McGovern: Save the Party, Campaign Together

Former Democratic nominee proposes joint tour to heal rift
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 13, 2008 9:13 AM CDT
In this Oct. 6, 2007 file photo, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., poses with former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern in Iowa City, Iowa.    (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(Newser) – Divisions among Democrats have killed the party’s presidential chances on more than one occasion, and it must not happen this time, writes George McGovern in the New York Times . The 1972 Democratic nominee—who recently switched his endorsement to Barack Obama—offers a plan to unite the party: Obama and Hillary Clinton should campaign side-by-side in the remaining states, outlining their plans for the country without attacking each other.

This Democratic tour should also include Florida and Michigan, McGovern writes, where regardless of the fate of delegates, “voters are entitled to see and to hear these two historic candidates.” The Dems can’t afford to waste “two of the most talented candidates for high office this country has ever produced” over a party rift like the one that ruined McGovern’s own chances in 1972.