Black and white portrait of George McGovern sandwiched between red and white stripes between white text over blue background.
George McGovern was the democratic cadidate for US President in 1972. Prior to, and after, running for president, McGovern served as a US Representative for South Dakota's First District (1957-1961) and then a US Senator for South Dakota (1963-1981). In addition to supporting women's reproductive rights and the legalization of marijuana, he became the first US Congressman to speak out against the Vietnam War in 1963. In 1970, McGovern and Mark Hatfield, a democrat from Oregon, presented the McGovern-Hatfield Amendment to end military operations in Vietman by December 31, 1970. The amendment failed by nearly a two to one margin.
McGovern failed to gain traction with the American people, and lost the 1972 presidential election by a landslide to the Republican candidate Richard Nixon.