Jun 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel dies at 91

Mike Gravel

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Former Sen. Mike Gravel, who served Alaska as a Democrat from 1969-1981, died on Saturday, the AP reports.

Driving the news: Gravel was a noted anti-war politician, who led a filibuster against the Vietnam draft and read over 4,000 pages of the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional record.

  • Gravel ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, as a critic of the Iraq war, and in 2020, again on his anti-war ideas.
  • His campaign in 2020 gained prominence on social media after two teenagers recruited him to run, Politico reports.
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