The Nation: McGovern on McGovern

PRESIDENTIAL Candidate George McGovern began his interview with LIFE Staff Writer Richard Meryman by describing a talk he had with Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley shortly after the 1968 election. Daley told McGovern: "Well, you know the candidate in ' 72 is probably going to be either young Kennedy or you." That comment, McGovern said, "made a big impression on me—and I believe he still thinks that." Soon after his talk with Daley, McGovern started seeking his party's nomination, although he thought Kennedy would have a better chance for the prize. "But I doubted, all things considered, that he'd run," McGovern added.

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