George McGovern, former US presidential candidate and South Dakota senator, has died at a hospice in Sioux Falls aged 90.
McGovern, passed away at 5.15 a.m. on October 21. He died at a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by friends and relatives. The death was announced in a statement issued by the McGovern family:
"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. He continued giving speeches, writing and advising all the way up to and past his 90th birthday, which he celebrated this summer."
George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an historian, author and U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.
According to The Guardian it is this defeat to Nixon that McGovern will be most remembered for, going down as one of the most crushing defeats in presidential election history 1972. In the election McGovern campaigned on a platform that included promising to end the conflict in Vietnam and cut defense spending.
During the presidential campaign, and for much of his career afterwards, McGovern was one of the strongest proponents of 'liberalism' within the Democratic Party. Of this, the New York Times says:
"To the liberal Democratic faithful, Mr. McGovern remained a standard-bearer well into his old age, writing and lecturing even as his name was routinely invoked by conservatives as synonymous with what they considered the failures of liberal politics."
McGovern won his first office in 1956, winning South Dakota's 1st congressional district in 1956 and again in 1958. He was defeated in his first bid, in 1960, for the U.S. senate before winning the South Dakota United States Senate election in 1962.
McGovern represented his home state of South Dakota in the US Senate before and after his unsuccessful presidential campaign, serving until 1980. He spent his post-elected office years lecturing and campaigning. This included, the Daily Telegraph notes, being a vocal opponent of the Iraq War, in 2006 McGovern was co-author of 'Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now'.