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McGovern touts legacy of liberalism in America
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Conservative politics may be ascendant in America, but the world needs liberal leadership to move ahead, former Sen. George McGovern told a packed lunch crowd in Missoula on Friday.

Missoula World Affairs Council president Mark Johnson introduced McGovern to about 160 people at the City Club, noting that the retired senator and 1972 Democratic nominee for president was still working on anti-hunger campaigns worldwide. snip

"I'm a Democrat and a liberal," McGovern said, adding, "I'm sure I wasn't just revealing a secret. And I'm the worst kind of liberal - a bleeding-heart liberal."

That said, he went on to claim there was no government program now embraced by both political parties that wasn't started on the liberal side of the aisle. He ticked off Medicare, rural electrification, environmental safeguards and civil rights among the accomplishments. He acknowledged that President Eisenhower, a Republican, started the interstate highway system, but noted that all the liberals voted for it.

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