George McGovern and me in Mitchell, June 2008, at the Obama Rally.
George McGovern was my introduction to politics when he was running for President of the United States in 1972 and I was a high school student. I knew little about government or politics but became engaged about some of the issues as our native son became the Democratic candidate for President. He stood then, as he always was, as the candidate for peace. His passion and commitment to that cause was always tempered by kindness and compassion, and he lived with a dedication to peace all of his life. I take great pleasure in having crossed paths with him; his brand of leadership is something we can all aspire to and hope for in our elected officials.