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WASHINGTON (UPI) - With a week to go to the Democratic National Convention, Michael Dukakis is putting aside major campaigning and must finally direct his complete attention to the choice of a running mate.The Massachusetts governor and likely Democratic presidential nominee ended a five-state, three-day swing through the West and Southwest Sunday, stressing his commitment to the environment at the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colo.
But Dukakis also used the tranquil mountain setting to continue to attack Vice President George Bush, challenging him to "stand up and tell the truth" about whether he would support a tax increase.
Pressed by reporters, he also insisted he was not frustrated by Democratic rival Jesse Jackson's refusal to formally concede the race, even though Dukakis clinched the party's presidential nomination with a series of primary wins June 7.
"Jesse Jackson can do anything he wants to do," Dukakis said. "I'm going to the convention and I'm going to win it, and then I hope he and good Democrats and independents and maybe more than a few Republicans are going to be part of this effort."
On the Republican side, The New York Daily News reported Monday that Bush is scheduled to meet this week with U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican who has become well known as a prosecutor of organized crime and drug figures in New York and may be under consideration as a running mate.
A Giuliani aide confirmed to the newspaper that a meeting was set for this week, but said it was only to discuss the war on illegal drugs. Giuliani refused to comment.
Since capturing enough convention delegates to guarantee himself the nod, Dukakis has put in a hectic campaign pace - he toured 18 states in the South, West, Southwest and Midwest to show he will battle Bush in every part of the nation.
But he has been bombarded at virtually every stop with questions about whom he will choose as his vice presidential candidate and has consistently brushed aside those queries with coy and non-committal answers.
But while the governor has refused to deal with the question publicly, his close friend, Paul Brountas, has been conducting an exhaustive search for the proper person to occupy the second spot on the ticket.