Eugene McCarthy Quotes

A collection of quotes by Eugene McCarthy.

Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005) was an American politician and poet. Born in Watkins, Minnesota, McCarthy served as a U.S. Congressman and later as a U.S. Senator from the state of Minnesota. He was a prominent figure in American liberal politics during the 1960s, particularly known for his opposition to the Vietnam War.

In 1967, McCarthy announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, challenging incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson. His anti-war campaign gained significant traction, particularly among college students and young voters, and led to Johnson's decision not to seek re-election in 1968. McCarthy's grassroots campaign inspired a new generation of voters who were critical of the government and its foreign policies.

Although McCarthy was ultimately unsuccessful in securing the Democratic nomination, his campaign played a pivotal role in reshaping the political landscape in the United States, fueling the rise of the anti-war movement and influencing subsequent presidential elections. McCarthy continued to be involved in political activism and ran for president again in 1972 and 1992. In addition to his political career, McCarthy was a published poet, known for incorporating existential themes into his work. Eugene McCarthy passed away in 2005 at the age of 89.