Dukakis Takes Perry’s Compliment

Sep 8, 2011 4:43pm

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis didn’t watch Wednesday night’s debate, but he sure did hear about it.

Reached by a Boston Globe reporter today, Dukakis, who served three terms as the Bay State’s governor and went on to become  the 1988 Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, said he was participating in an economic seminar at Northeastern University during the debate but learned quickly about his name getting  mentioned when he received a “flood” of  “congratulatory emails” in his inbox this morning.

“All I know is that Perry was nice enough to compare my economic record with Romney’s,” Dukakis told the paper. “But then, it would be very difficult not to do better than Romney’s.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, during a heated back and forth with Romney over their respective job creation records, said last night  ”Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt.”

“I’ll accept it for what it was,” Dukakis told the Globe . “If Perry wants to acknowledge that, that’s fine by me.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in Massachusetts grew by about 569,000 during Dukakis’ tenure, or approximately 47,000 jobs per year. Romney created 30,900 jobs during his four-year tenure, averaging out to about 8,000 jobs each year.

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