'Richard Nixon challenger' George McGovern dies aged 90

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 22, 2012 06:10 hrs

Former U.S. Senator George McGovern, who stood as the Democratic presidential candidate against Richard Nixon in 1972, has died at the age of 90.

McGovern's family said he was in a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and slipped out of consciousness three days ago.

"We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace," his family said in a statement on Sunday.

McGovern was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, but lost to Nixon by a landslide.

According to the BBC, paying tribute, President Barack Obama described him as "a statesman of great conscience and conviction".

McGovern was first elected to Congress in 1956.

His bid for the presidency in 1972 was marred by what later emerged as a dirty-tricks campaign by President Nixon's re-election committee, including the break-in at Democratic National Headquarters in the Watergate Hotel, in Washington DC, the report said. (ANI)

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