October 18, 2012

Ex-Sen. McGovern 'no longer responsive'

The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The family of ex-U.S. Sen. George McGovern says the 90-year-old is "no longer responsive" in hospice care.

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In this April 18, 2009, file photo former Sen. George McGovern delivers remarks at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Ann McGovern, the former senator's daughter, said Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, it's a blessing that she and other family members are able to surround her father as he declines in hospice care in South Dakota. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

McGovern's family issued a statement Wednesday afternoon through Avera McKennan Hospital.

His daughter, Ann McGovern, earlier told The Associated Press that her father is "nearing the end" and appears restful and peaceful. She says it's a blessing that she and other family members are able to be with him.

McGovern was the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a historic landslide. He was a member of the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and a U.S. senator from 1963 to 1981, and considered a leader in his party's liberal wing during that time.

In recent years, he turned his focus to world hunger.

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