Monday, October 22, 2012

George McGovern 1922 – 2012

Former U.S. Senator, D – South Dakota and 1972 Democratic presidential nominee, George McGovern died Saturday October 13, 2012.

He was 90.

McGovern, was defeated in the landslide re-election of incumbent President Richard Nixon in 1972,

A harsh critic of the Vietnam War, McGovern only carried the State of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia by the greatest plurality in history.

Burglars working for Nixon’s Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP), were arrested June 17, 1972, while planting electronic listening devices in the National Democratic Party Headquarters in the Watergate office and hotel complex.

The Watergate scandal was not widely reported until after the election and would lead to the resignation of Nixon. A number of his White House and campaign staff were: indicted, convicted, and sentenced for numerous crimes.

These pictures were taken during a June 5, 1972, McGovern primary campaign stop at Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque.

Senator Fred Harris, D-Okla., left, sits with 1972 McGovern and Rep. Morris K. Udall, D-Ariz., at a press conference at the Hacienda Restaurant in Old Town.

Harris, now a New Mexican had also been a primary candidate in 1972 receiving two electoral votes.

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