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Dukakis slams Romney

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Previewing a message he plans to bring to Charlotte, former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis on Wednesday slammed the record of one his successors, Republican Mitt Romney.

“For us to watch this guy go out and tell people he’s going to transform the economy is a joke,” said Dukakis.

“The only thing he’s got going for him is ‘I’m a businessman and I understand the economy.’ We heard the same things from him when he ran for governor. The notion that this guy is qualified to lead us based on our experience here (in Massachusetts) is ludicrous.”

Dukakis, who lost the 1988 presidential race to Republican George H.W. Bush, plans to share that message with the media and delegates at next month’s convention.

Dukakis said his state ranked fourth from the bottom in job creation under Romney.

The website PolitiFact, which checks political claims, found that Massachusetts ranked 47th in job growth during Romney’s tenure, though it said governors have negligible impacts on state economies.

It also found that job growth was on the rise and in the middle of the rankings by the time Romney left office in 2007.

“Massachusetts was a turnaround story under Governor Romney,” said spokesman Robert Reid. “During his four years as governor, Massachusetts had the sixth-best improvement in job growth rank of any state, rising from 51st in his first year to 30th.…”

A survey released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm, showed that just 39 percent of Massachusetts voters have a favorable opinion of Romney while 55 percent have an unfavorable one. President Barack Obama leads the former governor by 16 points in his home state.

Dukakis, who teaches at Northeastern University, also is promoting the school’s online course module on the history of political conventions. The Boston school has a branch campus in uptown Charlotte.

The online course is available at: http://conventions.cps.neu.edu/.

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