SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (www.incnow.tv) - Former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern died Sunday in his native South Dakota. He was 90 years old.
McGovern and his vice presidential running mate, Ambassador Sargeant Shriver, D-Md., faced President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew in the 1972 presidential campaign. McGovern originally picked Sen. Thomas Eagleton, D-Mo., for the ticket; but Eagleton withdrew over mental health issues. McGovern lost in 520-17 electoral college landslide, only clinching Massachusetts' delegates.
McGovern's historic loss was also the centerpiece of the Watergate Scandal, that would eventually lead to the resignation of President Nixon, who helped cover-up a break-in of the Democratic National Committee.
A World War II veteran, McGovern was staunchly against the Vietnam War, and called for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops as part of his platform. The Vietnam War would end three years later.
McGovern served South Dakota in the House of Representatives for two terms, then in the Senate for another 18 years. Bill Clinton appointed McGovern as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1998, where McGovern served until 2001.
A family spokesman says McGovern died at a hospice, and had been unresponsive for days before his death.
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