Senator George McGovern

One of the most personally rewarding experiences I have had was interviewing Senator George McGovern, for whom I was a campaign worker in 1972 at age 12.


Senator McGovern was kind enough to join us just before the last presidential election in 2008.  


He was the Democratic Party nominee for President in 1972.  He served in the House of Representatives from 1957-61 and as a Senator for 18 years representing South Dakota.  He was President of the MIddle East Policy Council in Washington D.C. for six years and Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies on Food and Agriculture under President Clinton.  As a bomber pilot in WWII, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Humanitarian Service.


He holds a PH.D. in History from Northwestern University and has been a visiting professor at some 15 universities in the US and internationally.  He is the author of 12 books and numerous artlces, the most recent at the time of the interview being Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now


Below is a link to an interview David Rapaport conducted with Senator McGovern:



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Website for Senator George McGovern's Center


FINDING SOURCES-Senator George McGovern on the War in Iraq

  • What does Senator McGovern think of the US role in Iraq?
  • What does Senator McGovern say about the use of torture to obtain information by the Bush Administration?
  • What does Senator McGovern say when people ask him about whether he is "supporting the troops" when he talks about having the American armed forces leave Iraq?
  • Why did Senator McGovern say "(Vice-President) Cheney is the worst of the bunch in terms of betraying American principles and American ideals."  Do you agree?