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Michael Stanley Dukakis is the former Governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Unfortunately, he lost to then-incumbent Republican Vice President George H. W. Bush.

1988 election

By 1986, the White House was in a full-blown scandal. The Iran-Contra Affair revealed that President Ronald Reagan had sold weapons to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. The administration then illegally used the proceeds of the arms sale to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress. The Iran-Contras angered many Americans, including Michael Dukakis. It was Iran-Contra that made him consider running for the White House.

By 1988, Dukakis, the son of Greek immigrants, was already in his third term as Governor of Massachusetts and Massachusetts was doing well despite Reagan's recessions. When he became Governor, there was double-digit unemployment. By 1988, Massachusetts was one of the most successful economies in the country.

On April 29, 1987, Dukakis announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President.

"Today, a son of Greek immigrants named Mike Dukakis announces his candidacy for President of the United States."- Mike Dukakis


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