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Mikulski Praises Ferraro As ‘Path-Breaking Figure’

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( AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

( AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is praising Geraldine Ferraro as a “path-breaking figure,” who paved the way for women like Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.

Mikulski, D-Md., paid tribute to Ferraro, a close friend who died Saturday. Ferraro became the first woman on a major party ticket when she was chosen by Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale in 1984 as a vice presidential candidate.

Mikulski, who became the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. Senate this year, says Ferraro “made an indelible mark on our nation’s history.”

She also says Ferraro paved the way for women in their day-to-day lives. She says woman began looking at themselves in a new way after Ferraro became a vice presidential candidate.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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