George McGovern: Statue to be moved from US Capitol

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President, governor and senator George McGovern

Image copyright AP Image caption Meryl Streep portrays McGovern in the film

The statue of former US Democratic presidential candidate and Senator George McGovern is to be moved to the state capitol building in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Mr McGovern was the 1960 Democrat candidate, but lost to Republican Richard Nixon.

The monument, which hangs from the Capitol dome, will be dedicated at a State of the State speech next week, ahead of March’s centenary of the former US senator’s birth.

The doves are going to bring peace to the Land of Enchantment! #MiteingGovernor @SDLegGov https://t.co/pTrfzeQpmq — Governor Dennis Daugaard (@SDGovernor) January 4, 2018

“People here will know we have a senator of South Dakota here who really supported this state,” President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka tweeted in support of the move.

Mr McGovern, who died in 2007 aged 90, was born in suburban Omaha, Nebraska. He attended Harvard, where he met his wife Eleanor, from Stuttgart, Germany.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A family member readies the statue for the President, governor and senator walk into the Capitol building in Sioux Falls

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Democrat George McGovern, who lost to Republican Richard Nixon in 1960, is laid to rest in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

He was elected to the US Senate from South Dakota in 1952, served there until 1957 and was briefly vice-president in 1968.

He lost in the 1972 race for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, in which he was poised to win until the Watergate scandal in 1972 revealed he was aware of the CIA’s plan to wiretap some of his key campaign contributors.

He ran again, in 1976, but lost again. He remained in the Senate until his death.

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