Not much went right for Senator George McGovern after he won the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972. For years afterward, his overwhelming loss made him the butt of jokes — including his own. “Ever since I was a young man, I wanted to run for the presidency in the worst possible way,” he said later. “And I did.” Yet a fuller view of McGovern’s life shows there’s more to most candidates, especially losing candidates, than the stereotypes and political lore that grow up around them.
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