McGovern was born in South Dakota in 1922, was an Army pilot in WWII, holds a PhD in history, and served in the U.S. House from 1956-1960. He was then director of Kennedy's Food for Peace Program, prior to serving in the US Senate from 1962-1980. In 1970 he proposed an amendment to withdraw all US troops from Vietnam. In 1969 he chaired a commission that restructured the Democratic Party's primaries and caucuses. In 1972 he was nominated for president on a platform of withdrawing all troops, cutting military spending by 37%, and guaranteeing a minimum income to every American. Nixon's dirty tricks during the campaign included the Watergate break-in. McGovern's running mate became a scandal that hurt his chances. And Bob Novak, who's still destroying anything good he can today, wrote that McGovern stood for amnesty, abortion, and acid. From 1998 to 2001 McGovern was US Ambassador to the UN Food and Agricuture Agencies. In 2006 he opened the McGovern Center and he co-authored the latest of several books he has authored on peace and food: "Out of Iraq: A Practical Plan for Withdrawal Now," coauthored by William R. Polk. On January 6, 2008, McGovern's pro-impeachment op-ed was printed in the Washington Post.