Bush Sharply attacks Dukakis

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Bush sharply attacks Dukakis By The Associated Press Vice President George Bush launched a sharp attack Saturday against Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, whom he accused of coddling criminals by allowing some convicts out of prison on weekends. The likely nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties spent the day working to shore up support 'in parts of the country where each is considered weakest: Dukakis in the South and Bush in the Midwest. "We don't let murderers out on vacation to terrorize innocent people," Bush said at the Illinois Republican convention in Springfield. "Even after one of the criminals brutally raped a woman and stabbed her fiance, why didn't he (Dukakis) admit his mistake?" Bush said. Bush's attack Saturday came three weeks after a strategy session during which the vice president's campaign indicated Dukakis would be confronted directly on domestic issues and his management record as governor of Massachusetts. Reaction from the Dukakis campaign came quickly on Saturday. "George Bush should know better," Dukakis press secretary Dayton Duncan said while traveling with the candidate in Texas. "He should check the record of Ronald Reagan as (California) governor, the federal system in his own administration and of 22 states with Republican governors before he makes more wild accusations about furlough systems." Dukakis last April signed a law banning weekend passes for prisoners convicted of murder, reversing his administration's policy of supporting the program which began in 1972. That ban was passed by the state Legislature after a convicted murderer, who escaped while on a weekend pass, raped a woman in Maryland last year. "Eight months later he was still defending his program," Bush said. "And only when the Massachusetts Legislature voted by an overwhelming majority to abolish the program for murderers did he finally give in." Dukakis, meanwhile, was in Texas Saturday, where he attended the funeral of Willie Velasquez, founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, which led drives to register Hispanics to vote. Velasquez "was a nuts-and-bolts political leader but his commitment went deeper than that — to the very soul of this country, to the very heart of our democratic system," Dukakis said in Spanish in his eulogy delivered and the funeral Mass in San Antonio. "His goal was not to change the faces of those we elect to public service but to improve the quality of public service itself." After the funeral, Dukakis was heading for Houston to address the Texas Democratic convention, where the last of the state's 211 national convention delegates were being picked. REEL-EM-IIM Featuring Lunch Specials BONELESS CATFISH Coleslaw • Potato Soup Beans • Onion Hot Tomato Relish [Imported From Texas) ^ ^ _ -^ All The Homemade 9 rf 51) Hush Pupppies U-Can-Eat mw Drink E. ink Bring This Ad Highway 31 South at the

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  1. The Kokomo Tribune,
  2. 19 Jun 1988, Sun,
  3. Page 2

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