Former Massachusetts Governor and one-time Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis said Thursday that he thinks President Obama will win next week’s presidential election.
Dukakis, who lost the presidency to then Vice-President George Bush in a 1988 landslide, told an audience at Harvard University that he thinks Obama will narrowly defeat Republican nominee Mitt Romney, The Harvard Crimson reported.
“I think the president is going to win, but this is a very, very tight race,” Dukakis said at an event sponsored by the school’s Institute of Politics.
Dukakis went on to praise Obama for his signature national healthcare plan, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“Truman tried it; Nixon tried it; Clinton tried it; Obama did it,” he said, according to The Crimson.
He further advocated for regulations on health care costs as a way to keep Medicare solvent, and expressed concerns about American foreign policy.
“The notion that the U.S. is the world’s policeman is badly flawed. We’re not doing it very well, and in any event we can’t afford it,” he reportedly said, instead advocating for a focus on international court systems and peace-keeping bodies.
“[This election is all about choosing the president] who will create a future that all of us can feel good about,” Dukakis said.
In 1988, Dukakis won ten states and the District of Columbia. Bush won 40 states and 426 electoral votes, to Dukakis’ 111.