"When he entered the race nearly a year ago he had the courage to say that as President he would probably have to raise taxes. And he never recovered from his courage."
-- ABC's Peter Jennings on Babbitt's withdrawal from the race, World News
Tonight, February 18.
"Jesse Jackson toured Chicago and brought tears and excitement wherever he went. Watch him as he walks to the Robert Taylor project, home of some of this city's poorest people. They gave him what they had, they gave him love. This week Jackson has been king. Greeted like a rock star, in a campaign more emotional, perhaps, than Robert Kennedy's in 1968."
-- Reporter Bruce Morton, CBS Evening News, March 15.
"Dukakis is a centrist."
-- Los Angeles Times reporter Robert Scheer on The McLaughlin
Group, weekend of June 11.
"Dukakis would junk SDI, MX missiles"
-- Washington Times, June 15
"Dukakis Adopts Centrist Stance: On National Security Policy, He Seeks to Reassure Establishment"
-- Washington Post, on same speech, next day
"George Bush wants to convince voters that Michael Dukakis is a big spender who will raise taxes, coddle criminals, and disarm America. In other words, a 'liberal.' But does the dreaded 'L' word stick to Dukakis? Probably not."
-- Newsweek table of contents summary of lead story in the July 4 issue.
"Not only is the campaign getting stale, it's getting a little gruesome, and Dukakis may be sending the wrong message. He may be convincing voters the issue is: 'Do you vote for Bush and hope he lives, or Dukakis and hope he doesn't?'"
-- CNN political analyst Frederick Allen, October 11.
"Obviously, I am for Dukakis."
-- Convicted murderer Willie Horton in USA Today, October 19.