Black and white portrait of George McGovern sandwiched between red and white stripes between white text over blue background.
George McGovern was the Democratic nominee for President in 1972, losing to incumbent Richard Nixon in a landslide. Before running for president, McGovern represented South Dakota in the House of Representatives from 1957 to 1961 and served in the Senate from 1962 to 1968. McGovern vocally opposed the Vietnam war and his campaign primarily ran on the promotion of peace. McGovern, a self-described liberal, saw the human costs of war firsthand as a bomber pilot in World War II and continued to actively oppose foreign conflicts after his retirement from politics.