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Dukakis to Obama: Go after Romney

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Dukakis and his 1988 campaign as the Democratic nominee for president may not be remembered well by the public. But among fellow Democrats, the former governor of Massachusetts (1974-78, 1982-90) remains a popular and even beloved figure.

Making his way to his seat on the convention floor — where he is a delegate from the Bay State — the “Duke” was repeatedly mobbed by autograph seekers and old political friends. He did take a moment to chat with Human Events on the coming campaign. Asked what he wanted Obama to say in his acceptance speech, the 78-year-old Dukakis said without hesitation: “What I want him to do is go after Romney. He needs to remind the voters that under Romney, Massachusetts is fourth from the bottom among the states in job creation. I know Romney, all right.”

“He can make the case for his re-election by letting people know who Romney is and he’s the worst person to have in charge of the economy.”

After emerging from the ’88 Democratic National Convention with a lead of 17 percentage points over Republican George H.W. Bush, Dukakis saw his margin dwindle and eventually lost in a landslide to then-Vice President Bush. Two years after losing the presidency, Dukakis chose not to run for governor again amid a major business slump and bad economic times in his homestate.

When this reporter reminded him that the first Democratic convention he covered was that which nominated Dukakis in Atlanta 24 years ago, the former nominee smiled and said: “Yeah, I peaked in Atlanta.”

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Dukakis to Obama: Go after Romney

“He can make the case for his re-election by letting people know who Romney is and he’s the worst person to have in charge of the economy.”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Dukakis and his 1988 campaign as the Democratic nominee for president may not be remembered well by the public. But among fellow Democrats, the former governor of Massachusetts (1974-78, 1982-90) remains a popular and even beloved figure.

Making his way to his seat on the convention floor — where he is a delegate from the Bay State — the “Duke” was repeatedly mobbed by autograph seekers and old political friends. He did take a moment to chat with Human Events on the coming campaign. Asked what he wanted Obama to say in his acceptance speech, the 78-year-old Dukakis said without hesitation: “What I want him to do is go after Romney. He needs to remind the voters that under Romney, Massachusetts is fourth from the bottom among the states in job creation. I know Romney, all right.”

“He can make the case for his re-election by letting people know who Romney is and he’s the worst person to have in charge of the economy.”

After emerging from the ’88 Democratic National Convention with a lead of 17 percentage points over Republican George H.W. Bush, Dukakis saw his margin dwindle and eventually lost in a landslide to then-Vice President Bush. Two years after losing the presidency, Dukakis chose not to run for governor again amid a major business slump and bad economic times in his homestate.

When this reporter reminded him that the first Democratic convention he covered was that which nominated Dukakis in Atlanta 24 years ago, the former nominee smiled and said: “Yeah, I peaked in Atlanta.”

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on HumanEvents.com. Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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