McGovern reveals real reason for Obama endorsement switch
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee and longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, revealed on Friday a key reason why he switched his support in this year’s primary election from the former first lady to Barack Obama.
McGovern, 85, told an Obama rally with some 7,000 people in South Dakota that he shifted allegiance because the Illinois senator had an insurmountable lead in the nomination race.
But that wasn’t the only reason.
“I have three daughters and one son and 10 grandchildren, and after I endorsed Senator Clinton, all 14 of them enlisted in the Obama campaign,” he said, joking that that showed the measure of influence he had in his own home.
McGovern said the Clintons would remain treasured friends and praised them for having “worked their hearts out” for his own 1972 presidential bid.
Now, however, was the time to coalesce around Obama, who is leading in votes and delegates required to determine the party’s White House nominee to face Republican John McCain in the November election, he said.
- Photo credit: Reuters/Andy Clark (McGovern at a reunion of Vietnam War draft dodgers in Castlegar, British Columbia, July 8, 2006)