October 22, 2012 The opposition to the Vietnam War was young, unconventional, countercultural and suspicious of government. McGovern himself was none of these things. At the time of his presidential nomination in 1972, the two-term Democratic senator was a decorated World War II veteran who had spent most of his adult life in politics.
October 16, 2012 Now 90, he ran against President Nixon. The Republican incumbent, though, enjoyed one of the biggest landslides in U.S. history. In recent years, McGovern has been active in efforts to end hunger around the world.