Sen. George McGovern—the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972—died Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
He was 90.
McGovern—who stood out for his liberal views and opposition to the Vietnam War—served in the House of Representatives from 1957-1961 and in the U.S. Senate from 1963-1981. He was also a decorated bomber pilot in World War II.
McGovern gained the national spotlight when he became the Democratic Party's presidential nominee against Richard Nixon. However, McGovern won just 17 electoral votes in the presidential election.
Richard M. Nixon's two surviving daughters today expressed sadness and respect for Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate their father beat in a 1972 landslide.
The Nixon Library in Yorba Linda issued the statement for Tricia Nixon Cox, of New York City, and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, of Devon, Penn.
``Although he and our father were political rivals, they had much in common: a deep love of country; an abiding passion for the issues about which they cared; an unwavering commitment to serve the American people.
``Over the course of his long and productive career, George McGovern earned the respect of Americans around the country and across the political spectrum.
``We extend to his family and friends our deepest sympathy.''
In a statement, President Barack Obama said McGovern "dedicated his life to serving the country he loved."
He is survived by his three daughters and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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- City News Service contributed to this report.