White House gets political advice from Dukakis

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D) gave the Obama administration his advice about how to stave off electoral losses during a recent visit to the White House.

Dukakis, the Democratic nominee for president in 1988, advised the administration to target key precincts warning of Republican policies' effect on the economy, according to the Boston Globe.

"It seems to me there has to be a single message coming from Democrats, from the president on down," Dukakis told the Globe. "We've got to pound that message as hard as can from now until November."

If we do that and deliver this message over and over again, we are going to be OK," he added.

There's a certain amusement factor to Dukakis having advised the White House on elections, though.

The then-governor ran a generally maligned campaign for president against then-Vice President George H. W. Bush, who won in an electoral college landslide and won 53.4 percent of the popular vote.

Dukakis's message is similar to how the administration has approached the election, too.

Using the president's political arm at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the White House is looking to turn out key voting blocs -- first-time voters, young voters, minority voters -- who helped propel President Obama into office in 2008. The DNC is spending a total of $50 million to target those voters going into Nov. 2.