The 1972 Democratic presidential candidate who lost to president Richard Nixon “in one of the biggest landslides in American history” has died aged 90. George McGovern spent a few days in a South Dakota hospice where he passed away due to a “combination of medical conditions,” his family said.
Fox News reports:
A 22-year veteran of the House and Senate from South Dakota, McGovern was one of the most storied American politicians of the 20th century. McGovern was best known for his outspoken opposition to the Vietnam War and advocacy for agricultural and world hunger issues.
McGovern lost the 1972 presidential election to the incumbent President Richard Nixon in one of the biggest landslides in American history, winning only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Nixon later resigned from the presidency in 1974 due to the Watergate scandal.
McGovern, a former World War II bomber pilot, was one of the most prominent “doves” of his time. He flew 35 combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for leading an emergency landing of a damaged plane that saved his crew.
Mr McGovern will be remebered as one of the Congress’ most vigorous adovocates of American farmers rights and he won his first election to congress in 1956. The first time he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination was in 1968 following Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination.