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Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. George McGovern, speaks (Credit: AP)

Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. George McGovern, speaks to Local 1199, a hospital workers union, at the National Maritime Union Hall in Manhattan. (Oct. 4, 1972)

George McGovern

George McGovern, former Presidential opponent to Richard Nixon, died Oct. 21, 2012. He was 90.

Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. George McGovern, right, and
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Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. George McGovern, right, and his new running mate Sargent Shriver in Washington, D.C., after the Democratic National Committee endorsed Shriver as the new vice presidential nominee, replacing U.S. Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, of Missouri. (Aug. 8, 1972)

The 1972 presidential campaign contenders, from left, Republican
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The 1972 presidential campaign contenders, from left, Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat George McGovern. Nixon won the election only to be forced from office by the Watergate scandal.

Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, of South Dakota,
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Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, of South Dakota, visits the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, where U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, of Illinois, was nominated for president. Obama won the election against U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). (Aug. 25, 2008)

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U.S. Sen. George S. McGovern, of South Dakota,
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U.S. Sen. George S. McGovern, of South Dakota, gives his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach. At left is his first running mate, U.S. Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, of Missouri, and at right, convention chairman Lawrence F. O'Brien. Eagleton was later replaced by Kennedy family member, Sargent Shriver. (July 14, 1972)

The 1972 nominees stand on the platform at
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The 1972 nominees stand on the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Miami. They are from left, vice presidential nominee Thomas F. Eagleton, and his wife, Barbara Ann; and Eleanor McGovern and her husband, presidential nominee George S. McGovern, of South Dakota. Both men were U.S. senators. (July 14, 1972 )

U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) campaigns for the
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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) campaigns for the Democratic nomination for president. He was backed by many followers of the U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated during his own campaign for the nomination in 1968.

The Democratic Party presidential presidential nominee, U.S. Sen.
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The Democratic Party presidential presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. George McGovern, right, and his running mate U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton, of Missouri, during their 1972 election campaign. Eagleton made American political history when he withdrew from the Democratic ticket after revelations about electric-shock treatment he had received for depression.

Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern arrives during the
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Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern arrives during the funeral service for former running mate Sargent Shriver, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, Md. Shriver, a politician and social activist, took second place on the Democratic ticket with McGovern in 1972 after U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton withdrew. The team lost its bid. (Jan. 22, 2011)

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George McGovern sits in the cockpit of a
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George McGovern sits in the cockpit of a U.S. Army Air Force training plane after joining the military in the aftermath of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. McGovern flew in the European theater, and as a politician traced his adamant opposition to war to his experiences.

U.S. Sen. George S. McGovern waves to supporters
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U.S. Sen. George S. McGovern waves to supporters in 1984 at his campaign headquarters in Boston as results of the Massachusetts presidential preference primary were tallied. McGovern announced his intention to withdraw from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. (March 13, 1984)

The topic was heated during a 1984 campaign
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The topic was heated during a 1984 campaign for the Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, N.H. The debaters are, from left, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and former U.S. Sen. George McGovern. Both men later withdrew and the nominee was former Vice President Walter Mondale, who lost to President Ronald Reagan. (Feb. 23, 1984)

U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) joins in a
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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) joins in a three way handshake with Salvador Luria, left, a Nobel Laureate in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and physicist Harry Palevsky, of the Brookhaven National Laboratory, after the two scientists announced their support for his presidential campaign at a news conference in Boston. (Jan. 17, 1972)

U.S. Sen. George S. McGovern speaks during a
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U.S. Sen. George S. McGovern speaks during a meeting of a Democratic commission seeking to revamp national convention delegate selection procedures in Washington, D.C. With him is U.S. Sen. Fred Harris, of Oklahoma, the party's national chairman. (March 1, 1969)

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Rosalie Bryant holds her son, Gregory Michael, 2,
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Rosalie Bryant holds her son, Gregory Michael, 2, as she talks to Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) , and Sen. Jacob Javits (R-N.Y.) in Immokalee, Fla. (March 10, 1969)

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) arrives
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) arrives in New York City. (Aug. 12, 1968)

Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.), left, with Sen. Robert
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Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.), left, with Sen. Robert Dole (R-Kan.), are interviewed on ABC's "Issues and Answers" in Washington, D.C. (Aug. 23, 1970)

Presidential hopefuls pause for photographers after debating the
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Presidential hopefuls pause for photographers after debating the nuclear arms issue at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. They are, from left, U.S. Sen. John Glenn, former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, and former Vice President Walter Mondale. (Oct. 13, 1983)

U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D) holds up the
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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D) holds up the hand of his wife, Eleanor, and announces to the crowd gathered in downtown Syracuse, N.Y., that it is their 29th wedding anniversary. McGovern was campaigning for president. (Oct. 31, 1972)

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U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton, center, listens as presidential
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U.S. Sen. Thomas Eagleton, center, listens as presidential candidate, Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.), announces that Eagleton is stepping aside as his vice-presidential running mate. It had been revealed that Eagleton had taken treatment for mental issues. (Aug. 1, 1972)

Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) introduces social activist Sargent
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Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) introduces social activist Sargent Shriver as his new vice presidential running mate to the Democratic National Committee in Washington. Behind him are pictures of presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. (Aug. 9, 1972)

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) is
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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) is introduced during a Philadelphia campaign stop. (Sept. 21, 1971)

U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) is a guest
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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) is a guest on the CBS News program, "Face the Nation." At the time, McGovern was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. (May 28, 1972)

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) poses with
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U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) poses with former U.S. Sen. George McGovern. She was campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president and McGovern had been the nominee in 1972. Clinton was to speak during the Johnson County Democrats' barbecue in Iowa City, Iowa. (Oct. 6, 2007)

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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) rides in a
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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) rides in a Jeep driven by Cuban Premier Fidel Castro during the senator's visit to Cuba. (May 8, 1975)

U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) gives the keynote
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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) gives the keynote address during the National Welfare Rights Organization convention at Brown University in Providence, R.I. (July 30, 1971)

U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) makes a speech
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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) makes a speech during a visit to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. (Jan. 25, 1971)

Congressman George McGovern (D-S.D.) joins U.S. Sen. John
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Congressman George McGovern (D-S.D.) joins U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy on the campaign trail in Sioux Falls, S.D. Kennedy was campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. (June 1960)

This 1944 file photo provided by the McGovern
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This 1944 file photo provided by the McGovern family shows George McGovern when he received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) flies into Pierre,
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U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) flies into Pierre, S.D., to begin a four-day statewide campaign for Senate. He won, but was defeated in an effort for a fourth term in 1980. (March 25, 1974)

George McGovern, then a special presidential assistant, right,
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George McGovern, then a special presidential assistant, right, talks with President John F. Kennedy, at the White House. (Jan. 24, 1961)

Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern smiles during the
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Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern smiles during the dedication of the a library named for him and his wife, Eleanor, in Mitchell, S.D. Eleanor McGovern died a few months later. (Oct. 7, 2006)

Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. George McGovern, speaks
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Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. George McGovern, speaks to Local 1199, a hospital workers union, at the National Maritime Union Hall in Manhattan. (Oct. 4, 1972)

Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) testifies before
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Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.) testifies before the Congressional Progressive Caucus on a plan he helped craft for withdrawal from Iraq. A decorated World War II pilot, McGovern vociferously campaigned for peace. (Jan. 12, 2007)

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