George McGovern Finally Escapes From South Dakota

George McGovern

George McGovernCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — George McGovern was an unwavering, often unrequited advocate for liberal Democratic causes. He pursued those goals in plainspoken, usually understated, Midwestern style. He was a dedicated, decent man, a devoted Democrat even when the party establishment turned away from him in defeat. He wasn’t good at political gamesmanship. He suffered his worst blunders when he strayed from straight talk in his doomed 1972 presidential campaign. It didn’t fit the man and it shook the credibility he treasured. McGovern was a partisan without the poison that increasingly infected American politics. In his career-long quest for programs to feed the hungry, in the U.S. and worldwide, he worked in partnership with Bob Dole, former Republican leader of the Senate where they’d both served.During his years of political retirement — he lost his South Dakota Senate seat in 1980 — McGovern remained active, lecturing, teaching and writing. He even waged a token presidential campaign in 1984. He’d also run briefly for the 1968 nomination after the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (read more at Kennebec Journal)

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