That's The Ticket:
A Parade of Presidential Elections
|Presidential candidate:||GEORGE H. W. BUSH, Vice President|
|VP candidate:||DAN QUAYLE, Indiana Senator|
|Popular votes:||48,886,097 (53.4%)|
|Presidential candidate:||Michael Dukakis, Massachusetts Governor|
|VP candidate:||Lloyd Bentsen, Texas Senator|
|Popular votes:||41,809,074 (45.6%)|
- This election centered on symbolic issues that showed the conservative mood of the nation.
- Bush defined Dukakis as a liberal who was out of touch with American values.
- Bush painted Dukakis as unpatriotic and soft on crime.
- Dukakis responded by characterizing Bush as unresponsive to middle-class concerns about jobs, housing, health care, and the environment. The strategy proved too little too late.