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Surname 1 Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Political Science: US Open-Seat Presidential Elections in 1988 The United States Presidential election of November 8, 1988, was an open seat election in which George W. Bush won the Republican seat against his competitor Governor Michael Dukakis. This election was the first open seat election after sixteen years where no incumbent president was looking forward to renomination and reelection. The Democrats won one seat for the Senate positions and captured four Republican seats that comprised of one open seat in Virginia and three seats belonging to the incumbents in Nevada, Connecticut, and Nebraska. The Republicans, on the other hand, defeated the Democrats by capturing open seats in Florida, Mississippi, and Montana. According to Polsby, 187, the Republicans were seeking a potential candidate who could match the leadership qualities, stature, and electability of the former Republican President Ronald Reagan. Bush organized an aggressive campaign that capitalized on a stable international stage and a promising economy; he also used Reagan’s popularity to win the votes of the Republicans. However, Dukakis, on the other hand, suffered from many obstacles including the failure to defend itself against the attacks from Bush. Therefore, Bush had full support from President Reagan, and he promised the Republicans to embrace what President Reagan practiced and to further any developments that President Reagan would leave underway when his term ends.
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Surname 2 Bush pledged to continue practicing and leading the people using the policies that Reagan used since he had gained much experienced after Reagan delegated most of his duties to him due to his advanced age that prevented him from running most errands efficiently. The Republicans believed that Bush, being the vice president to Reagan had gained much experience that qualified him to be the next President. The campaigns by Bush also, sought of portrayed Dukakis as Massachusetts liberal Dukakis proudly responded to this allegations by saying that he was a proud liberal and that the portrayal was not anything bad to affect America. Dukakis also ruined his public reputation by posting a picture of him while he rode in an M1 tank as he stuck his helmeted head out, smiling and waving to the crowd. The Bush campaigners used this photo against Dukakis suggesting that he was not a good commander-in-chief. During his speeches, Bush appealed to the Republicans that he would not let down the support he had from Reagan and that he stressed the successes of President Reagan’s regime saying that he had the ability and strength to continue building on the successes of Reagan (Polsby, 112). Bush assured the Americans that his years of public service and his military service in the World War II were of importance to him and that he had the experience to lead the nation and be the commander-in-chief. Bush stressed that he needed a calmer and a gentler nation that would support his struggle to make America the best country. The promises that he
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