McGovern celebrated as ‘conscience’ for nation

Published: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Family members place the casket of former Democratic U.S. Senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern onto a hearse Friday before being transported to the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, S.D., for the funeral service. McGovern died Sunday in his native South Dakota at age 90.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three former Democratic presidential candidates paid personal respects Friday to George McGovern, whose 1972 campaign for president galvanized the party’s liberal wing and ushered in a new generation of political activism.

Walter Mondale, John Kerry and Gary Hart – who like McGovern all spent time in the Senate before unsuccessful runs for the White House – led a crowd of hundreds of mourners. Hart, McGovern’s campaign manager in 1972, was the only one of the three to speak at the funeral.

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