Michael Dukakis 1988 presidential campaign facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsDukakis for President
|Campaign||1988 U.S. presidential election|
|Status||Lost election: November 8, 1988|
|Key people||Susan Estrich (campaign manager)|
|Slogan||We’re on your side
Good jobs at good wages
Because the Best America has yet to Come
After winning the nomination, he became the Democratic Party's nominee at the party's convention in Atlanta, Georgia on July 21, 1988. He lost the 1988 election to his Republican opponent George H. W. Bush, who was the sitting Vice President at the time.
Dukakis won 10 states and the District of Columbia, receiving a total of 111 electoral votes compared to Bush's 426 (Dukakis would have received 112, but one faithless elector who was pledged to him voted for Bentsen for president and Dukakis for vice president instead out of protest). Dukakis received 46% of the popular vote to Bush's 54%.
Many commentators blamed Dukakis' loss on the embarrassing photograph of him in a tank taken on September 13, 1988. Much of the blame was also laid on Dukakis' campaign, which was criticized for being poorly managed despite being well funded.
He would have been the first Greek American President.
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