Dukakis Backs Hillary Clinton in Upcoming Election

CCB MEDIA PHOTO Former Governor Michael Dukakis talks with news anchor Charlie Gibson at the 30th Annual Pops by the Sea concert on Sunday.

Former Governor Michael Dukakis talks with news anchor Charlie Gibson at the 30th Annual Pops by the Sea concert on Sunday.

HYANNIS – Former Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis was on Cape Cod over the weekend to attend the 30th Annual Pops by the Sea concert in Hyannis.

Before the show, he talked politics with the Capecod.com Newscenter and focused on the upcoming presidential election and announced that he was formally supporting Hillary Clinton.

“I like her. I’ve known her for a long, long time and feel good about her,” he said.

Dukakis, who was the Democratic nominee in the 1988 presidential election, had some advice for the frontrunner.

“Be yourself and organize every one of the 50 states,” he said. “No exceptions. Forget about this red/blue stuff. Just go out there and really run a 50-state campaign.”

Dukakis said Democrats need to focus on getting their message out to all voters.

“It’s very important that, as Democrats, we make sure that people understand that we care about everybody,” he said. “Not just this slice and dice campaign stuff where you campaign exclusively in those states, where presumably, you are competitive. I don’t buy this.”

Dukakis said that he watched the first Republican debate last week and was not impressed with what he saw.

“That ‘Gong Show’ the other night was kind of appalling to tell you the truth,” he said. “As a democrat, obviously, I want a democrat to win and we are going to support Hillary but we got lots of work to do, notwithstanding whatever is going on on the other side.”

Dukakis said the differences between both sides are vast when it comes to domestic issues.

“Either we believe that working Americans and their families should have decent, affordable health care or we don’t,” he said. “We believe that when you get yourself into a terrible recession you work hard to get out of it.”

He believes foreign policy issues continue to get clearer.

“I don’t know whether Republicans want war with Iran or what?” he said. “I remember it was Secretary Gates who once said, and he was a Republican, that any secretary of defense who advised a president to get into another land war in the Middle East ought to have his head examined and I agree with him.”

Dukakis teaches full-time at the Northeastern University and teaches for three months during the winter at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“I love teaching and we are producing wonderful kids and they want to go into public service,” Dukakis said.

Dukakis said he hopes to connect North and South Station by rail and he is also involved with the Obama administration to try and help Greece, which has fought against austerity terms demanded by creditors.

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