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  George McGovern
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Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Oct 21, 2012 11:08am
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AuthorThe Guardian
MediaNewspaper - Guardian
News DateSunday, October 21, 2012 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn the long roll-call of characters involved in the Watergate scandal, there is usually one curious omission – the name of the intended victim. This was Richard Nixon's Democratic opponent in the 1972 presidential election, George McGovern, who has died at the age of 90. To this day no one has ever satisfactorily explained why Nixon's campaign managers thought it necessary to bug the Democratic national committee or indulge in other shenanigans that eventually brought the nation's first presidential resignation. It was clear throughout that McGovern had ensured his own defeat long before he took to the hustings.

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