George McGovern

(George Stanley McGovern)

George McGovern
George McGovern
  • Born: July 19, 1922
  • Died: October 21, 2012
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









George Stanley McGovern was an American historian, author, U.S. representative, U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.

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… a system of national health insurance so that a worker can afford decent health care for himself and his family. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
A liberal doesn’t sell out to the special interests. Lobbying & Special Interests
Conservatives should be in power [only] when the country has no problems. Liberals & Conservatives
I assume that everyone here is impressed with my control of this convention as my choice for the vice president was challenged by only 39 other nominees. Political Parties & Machines
I don’t know what he was so angry about. He won…. If I had won, he would have been much better off. He would have been spared getting disgraced by Watergate. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I remember thinking that there was no problem that we [government] couldn't resolve. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I wouldn't want everything in my personal life spread on a billboard any more than anyone else would, because we've all had our escapades. Poverty
If an SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) system were to keep out ninety percent of incoming nuclear missiles, it would be a ninety percent success and most Americans would be dead. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
If we started prosecuting people for sin, we’d all be in jail. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
In politics its almost as big a sin to change your mind as it is to be wrong. Miscellaneous
It doesn't require any particular bravery to stand on the floor of the Senate and urge our boys in Vietnam to fight harder, and if this war mushrooms into a major conflict and a hundred thousand young Americans are killed, it won't be US Senators who die. It will be American soldiers who are too young to qualify for the senate. War & Peace
It is not possible to teach an entire generation to bomb and destroy others in an undeclared, unjustified war abroad without paying the price in the derangement of our own society. War & Peace
National security involves education for our children as well as silos for our missiles. Defense & National Security
Nixon would have been better off if I had won Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The free market should not include the right to pollute our environment. Environment & Environmentalism
The genius of American government consists of the creative tension between conservatives on the one hand and liberals on the other hand.. Liberals & Conservatives
The middle class is the group in this country that has been taken for a ride. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
There is a disturbing American tendency to overreact to certain ideological and military factors while overlooking issues of vastly greater relevance to our safety and well being. A civil insurrection in Santo Domingo or Vietnam is dramatic, but what is its significance compared with such quiet challenges as the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the surging of nationalism and social upheavals in the developing world, or the mounting crisis of hunger and population. Public Opinion & Polling
Truth is a habit of integrity, not a strategy of politics. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Truth is a habit of integrity—not a strategy of politics. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
We must … show that peace and prosperity can exist side by side. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
We opened the door of the Democratic party, and 30 million Democrats walked out. Political Parties & Machines
We seem bent on saving the Vietnamese from Ho Chi Minh, even if we have to kill them and demolish their country to do it. War & Peace
We were willing to support almost any scoundrel almost anywhere around the globe provided he was willing to wave an anti-Communist banner. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
As an American, I want our forces to prevail.
At least I have precluded the possibility of peaking too early.
Democrats believe that the federal government is not our enemy, it's our partner. Government
Empathy is born out of the old biblical injunction 'Love the neighbor as thyself.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Every once in a while, I run into somebody who tells me that she met her husband in my campaign or a husband who says, I met my wife. I have to tell you, I caused a few divorces too.
Everyone is exposed to economic risks of some kind.
For 50 years, the Republicans have been accusing the Democrats of being soft on national security.
From secrecy and deception in high places, come home, America. From military spending so wasteful that it weakens our nation, come home, America.
I always thought of myself as a good old South Dakota boy who grew up here on the prairie.
I always thought of myself as a moderate liberal, a fighter for peace and justice. I never thought of myself as being all that far out. War & Peace
I am 1,000 percent for Tom Eagleton and I have no intention of dropping him from the ticket.
I am a liberal and always have been - just not the wild-eyed character the Republicans made me out to be.
I am fed up with a system which busts the pot smoker and lets the big dope racketeer go free.
I did frequently refer to my war record in World War II, but not in any flamboyant way. War & Peace
I firmly believed throughout 1971 that the major hurdle to winning the presidency was winning the Democratic nomination. I believed that any reasonable Democrat would defeat President Nixon. I now think that no one could have defeated him in 1972.
