To Mark Birthday, McGovern To Jump From Plane

Former President George H.W. Bush has jumped out of planes so many times to celebrate his birthday — most recently his 85th — it's hardly news. But a former presidential candidate merits some attention for making his first jump on his 88th birthday. George McGovern flew dozens of missions in World War II as a fighter pilot, so Monday's tandem leap is hardly scary. McGovern says his only worry is remembering to pull the parachute cord.

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Former President George H.W. Bush has jumped out of planes so many times to celebrate his birthday - most recently his 85th - it's hardly news. But a former presidential candidate merits some attention for making his first jump on his 88th birthday. George McGovern flew dozens of missions in World War II, he says that was scary. McGovern says his only worry about today's tandem leap is remembering to pull the parachute cord.

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