Vice President George H. W. Bush shakes hands with a supporter at Schenectady’s Ramada Inn during a breakfast fundraiser with local Republicans on April 12, 1988. Bush was campaigning to become the party’s presidential candidate.
It was only April, but George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis were looking forward to November.
Each candidate was campaigning to win his respective party’s nomination for president. In 1988, both visited the Capital Region during the same week, in advance of the New York state primaries.
Vice President Bush showed up first, on Tuesday, April 12, and he showed up early. Bush and his 15-person entourage — which included wife Barbara and brother Jonathan — landed at Schenectady County Airport shortly before 8 a.m.
Dukakis, the Massachusetts governor, was in Albany on Friday, April 15. Two thousand supporters cheered the Democrat in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza.