10.21.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Death Of Former Senator George McGovern (D-S.D.)

"He was an authentic American original.  He was a brave hero of World War II, flying far more dangerous missions than he was required to.  He loved his country and he hewed to all the greatness that his country and its people have to offer. He gave his voice to those without voice or clout in the halls of policymaking.  He challenged the conventional wisdom during a difficult period in our history when many lives might have been spared if his wisdom had been heeded.

"After he left the Senate, I had the honor and pleasure of working with George McGovern and with another modern-era hero, Bob Dole, on a groundbreaking program to simultaneously help address world hunger and childhood education, modeled on the hugely successful American school lunch program.

"Anyone searching for an icon of public service and American idealism in action need look no further than George McGovern and his example to us all."

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