Kan nogen huske George McGovern? Ikke, den demokratiske senator fra South Dakota var sit partis præsidentkandidat i 1972, et valg hvor han fik en ordentlig endefuld af Richard Nixon!
McGovern der nu er 84 år gammel, var på besøg hos Larry King i går og herfra stamme følgende ordveksling.
KING: Was he a good president?
MCGOVERN: Yes, I think he was. There's a consensus in the country that we've heard the last few days, from Republicans and Democrats, liberals, conservatives, those in the middle -- I think he perhaps now has earned the title unifier in chief. He's probably done a better job of pulling all the various elements of American politics together than any other person I know. And he deserves high marks for that.
KING: Are you surprised -- go ahead. I'm sorry. Go ahead.
MCGOVERN: I have to tell you something I've never said before publicly. I voted for him in 1976.
MCGOVERN: When he -- yes, I did. And at Thanksgiving dinner that year, I never said anything about this to Eleanor or to her five children. But I told them at Thanksgiving time I had voted for President Ford, even though he lost. And I told them why, because I thought he had come in at a difficult time. I didn't know President Carter very well then. And I just felt more comfortable somehow with Gerry Ford. Whereupon my wife Eleanor said, so did I vote for him.
We went around that table -- this is hard to believe -- all five of my kids voted for him. So they get seven votes out of the McGovern family for President Ford and Senator Dole, my long-time Republican friend.
I voted for Carter again in 1980. So with my brand of political luck, I voted against Carter when he won, I voted for him when he lost. But I can justify both of those votes.