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        Michael Dukakis | 16 for '16 - The Contenders

        Some call the 1988 campaign the dirtiest in history. This collection examines how Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis struggled to define himself to the American people in the face of the negative ads, gaffes, and other obstacles that eventually defined his candidacy.

        Learn more with the resources below, including timelines, clips, the full episode, and support materials.

        Go back to the 16 for '16 - The Contenders LearningMedia collection to learn about other historic candidates.

        Michael Dukakis: Interactive Timeline

        Click the image to use the interactive timeline and read about Michael Dukakis' 1988 campaign for the presidency and a death-bed apology from Lee Atwater for the campaign tactics used against him.

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        Michael Dukakis: Dukakis and the American Flags

        Learn more about how Dukakis's adversaries tried to paint him, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Michael Dukakis: Dukakis, the Tank, and Willie Horton

        Learn more about the two greatest implosions in the Dukakis campaign, in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Michael Dukakis: The Legacy of Dukakis on Crime

        Learn more about the ramifications of Dukakis' failed campaign in this clip from "The Contenders."

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        Michael Dukakis: Episode

        Dukakis appeared to be an unorthodox presidential candidate in 1988. But he had a reputation as an efficient administrator who had architected the “Massachusetts Miracle”. Heading out of the Democratic Convention in July 1988, Dukakis led his Republican rival George H.W. Bush by 17 points.

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