Like Ron Paul, George McGovern was a non-establishment candidateSubmitted by jay0718 on Wed, 10/17/2012 - 18:08
As a recovering Republican, I have to admit that George McGovern was one of the last of the non-establishment candidates. There have been a few through the years that were Democrats, including Eugene McCarthy. But like most candidates who go up against the military industrial complex, he lost.
Ex-presidential nominee George McGovern no longer responsive: family
Reuters | 10/17/2012
Former Democratic Senator George McGovern, who lost to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, is "no longer responsive" and is surrounded by family and friends at a hospice center in South Dakota, his family said on Wednesday.
McGovern, 90, was admitted to hospice in Sioux Falls "with a combination of medical conditions, due to age, that have worsened over recent months," his family said in a statement.
"The Senator is no longer responsive. He is surrounded by his loving family and close friends," the statement added.
McGovern served in the Senate for South Dakota from 1963 to 1981. He unsuccessfully challenged Nixon in 1972 on a platform opposing the Vietnam War. He won only 37.5 percent of the popular vote and carried only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia in one of the worst defeats in U.S. history.
The son of a Methodist minister, McGovern flew combat missions over Europe as a B-24 bomber pilot during World War Two, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross.