- McGovern ran for president in 1972 against Richard Nixon
- He served three terms in the Senate, representing South Dakota
- No details were released about his condition
(CNN) — Former presidential nominee and Sen. George McGovern has been admitted to a hospice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a spokeswoman for the facility said Monday.
“The family of Sen. McGovern wishes to extend their gratitude and appreciation for the many prayers and well wishes and requests complete privacy at this time,” said Lindsey Meyers, spokeswoman for Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center.
McGovern, 90, is best known for his unsuccessful 1972 campaign for president as the Democratic nominee against incumbent Republican Richard Nixon.
He represented South Dakota in the U.S. Senate and House before and after his presidential campaign, leaving the daily foray of politics after losing his 1980 bid for a fourth Senate term.
McGovern has remained active since, including an appointment by then-President Bill Clinton as an ambassador to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and a 2001 appointment as the U.N.’s first global ambassador for hunger.
CNN’s Carma Hassan contributed to this story.