Failed US presidential candidate Michael Dukakis warns Joe Biden not to take polls too seriously and says his current lead against Trump is no guarantee of success
- Michael Dukakis warned that this year’s polls should be “carefully” studied
- Former Massachusetts governor and failed presidential candidate said there is “no guarantee” that Biden will win despite his current lead
- Dukakis cited his own experiences in the 1988 presidential election against George HW Bush, which saw his numbers drop dramatically
Michael Dukakis warns Joe Biden not to take his current lead in the polls too seriously, citing his own slump in the 1988 presidential race as a precaution.
The suspected Democratic nominee is currently running President Trump 50-38, according to one Fox News poll, while data from Real Clear Politics shows that the former vice president is on average 8.8 percentage points ahead.
But Dukakis, who was in the same period during the 1988 presidential election against Republican opponent George HW Bush, has warned that those numbers do not guarantee victory in November.
“Especially this year, [polls] should be studied carefully, “he said Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam.
Former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis (left) has warned that Joe Biden’s current lead in the polls doesn’t necessarily mean success in November
Dukakis, who was the governor of Massachusetts, had a head start over Republican opponent George HW Bush in July 1988 before his numbers plummeted after a series of public blunders and bad press
“Biden can and should win, but being 50, no matter how weak your opponent, is no guarantee of success.”
The former Massachusetts governor had led Bush by a margin of 55-38 in July 1988, but his number declined only weeks later after a string of bad press, the Globe reported.
Among them was the now infamous photo of Dukakis wearing a helmet while on board a military tank, which was then used in an ad accusing him of being weak in his defense.
A second campaign ad telling the story of Massachusetts prisoner Willie Horton, who murdered a woman while on leave, portrayed Dukakis as soft for crime.
His assessments were really confused when then-President Ronald Reagan called him an “invalid” and questioned the candidate’s mental state – which has also become an issue for both Trump and Biden as they have been criticized for their mental sharpness.
President Trump is currently lagging behind Biden amid his approach to the coronavirus pandemic and his response to ongoing nationwide protests
Republican strategist and Trump campaign advisor Karl Rove said the president should take a new direction ahead of the RNC
Dukakis recalled “dropping eight points” the week the president made the comments.
“I never took those early polls seriously,” he told Beam.
Dukakis eventually lost the presidential election to Bush, who won 426 electoral votes for his 111.
He was previously Governor of Massachusetts from 1975 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1991.
Meanwhile, Trump’s position in the polls has declined during his treatment of the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests.
Speaking on Fox News on Friday, Republican strategist and Trump campaign advisor Karl Rove said the president needed to take a new direction before the Republican National Convention.