Michael Dukakis, Who Lost ’88 Presidential Race to Bush, Praises Former Political Rival

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Former Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis attends the HBO Documentary Films premiere of ''Addiction'' at the Hammer Museum on March 12, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Former Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis attends the HBO Documentary Films premiere of ”Addiction” at the Hammer Museum on March 12, 2007 in Westwood, California. (Credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election, says his former political foe’s greatest legacy was his efforts to help end the Cold War.

Dukakis told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the two men strongly disagreed on domestic policy. But he credits Bush with successfully negotiating with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Bush died Friday night at age 94.

Read more: The Life and Legacy of George H.W. Bush

Dukakis also praised Bush for working with other countries and the United Nations in the first Gulf War, calling him wise and thoughtful in international affairs.

Michael Dukakis waves to the audience during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta on July 21, 1988. (Credit: CHARLES UTZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Dukakis waves to the audience during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta on July 21, 1988. (Credit: CHARLES UTZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Dukakis blames himself for his election loss, saying he failed to respond aggressively to a Bush campaign ad featuring a convicted killer named Willie Horton who raped a woman and stabbed her partner while out of prison on a Massachusetts furlough program.

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