Who Was George McGovern?
What is a biography of George McGovern?
George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author and U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.
Former Senator and presidential nominee George McGovern died on October 21, 2012 in his home state of South Dakota. George McGovern ranks right up there with President John F Kennedy and Robert Kennedy as he was the epitome of what liberalism is all about. George McGovern championed the causes of the poor and disenfranchised. He is best known for his stance on the Vietnam War.
He ran for president of the United States in 1972 against Richard Nixon on the platform of ending the Vietnam War. McGovern lost the election by a land slide.
He returned to the Senate after his loss where he remained for a total of (18) years. After he failed to win reelection to the Senate, he worked to feed the hungry in the US and in the whole world. He led efforts to initiate a school lunch program for children in America that feeds millions of children every school day. He was awarded the World Food Prize for his work on world hunger.
George McGovern----A true humanitarian. RIP!
George McGovern was the Democratic nominee for President in the 1972 Presidential election that Nixon and the Republican party wanted to run as the Democratic nominee because they thought he was beatable unlike Edmund Muske or that pesky Senator Kennedy.
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George McGovern was the Democratic Party's candidate for President in 1972, and lost to incumbent President Richard M. Nixon in one of the most lopsided landslides in American political history.
In the early 1970s I was a student at Rhode Island College and chairman of the Student Political Science Advisory Committee. We invited Ben Wattenberg to speak at the school (he had been an advisor to Washington Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson and served on the 1972 Democratic Party Platform Committee). He told us that the McGovern people were even more radical left than the American people realized. Some of them were trying to get language into the platform to essentially dissolve the Defense Department! As radical as it was, the Demo platform of 1972 would have been "off the charts" if it weren't for people like Wattenberg. McGovern was a decent man but his politics were much too left-wing and, in response to ladydeonne, John F. Kennedy was a conservative compared to McGovern. If there was one thing Richard Nixon did right, it was to ensure that McGovern did not become president.
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