McGovern No Longer Responsive in Hospice
Family says end is near for Democratic icon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 17, 2012 4:51 PM CDT
In this April 18, 2009, file photo, former Sen. George McGovern delivers remarks at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.   (Bill Haber)

(Newser) – The family of George McGovern says the former US senator who ran against President Nixon in 1972 is "no longer responsive" in hospice care. The 90-year-old's family issued a statement through Avera McKennan Hospital in South Dakota. His daughter, Ann McGovern, earlier told the AP that her father is "nearing the end" and appears restful and peaceful. She says it's a blessing that she and other family members are able to be with him.

McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide. He was a member of the US House from 1957 to 1961 and a US senator from 1963 to 1981 and led his party's liberal wing during that time. In recent years, he turned his focus to world hunger.

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Oct 18, 2012 12:48 PM CDT
It wasn't his party that made the mess out this country,it was the other party but by another guy named GEORGE.
Oct 18, 2012 6:26 AM CDT
He will take his leave comfortably from within the circle of his family. That's about as good as that gets ... a Dios, Senator.
Oct 18, 2012 4:03 AM CDT
I didn't realize he was still alive. He was one of the good guys in politics.