Dan Quayle and National Guard Duty

I do -- I do -- I do -- I do -- what any normal person would do at that age. You call home. You call home to mother and father and say, "I'd like to get into the National Guard."
-- Senator Dan Quayle, 8/19/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

There was no influence used. I didn't have to use any influence because before I applied, there were openings, when I applied, there were openings, and after I applied, there were openings. Those are the facts. And if you're interested in the facts, there they are.
-- Senator Dan Quayle defending the way he got into the National Guard (from 'The Unofficial Dan Quayle Video').

I did not know in 1969 that I would be in this room today, I'll confess.
-- Senator Dan Quayle responding to questions in 1988 about allegations that he used family connections to get into the Indiana National Guard (reported in the Washington Post, 8/26/88).

When you get into conflict, and regional conflicts, I mean, you have to have certain goals, and a goal cannot be really a no-win situation.
-- Senator Dan Quayle attempting to explain his military service during the Vietnam war (reported in the Washington Post, 9/6/88).

Obviously, if you join the National Guard, you have less of a chance of going to Vietnam. I mean it goes without saying.
-- Senator Dan Quayle discussing his draft record on NBC's 'Meet the Press', 9/20/92. (reported in the Houston Chronicle 9/21/92)

I got into the Guard fairly. There were no rules broken, to my knowledge... I, like many, many other Americans, had particular problems about the way the war was being fought. But yes, I supported my president and I supported the goal of fighting communism in Vietnam.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle (reported in High Times, 11/92)