Dan Quayle on Principles & Values
Vice President of the U.S., 1989-1993; Former Republican Senator (IN)
Quayle was a liability from the beginning. In his 1st press conference, the young senator stumbled over questions about whether his family used any undue influence to get him a slot in the National Guard. At first he denied influence was used. Later he said he didn't know. Finally he admitted that some phone calls were made.
Resisting pleas to remove him from the ticket, George stood by his choice but regretted having made it. He confided that disaster to his diary: "It was my decision, and I blew it, but I'm not about to say that I blew it."
Even George's closest friends said to George, "How in God's name did you select Quayle? George told me he'd only met Quayle once or twice. Quayle was good on defense issues. George needed someone young and from the Midwest, so Quayle was in. That's as much thought as he gave to it."
QUAYLE: It's not just age; it's accomplishments, it's experience. I have far more experience than many others that sought the office of vice president of this country. I have as much experience in the Congress as Jack Kennedy did when he sought the presidency...
BENTSEN: Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine. Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.
Although I’d sometimes glanced at it, I had never seen a whole episode of Murphy Brown. Even so, the reference was my idea. I knew the line would be controversial. Just how controversial, I couldn’t predict.
What distressed me about [the reaction] was the sense that I had attacked single mothers. If anything, I was trying to be their champion, to point out the distinction between real life and what was being shown on Murphy Brown.
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George W. Bush(R,2001-2009)
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