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Nobodies Turned Political Stars

Willie Horton

Candidates trying to look tough on crime love nothing better than to find a new heinous criminal to kick around.

Example: Willie Horton. In 1988, Republican operatives went after Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis with ads displaying a photo of Willie Horton, a convicted murderer who raped a woman while out on weekend furlough under a program that Dukakis had supported as Massachusetts governor.



(AP Photo)



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