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Tributes: George McGovern

Monday, October 22, 2012

Senator George McGovern remained true to his liberal Democratic roots, nurtured in South Dakota, throughout his long life.  He just died at the age of 90 in South Dakota, near where he’d spent his formative years.  He won the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972 as an opponent of the Vietnam War.  Though he lost to Richard Nixon, he continued to uphold progressive causes – and opposed with equal vehemence the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.  He spoke to Leonard Lopate several times and you can hear his conversations with Leonard from 1996 and 2005.

George McGovern on the Leonard Lopate Show in 1996

 

George McGovern on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2005

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If you would like a good primer on McGovern's life and the 1972 please watch One Bright Shining Moment...a 2004 documentary on the candidate and that campaign. It's available on NetFlix.

Two things to note:
-Even though McGovern lost in a landslide, no one associated with his campaign went to prison. Nixon's men went to jail.
-McGovern's losing 1972 campaign brought the end of U.S. troops in Vietnam.

I couldn't vote in 1972 but if I could have it would have been for McGovern. He still would have lost.

Oct. 27 2012 12:00 PM
jeffrey toplin from New York City

George McGovern was the last government official I trully admired. I enjoyed listening to him immensly. I still wished he had become president. I was 18years old during that period. My politics are still heavilly influenced by his ,shall we call it " Teachings"?
Thanks NYC for the replays. I will be forwarding them to my son in college and friends who will enjoy him also.

Oct. 23 2012 07:24 PM

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