George McGovern

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George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.


  • I think the Vietnamese are better off in Vietnam.
    • In Newsweek May 5, 1975. Quoted by Quang X. Pham in Ford's Finest Legacy in the Washington Post 30 December 2006.
  • Chairman (Larry) O'Brien, Chairwoman (Yvonne) Burke, Senator (Ted) Kennedy, Senator (Thomas) Eagleton and my fellow citizens, I'm happy to join us (sic) for this benediction of our Friday sunrise service. I assume that everyone here is impressed with my control of this Convention in that my choice for Vice President was challenged by only 39 other nominees. And I can tell you that Eleanor (McGovern) is very grateful that the Oregon delegation at least kept her in the race with (wife of Attorney General John N Mitchell) Martha Mitchell. -McGovern's acceptance speech at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, America's Political Parties: Power and Privelige Part 1: The Democrats hosted by Ben Wattenberg
  • I opened the doors of the Democratic Party and 20 million people walked out. -ibid
  • I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

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