( 4UMF NEWS ) George McGovern Dies:
The 90-year-old passed away at a hospice in Sioux Falls, SD.
Steve Hildebrand, a spokesman for the family, issued a statement to NBC News which read: “At approximately 5:15 am CT [6: 15 a.m. ET] this morning, our wonderful father, George McGovern passed away peacefully at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by our family and life-long friends.
“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.”
McGovern was a bomber pilot in World War II who became an early critic of the Vietnam War and a leader of the Democrats’ liberal wing. He was elected to his first of three Senate terms in 1962.
McGovern ran for president three times, also making a try for the nomination in 1968 and 1984. Despite the 1972 Watergate break-in, Nixon won a second term by a huge landslide.
He challenged Nixon in 1972 on a platform opposing the war in Vietnam, but suffered one of the most lopsided defeats in U.S. history, taking only 37.5 percent of the vote and carrying only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.
Later as Nixon’s presidency unraveled in the Watergate scandal, bumper stickers saying “Don’t blame me, I’m from Massachusetts” and buttons saying “Don’t blame me, I voted for McGovern” began to appear.