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Former Sen. George McGovern dies
Sen. George McGovern, 1968
Sen. George McGovern, 1968
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eorge McGovern, a three-term U.S. Senator from South Dakota who was an icon of American liberalism, died Sunday at 90. McGovern won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, but lost to Richard Nixon in "one of the biggest defeats in U.S. history." Still, his run for the White House "left a significant legacy, including his proposals, since fulfilled, that women be appointed to the Supreme Court and nominated for the vice presidency." McGovern, whose chief concern was world peace, was one of the first senators to warn against involvement in Vietnam, in 1963. Two years later, he opposed extending the fighting into North Vietnam and called the war a "moral debacle."

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