Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern died early Sunday in Sioux Falls. He ran for president in 1972, losing to President Richard Nixon in an historic landslide. McGovern was 90 years old.
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin issued the following statement after learning that his friend and colleague had passed away.
“George McGovern came from America’s heartland. He was a war hero who went on to win his party’s nomination for president. In his long and storied career in the Senate, there was no finer moment than when he joined with Sen. Bob Dole to pass the Food Stamp Act.
This was visionary legislation that represented the most important anti-hunger legislation in American history. It allowed tens of millions of the neediest people in this country to receive critical food assistance and it represented Midwestern values at their very best.
Today, Ruth and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire McGovern family.”