George McGovern: A Historical Perspective

George McGovern: A Historical Perspective

George McGovern may be best known for losing one of the most lopsided presidential races in history, but he left an enduring impact on Washington -- and on a generation of politicians who followed him.

Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic Party's presidential candidate in 1972, died this past weekend at age 90. McGovern is probably best known for losing to President Richard Nixon in a lopsided contest -- in which McGovern only won Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. But the senator from South Dakota left an enduring impact on Washington and the generation of politicians who followed him. We examine McGovern's legacy.

Guests

David Greenberg

Associate Professor of History, Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers University; "History Lesson" writer, Slate.com

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