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article imageFormer US presidential nominee George McGovern in hospice

By Layne Weiss     Oct 15, 2012 in Politics
Sioux Falls - Former United States presidential nominee and Senator George McGovern has been admitted to hospice care near his home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
"He's coming to the end of his life," his daughter Ann told The Associated Press. She was very vague about her father's condition, simply noting that the 90 year old had suffered "health problems" in the last year.
In 1972, George McGovern was the Democratic nominee for president. He lost in a landslide against incumbent President Richard Nixon.
He represented his home state of South Dakota in the US Senate before and after his unsuccessful presidential campaign, CNN reports. After losing his bid for a fourth Senate term, McGovern retired from his daily political career, but still remained active.
McGovern decided to turn his attention to world hunger. In 2001, President Bill Clinton appointed him as the UN's first global ambassador for hunger.
After a lecture last October, McGovern was treated for severe exhaustion, The AP reports.Two months later, he was scheduled to appear on a C-Span program about "failed presidential candidates who have had a lasting impact on American politics," he fell and hit his head.
He went to Florida in April to try to determine why he passed out and had difficulty speaking.
In July, McGovern celebrated his 90th birthday. It has been 40 years since he ran on an anti-war platform against Richard Nixon during the Vietnam era, which was filled with protests and intense passions. On his 90th birthday, McGovern still felt just as strongly about war. He told The Daily Beast that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were "just as silly as the war in Vietnam. We shouldn't be in countries we don't know anything about," he said. He appeared sharp and intelligent, and unchanging in his ideals.
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