Obama: McGovern was war hero who championed peace

Obama: McGovern was war hero who championed peace

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POTOMAC, MD - JANUARY 22: Former presidential nominee and Sen. George McGovern arrives during the funeral service for Sargent Shriver at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church January 22, 2011 in Potomac, Maryland. Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., a politician and activist who was the first leader of the Peace Corps and was involved in other social programs, died this week at the age of 95. (Photo by Cliff Owen-Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George McGovern

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Associated Press

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 21 at 6:09 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the late Sen. George McGovern was "a statesman of great conscience and conviction" who "dedicated his life to serving the country he loved."

In a statement released Sunday, the president cites McGovern's distinguished World War II military service as "a decorated bomber pilot over the battlefields of Europe" and says in Congress "this hero of war became a champion for peace."

McGovern said he learned to hate war by waging it. In his disastrous 1972 presidential race against Richard Nixon, he promised to end the Vietnam War and cut defense spending by billions of dollars. He helped create the Food for Peace program.

McGovern died Sunday morning at the age of 90 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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