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

(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.

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)
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