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Share Your Memories: Senator George McGovern Dies at 90

The former senator and presidential nominee died early Sunday.

Sen. George McGovern—the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972—died Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

He was 90.

McGovern—who stood out for his liberal views and opposition to the Vietnam War—served in the House of Representatives from 1957-1961 and in the U.S. Senate from 1963-1981. He was also a decorated bomber pilot in World War II.

McGovern gained the national spotlight when he became the Democratic Party's presidential nominee against Richard Nixon. However, McGovern won just 17 electoral votes in the presidential election.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said McGovern "dedicated his life to serving the country he loved."

He is survived by his three daughters and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

How did Sen. George McGovern shape the Democratic Party and the U.S.? Tell us in the comments.

John Galt October 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I was too young to vote in 72 (close), and have nothing to really say about him, however he was not the best person for the job at the time. Even my very liberal parents voted for Nixon in 72. For the record; Vietnam was a war that Johnson put the US in.
Things I Learned October 22, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Talk about a war on women hey remember when McGovern campaign manager and future Democratic candidate Gary Hart said the reason the campaign didn't have more women in top positions was: “Women don’t have the experience or ability to organize. . . Do you lower your standards in the midst of a campaign like in the midst of brain surgery and try to equalize social ills?”
Craig Maxwell October 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Libi, NON SEQUITUR: 1) An inference that does not follow from the premises; specifically : a fallacy resulting from a simple conversion of a universal affirmative proposition or from the transposition of a condition and its consequent 2) A statement (as a response) that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything previously said
Things I Learned October 22, 2012 at 11:09 PM
you sound like a rethuglikkkan
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