NEW YORK — Walter F. Mondale, rolled over by a landslide in the 1984 presidential election, said the Iran- contra scandal has vindicated his campaign charges that Ronald Reagan was an absentee President.
"It was a theme in my last campaign, but who listened?" said Mondale in an interview in today's New York Times.
"I said the President was out of touch, out of control, uninformed, unwilling to accept responsibility for mistakes and burdened by some Rambo-like concepts bound to get us in trouble. Who listened?"
Mondale, vice president under Jimmy Carter and the Democrats' choice to challenge Reagan in his bid for a second term, told the paper that he felt "vindicated" by the Tower Commission report on the secret arms deals. The report found that Reagan had not exercised sufficient control over the activities of the White House.