South Dakota Senator, and presidential candidate George McGovern who died yesterday at the age of 90 has deep ties to Illinois. While a student at Northwestern University, he became a fan of Franklin Roosevelt, despite his early upbringing as a Republican, and in 1952, after hearing a speech by Adlai Stevenson II, dedicated himself to the Bloomington man's bid for the presidency. In 2007 he came to central Illinois and spoke out against the war in Iraq. In a GLT interview, McGovern decried the price of war:
McGovern said President George W. Bush was guilty of impeachable offenses for drawing the nation into the war, but didn't think he'd ever be tried because there was no heart in the country for an impeachment.
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