David Rapaport & Geraldine Ferraro
Former attorney, Democratic Congresswoman, and Vice
-Presidential nominee, Geraldine Ferraro of New York was interviewed during student research for a book published about
a Democratic activist named Millie Jeffrey who was instrumental in having Mrs. Ferraro placed on the ticket.
Mrs. Ferraro graciously afforded students the opportunity to ask her questions and to allow
the interview to drift to current political themes. In March of 2008, Mrs. Ferraro took a great deal of heat for some
comments made while she was with the Hillary Clinton campaign that instantly became injected into the presidential campaign
of 2008. Mrs. Ferraro died of cancer in 2011 after a twelve year battle.
Video: Ferraro Spars with Bush
Geraldine Ferraro and George Bush were candidates for Vice-President in 1984.In an infamous televised
debate, Bush appeared to belittle Mrs.Ferraro in a tone that she responded to with a memorable rebuke of his paternalism.
This short clip shows the exchange and Mrs. Ferraro's recollections of it.
When Geraldine Ferraro left the stage in San Francisco in 1984 as the first woman nominated as Vice President, the first
person she greeted was Millie Jeffrey, the subject of a book by Palo Alto High students. Ms. Ferraro discussed this in a wide-ranging
interview with Paly students which took place on January 24, 2008. This date was just before the firestorm which was created
when Mrs. Ferraro made remarks highly critical of the "hands-off" treatment given to Senator Barack Obama as a candidate
versus Senator Hillary Clinton who was being mauled by the press.