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Clinton: Shriver was an idealist in troubled times

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton says R. Sargent Shriver was courageous and idealistic during one of the country's most turbulent times.

Clinton said at Shriver's funeral Mass on Saturday that the Peace Corps pioneer was idealistic during the 1960s and 1970s, when the country dealt with the civil rights struggle and Vietnam War.

Clinton recalled the 1972 presidential campaign, when Shriver was former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern's running mate. Hey says even though President Richard Nixon was likely to win re-election, Shriver held his head high throughout the difficult campaign.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl (wurl) of the Archdiocese of Washington delivered the homily, telling Shriver's grandchildren to live with the same courage and fortitude as their grandparents. Wuerl urged the grandchildren to "rejoice in the heritage he has given to you."

Meanwhile, Shriver's children are encouraging mourners not to see the world as broken and jaded, but to see it as he did as filled with potential.

Shriver, known as "Sarge," died Tuesday at age 95.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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