Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis wishes people would miss him when he leaves office next month.

"I wish I were going out with people feeling somewhat better about Mike Dukakis than they do right now," the former presidential candidate said in an interview televised Sunday.He went on to say that "despite the difficulty of the past two years, this is a lot nicer going out voluntarily than being thrown out, as happened to me in 1978."

That year, Dukakis, the incumbent governor, lost a primary battle to retain his seat. He later regained the governor's office, but after losing the presidency in 1988 to George Bush, the state's economy ebbed and his popularity at home plummeted.