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Family members confirming that former US senator George McGovern has died.
Presidential candidate was surrounded by family and friends when he passed away in South Dakota in the early morning hours.
He was ninety years old.
Fox news's Bret -- take a look back at McGovern polite and his legacy.
I love the United States.
I love it -- not so I wanna see some changes made.
The American people want to believe in their government.
Want to believe in their country and I'd like to be one of those that provides the kind of leadership that would help restore that kind of state.
George McGovern will long be remembered as an order for peace.
And the 1972 democratic nominee for president.
Who lost in a disastrous landslide to Richard Nixon but he's 22 year career in Washington was marked by massive improvements or rural Americans in -- and an increased awareness in the devastation of world hunger.
Did you grow up -- a great variety you can have little.
Verizon be the next year's going to be better you can live any other way.
-- from the plains state of South Dakota McGovern was a quiet kid who found his voice in the high school debate team.
-- award winning speeches would serve him well when he was sworn in as United States represented -- in 1957.
After a failed bid for the US senate in 1960.
-- became a special assistant to president John F.
He focused intensely on Kennedy's high priority.
Food for peace program which would operate in more than a dozen countries by the time -- -- left.
To run again for the senate in 1962.
He won this time and as a senator McGovern would become known for his growing contempt for the Vietnam War.
The first time guys vote against Vietnam -- It was then nine years old.
He's now nineteen he's never faced with the draft and never occurred to me when I started speaking out against that war that would someday catch my -- -- -- years later.
Voted in favor of the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution which essentially authorize military action in Vietnam and would regret -- bitterly.
As the years dragged on he would become more and more adamant that the solution for Vietnam was political and not military.
In fact by 1972 as McGovern accepted the democratic nomination for president.
At 3 AM is platform revolved around an appeal of withdrawal from Vietnam.
Come home on the come home so they affirmation.
That we haven't really.
Come home so they can -- I knew that we had 75 or eighty million people out there watching the convention during a horse play time.
I was probably lucky if I had two million people watching it 2:30 in the morning.
We did very well out in Guam as I recall we were I -- prime time out there that was about the only place where it was well.
-- helped me after Nixon brutally defeated.
And the general election McGovern lost his senate reelection bid and left congress in 1980 want.
A failed run for the democratic nomination and 84 saw him return to private life for good but he remained politically relevant.
As he moved in and out of different think tanks and served as an ambassador to the UN food program.
McGovern said politics was an -- -- state.
While he joked his political timing was off he strove to deepen that spiritual relationship with a country he loved until the day he done.
In Washington -- there.
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