I flew a full string of 35 combat missions over some of the most heavily defended targets in Europe. We were hitting Hitler's oil refineries, his tank factories, his aircraft factories, his railway yards. Those were our prime targets.
I have a very deep concern about President Obama putting in another 21,000 troops into Afghanistan with the promise of more to come.
I have to have a passion in my life. Life
I hope I live long enough to see every hungry school child in the world being fed under the so-called McGovern-Dole program. Hope
I hope someday we will be able to proclaim that we have banished hunger in the United States, and that we've been able to bring nutrition and health to the whole world. Hope ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I make one pledge above all others - to seek and speak the truth with all the resources of mind and spirit I command. Truth
I met my wife in South Dakota.
I move ahead, I live.
I never even had the time to read novels. Time
I seek the presidency because I believe deeply in the American promise and can no longer accept the diminishing of that promise.
I seek to call America home to those principles that gave us birth.
I suppose politicians have always wanted to get re-elected, but there's a kind of a feeling now that if you just discredit your opposition, it makes it easier for you to win. I don't think that's necessarily true.
I think it was my study of history that convinced me that the Democratic Party was more on the side of the average American. History
I think the country's getting disgusted with Washington partly because of the decline of civility in government. Government
I thought the Vietnam war was an utter, unmitigated disaster, so it was very hard for me to say anything good about it. War & Peace
I was the guy who was constantly speaking out against the Vietnam War. I have no regrets about that. War & Peace
I was tired. I hadn't slept eight hours in two, three years. I lived on four, five hours of sleep. You can do it during a campaign because thousands are screaming for you. You're getting adrenaline shots each day. Then the campaign ends, and there are no more shots.
I wish I had known more firsthand about the concerns and problems of American businesspeople while I was a U.S. senator and later a presidential nominee. That knowledge would have made me a better legislator and a more worthy aspirant to the White House. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I would not plan to base my campaign primarily on opposition to the war in the Persian Gulf. War & Peace
If you're Iran's minister of defense, I think you'd try to develop at least one nuclear weapon to save yourself from what happened to Iraq.
I'm a movie buff.
I'm constantly meeting people who said that they cast their first vote for me, or that they cut their eye teeth on the 1972 campaign, or that they didn't vote for me but admire my positions.
I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in. War & Peace
I'm what a normal, healthy, ideal American should be like.
It is not patriotic to commit young Americans to war unless our national security clearly requires it. War & Peace
It really is true that an orator is simply a good man who speaks well.
It's a tough thing, to know what to do about a war that deep in your gut you feel is wrong and yet watch your peers going off to fight in that war. War & Peace
It's nice not to have to worry about constituents.
I've come to realize that protecting freedom of choice in our everyday lives is essential to maintaining a healthy civil society. Society ;Freedom & Liberty
I've enjoyed myself 90 percent of the time. Time
My dad was a Methodist minister. Families, Children & Parenting
My father was a clergyman and always said: 'Hate the sin but love the sinner.' Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My heart does sometimes bleed for those who are hurting in my own country and abroad.
No man should advocate a course in private that he's ashamed to admit in public.
Now, I simply do what I want.
One of the sharp parallels is that neither Vietnam nor Iraq was the slightest threat to America's national security.
People didn't have the political guts to stand up against an American war. War & Peace
Politics is an act of faith; you have to show some kind of confidence in the intellectual and moral capacity of the public. Religion & God ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Somehow politicians have become convinced that negative campaigning pays off in elections.
The Establishment center... has led us into the stupidest and cruelest war in all history. That war is a moral and political disaster - a terrible cancer eating away at the soul of our nation. History ;War & Peace
The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The longer the title, the less important the job.
The truth is that I oppose the Iraq war, just as I opposed the Vietnam War, because these two conflicts have weakened the U.S. and diminished our standing in the world and our national security. Truth ;War & Peace
The whole campaign was a tragic case of mistaken identity.
There is a strong tendency in the United States to rally round the flag and their troops, no matter how mistaken the war. War & Peace
Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves, the right and the left are becoming ever more aggressive in regulating behavior.
Well, we ought to be stirred, even to tears, by society's ills. Society
When I was a youngster growing up in South Dakota, we never referred to the national debt, it was always referred to as the war debt because it stemmed from World War I. War & Peace
When I was in the war, I was lucky that I was in a plane and never saw the carnage close-up. War & Peace
When I was small, my most serious handicap was a painful bashfulness in the presence of strangers.
When you start one of these programs, school lunch programs, in a country that heretofore had nothing of that kind, immediately school enrollment jumps dramatically. Girls and boys get to the classroom with the promise of a good meal once a day.
You don't run for the presidency out of nostalgia.
You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing. Time