George McGovern

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McGovern Was a 'Complicated Person'

President Obama, Mitt Romney among those honoring George McGovern

(Newser) - Tributes are rolling in for George McGovern, the Democrat who served three Senate terms and lost a landslide election to President Richard Nixon in 1972. He died today at age 90.
  • "George actually was a very complicated person," said Newt Gingrich, reports Politico . "He said, 'One
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George McGovern Dead at 90

Family confirms death of former presidential candidate

(Newser) - Sen. George McGovern, the Democrat who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide, has died this morning at the age of 90. A family spokesman said that McGovern died at 5:15am today at a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by family and friends.... More »

McGovern No Longer Responsive in Hospice

Family says end is near for Democratic icon

(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... More »

George McGovern Hospitalized

He's having tests to find fainting cause: daughter

(Newser) - George McGovern has been hospitalized in Florida for tests, his daughter said yesterday. The former South Dakota senator and one-time presidential candidate was admitted to a St. Augustine hospital so doctors can determine why he occasionally passes out and loses his ability to speak, reports the Sioux Falls Argus Leader... More »

Only Santorum 'Drubbing' Can Save GOP

Like Dems in 1980s, GOP has forgotten center: Joe Nocera

(Newser) - The Republicans need to nominate Rick Santorum, and not just because he would ensure President Obama's re-election. No, an even more important reason is that Santorum represents the most extreme wing of today's GOP, and only his nomination and "drubbing" will force the party to return to... More »

Is Gingrich the Next Goldwater?

If party elites can't stop Newt, it could be disastrous for GOP: Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - If Newt Gingrich manages to defy party elites and score the nomination, it's pretty much "suicide" for Republicans: "Everything about Newt Gingrich screams 'general election disaster,'" writes Steve Kornacki in Salon , from his "personal and ethical baggage" to his "arrogance." Indeed,... More »

George McGovern Hospitalized After Fall

Democratic icon is 89

(Newser) - Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern is being treated at a South Dakota hospital after falling and hitting his head yesterday outside of Dakota Wesleyan University's McGovern Library, reports the AP . McGovern, 89, was bleeding but conscious after the fall, which occurred two hours before he was scheduled to... More »

How Sarah Palin Is Like George McGovern

Extremist opposition candidates are bound to lose

(Newser) - Sarah Palin and the Tea Party seem to have unrivaled influence in the GOP right now, but Palin better watch out: Pulling her party way to the right may yield short-term triumphs, but it will delay the Republicans' return to power, writes Peter Beinart in the Daily Beast . To understand... More »

Obama, Beware: Afghanistan Is 'Another Vietnam'

Domestic issues must trump unwinnable war: Dem elder statesman

(Newser) - When George McGovern hears about President Obama's plans for Afghanistan, he reluctantly reaches an unavoidable conclusion. "I can only think: another Vietnam," the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee writes in the Washington Post . "I hope I am incorrect, but history tells me otherwise." After 9 years at... More »

Kennedy's Senate Class Full of Lions

Giants abound in 88th Senate

(Newser) - It’s no wonder Ted Kennedy became a lion of the Senate, writes Tom Schaller of FiveThirtyEight.com: he learned from the best. Kennedy began his first full term with the 88th Congress in 1963, and the list of senators sworn in alongside him contains “a safari’s worth... More »

Cronkite as VP? It Nearly Happened

(Newser) - A lot of things would have been better in America if Walter Cronkite had been elected vice president in 1972, writes Frank Mankiewicz in the Washington Post, and it could have happened. Mankiewicz was the political director for George McGovern’s campaign, and, “armed with a poll showing Walter... More »

McGovern to Obama: Call 'Time-Out on War'

War not the best solution to terrorism, ex-candidate argues

(Newser) - George McGovern would like to take the “war” out of the war on terror. The 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, writing in the Washington Post, cautions President Obama against diving headlong into Afghanistan, a battleground that has broken two empires already. “Let me suggest a truly audacious hope for... More »

Aspirations Dashed, Mac May Actually Be Helpful

Others have vowed to help victorious opponent, but GOP senator really might

(Newser) - Every losing presidential candidate pledges to put aside partisanship and help the new president govern, but John McCain might be the first to actually do it, writes Steve Kornacki in the New York Observer. McCain is still in office, yet, at 72, “has absolutely no illusions about ever running... More »

McGovern: Save the Party, Campaign Together

Former Democratic nominee proposes joint tour to heal rift

(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... More »

McGovern Flips to Obama, Urges Hillary to Drop Out

But camp reveals event on economy, signaling she'll stick around

(Newser) - Top Hillary Clinton backer and former Democratic nominee George McGovern is switching his endorsement to Barack Obama—and urging Hillary to step aside, the AP reports. McGovern said it was now all but impossible for Clinton to prevail; the party’s choice in 1972, he said he would call Bill... More »

Is Barack on the Rocks?

Punditry ponders electability gaps, buyer's remorse, next moves for Obama

(Newser) - How bad is the Pennsylvania result for Team Obama and what does it mean going forward? Three writers think it through:
  • “He can’t finish her off,” says Dan Kennedy in the Guardian. Obama scooped up presumptive-nominee status too soon, and now Americans have “buyer’s remorse”
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McGovern? Hart? Dems May Yet Repeat Sorry History

Obama and Clinton reliving party's history of not being able to get out of its own way

(Newser) - The postwar legacy of Democratic candidates is one of failure, Andrew O’Hehir writes in Salon, with so many lost campaigns that any seasoned observer could lay out sorry futures for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Whether Obama and Clinton are McGovern and Muskie or Hart and Mondale, the party's... More »

Clinton's Texas Roots—Are They Too Old?

Young voters, arcane system may rob her of decisive win

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's deep Texan ties may win her next month's primary, but only if young voters feel the same bond, the Washington Post reports. Her romance with the state dates back 35 years and has won her a base “broader than in any other state that I can think... More »

McGovern: Oust Bush, Cheney

Former Dem. nominee rails against duo's 'high crimes and misdemeanors'

(Newser) - Now is the time to impeach President Bush and Vice President Cheney, declares former Democratic nominee George McGovern in a passionate, if quixotic, plea in the Washington Post. The duo have committed a plethora of "high crimes and misdemeanors," says McGovern, including illegal wiretapping, systematic torture, and substantial... More »

Would-Be Wallace Killer Walks Free

Shooter served 35 years for 1972 assassination attempt

(Newser) - The man who tried to assassinate George Wallace in 1972 walked free from prison today after serving 35 years of his 53-year sentence. Arthur Bremer opened fire on the Alabama governor as he campaigned for president in Maryland, leaving him paralyzed. Before he died in 1998, the onetime segregationist wrote... More »

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