SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Vice President Joe Biden says George McGovern should be remembered as the “father of the modern Democratic Party,” saying the former South Dakota senator helped open the party to women, young people and minorities.
Biden spoke during a prayer service Thursday night in Sioux Falls honoring the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate, who lost in a historic landslide to President Richard Nixon.
Biden says McGovern inspired generations of party leaders and activists, noting that it was McGovern who inspired him to run for Senate in 1972.
The vice president also said McGovern had “political gumption” when he told his fellow senators in a historic 1970 speech that the chamber “reeks with blood” because of the many young men dying in the Vietnam War.
McGovern died Sunday surrounded by family. He was 90.
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