George McGovern spoke at the Nixon Library in 2009.George McGovern spoke at the Nixon Library in 2009.

Senator George McGovern, 1922-2012

    Senator George McGovern, President Nixon’s Democratic opponent in the 1972 election, has passed away. The following is a statement from President Nixon’s daughters, Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower:

    We were sorry to hear of the passing of Senator George McGovern. Although he and our father were political rivals, they had much in common: a deep love of country; an abiding passion for the issues about which they cared; an unwavering commitment to serve the American people. Over the course of his long and productive career, George McGovern earned the respect of Americans across the country and across the political spectrum. We extend to his family and friends our deepest sympathy.