The Contender
George McGovern
Born: July 19, 1922
"The Establishment center... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation."

1957 – 1961: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

1963 – 1981: U. S. Senator from South Dakota

1972: U.S. Presidential Candidate

1981: Founded Americans for Common Sense (PAC)

1981-1982: Professor at the University of New Orleans

1984: Aimed to get the Democratic Presidential nomination (did not receive the nomination)

1998 – 2001: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture

2001-Present: UN Global Ambassador on World Hunger by the World Food Programme (Good Will Ambassador)

1972 Election

CandidatePartyElectoral VotePopular VotePercentage
Richard NixonRepublican52047,168,71060.7%
George McGovernDemocratic1729,173,22237.5%

Did you know...
Almost 40 years after Nixon operatives broke into the DNC offices at the Watergate complex, George McGovern now serves as a policy adviser to a law firm with offices in the very same hotel. McGovern was quoted in July 2011 by the Washington Post saying "I sure hope that no one breaks into my office this time."

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