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Former US Senator George McGovern dies at 90

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Latest update : 2012-10-21

George McGovern, a staunch liberal and US senator for South Dakota from 1963 to 1981, died Sunday at the age of 90. McGovern, an opponent to the Vietnam War, suffered a crushing defeat against Richard Nixon during the 1972 presidential election.

Former U.S. Senator George McGovern, whose anti-Vietnam War stance in his 1972 presidential race against Richard Nixon led to one of the worst electoral defeats in U.S. history, died on Sunday at the age of 90, his family said.

McGovern had been admitted to a hospice suffering from a combination of medical conditions due to age that had worsened in recent months and was surrounded by family and close friends.

McGovern had been hospitalized several times in the past year after complaining of fatigue after a book tour, a fall before a scheduled television appearance, and dizzy spells.

The McGovern family said he died Sunday morning at the hospice, surrounded by family and friends.

“We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace,” a statement released by his family said.

“He continued giving speeches, writing and advising all the way up to and past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer.”

McGovern, who served in the Senate for South Dakota from 1963 to 1981, challenged Nixon in 1972 on a platform opposing the war in Vietnam. He suffered one of the most lopsided defeats in U.S. history, taking only 37.5 percent of the vote and carrying only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

Later as Nixon’s presidency unraveled in the Watergate scandal, bumper stickers saying “Don’t blame me, I’m from Massachusetts” and buttons saying “Don’t blame me, I voted for McGovern” began to appear.


(REUTERS)

Date created : 2012-10-21

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