Monday 18 December 2017

Senator who ran against Nixon dies

Former US senator George McGovern, the Democrat who lost to president Richard Nixon in 1972 in an historic landslide, has died at the age of 90.

Mr McGovern was a bomber pilot in World War Two who became an early critic of the Vietnam War and a leader of the Democrats' liberal wing.

He ran for president three times, also making a try for the nomination in 1968 and 1984.

Despite the 1972 Watergate break-in, Mr Nixon won a second term in one of the biggest landslides in modern history.

Irish Independent

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