93

Walter Mondale, left, with former President Jimmy Carter in Jan. 2018 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota's campus in Minneapolis. Photo: Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Walter Mondale, who transformed the role of U.S. vice president while serving under Jimmy Carter and was the Democratic nominee for president in 1984, died Monday at 93, according to a family spokesperson.

The big picture: President Biden, who was mentored by Mondale through the years, said in 2015 that the former vice president gave him a "roadmap" to successfully take on the job.

Read: Former Vice President Walter Mondale's last message

Photo courtesy of Mondale.

Former Vice President Walter Mondale wrote a farewell letter to his staff, sent upon his death on Monday, thanking them for years working together.

Dear Team,

Well my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I Go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side!

Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight.

Joe in the White House certainly helps.

I always knew it would be okay if I arrived some place and was greeted by one of you!

My best to all of you!

Fritz

Updated 16 mins ago - World

Putin calls Biden summit "constructive," but blames U.S. for tensions

Putin at the summit with Biden. Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that his summit with President Biden was "constructive," and that the countries had agreed their ambassadors would imminently return to their posts in Moscow and Washington.

What he's saying: "Many of our joint positions are divergent but nevertheless I think both sides manifested a determination to try and understand each other and try and converge our positions," Putin told reporters at a press conference immediately following the meetings, according to a translator.