Updated 10/21/2012 02:28 PM
Former Presidential Candidate George McGovern Dies At 90
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Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate George McGovern died Sunday at age 90.
A family spokesman tells the Associated Press that McGovern died today at a hospice in Sioux Falls, S.D.
McGovern was elected to the Senate in 1962 and represented South Dakota for three terms.
He ran for president three times, winning the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972.
Despite the Watergate break-in, Republican President Richard Nixon won re-election in one of the biggest landslides in modern history.
During World War II, McGovern served as a bomber pilot.
As a senator, McGovern became an early critic of the Vietnam War and a leader among liberal Democrats.
After his years in the Senate, McGovern led initiatives to fight world hunger.
President Barack Obama says in part in a statement, "George was a statesman of great conscience and conviction, and Michelle and I share our thoughts and prayers with his family."
Senator Charles Schumer told NY1, "George McGovern was somebody who came from the heartlands, right from the corn belt in South Dakota, and always had the best of American values."
Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton, who met McGovern during his 1972 campaign, released a joint statement that says in part, "We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend George McGovern. The world has lost a tireless advocate for human rights and dignity."
In 2000, then-President Bill Clinton awarded McGovern the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.