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Vote your conscience : the last campaign of George McGovern
Marano, Richard Michael, 1960-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2003]

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xiv, 272 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The new right and the old paranoia: senate defeat -- The decision to run: quixotic or common sense? -- This land is your land: the press reaction -- On the road again: hoping lightning strikes twice -- The McGovern platform: realism and common sense -- This land is my land: Iowa -- Running on a shoestring: New Hampshire -- Super Tuesday: Massachusetts or bust -- The peacemaker: emergence of an elder statesman.
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One of the great ironies of American politics is that George McGovern, one of the most misinterpreted and misunderstood men ever to seek the presidency, was also perhaps one of the most intelligent and far-sighted. Sadly, he is generally remembered for his landslide defeat to Richard Nixon in the 1972 presidential contest. The stigma of that defeat has often overshadowed McGovern's otherwise influential and respectable career in politics. Richard Michael Marano shows that despite his infamous defeat, McGovern--very much a man of high principles--stood tall and spoke his conscience when he decided in 1983 that he would again run for the presidency. While his candidacy was at first seen by many as a pathetic attempt by a political has-been to relive past glories, McGovern quickly proved his critics wrong by running a solid, admirable campaign.

In an era of conservatism, McGovern offered the American voter a clear alternative to the politics of Ronald Reagan, and his campaign helped guide the Democratic candidates onto a platform based on substantive issues and common sense ideas. Marano, a McGovern activist in the Connecticut campaign, provides an inside, yet detailed and documented, account of McGovern's last play on the national stage and all that went into it. This book is an in-depth analysis of the 1984 Democratic campaign, as well as a detailed discussion of George McGovern's common sense program for America.

Author Notes

Richard Michael Marano is a board-certified criminal trial attorney who practices law in Waterbury, Connecticut

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: A Visit with the Ghost of Elections Pastp. 1
1 The New Right and the Old Paranoia: Senate Defeatp. 21
2 The Decision to Run: Quixotic or Common Sense?p. 45
3 This Land Is Your Land: The Press Reactionp. 55
4 On the Road Again: Hoping Lightning Strikes Twicep. 63
5 The McGovern Platform: Realism and Common Sensep. 85
6 This Land Is My Land: Iowap. 107
7 Running on a Shoestring: New Hampshirep. 129
8 Super Tuesday: Massachusetts or Bustp. 151
9 The Peacemaker: Emergence of an Elder Statesmanp. 185
1984 Democratic Primaries and Caucusesp. 203
The New Realism: A Revival of the Old Common Sensep. 205
Address by Senator George McGovern to the Democratic National Conventionp. 213