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Dukakis Talks To Kids About Civics

April 6, 2001

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis encouraged young people to get involved in politics during an appearance at the University of Virginia.

``The progress we have made in the past 30-40 years is phenomenal,″ Dukakis said Thursday night, ``and it’s been fought for in the political arena.″

The former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic nominee for president said he was troubled by the demise of grass-roots politics, which he said has always been the strength of the Democratic Party.

Dukakis said when he started in politics, he rang every doorbell in his community.

``That’s the kind of politics I believe in,″ he said. ``When was the last time someone knocked on your door?″

Dukakis said voters are left to learn about politicians from television and the Internet, which has led to less public interest in politics and low voter turnout.

Dukakis spoke at a gathering of the high school students at the university. He teaches at the University of California at Los Angeles and Northeastern University in Boston.

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