Dan Quayle: Not Quite There
My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will
never, never surrender to what is right.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle speaking to the Christian
Coalition about the need for abstinence to avoid AIDS,
11/15/91 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)
Okay, I won't open it until then.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle after having been
presented with an empty box that was to contain
a gift from a sailing team in South America.
He was told that the gift was not ready yet,
but that it would be presented to him when they
arrived in the United States.
I happen to be a Republican president -- ah, the vice president.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle (Newsweek 4/9/90)
Maybe you guys will get lucky this year and face the Orioles in the
-- Vice President Dan Quayle encouraging the Milwaukee
Brewers after throwing out the opening pitch of the
season. Both teams are in the American League.
(5/3/92 Sunday Detroit News)
Are they taking DDT?
-- Vice President Dan Quayle asking doctors at a Manhattan
AIDS clinic about their treatments of choice, 4/30/92
(reported in Esquire, 8/92, and NY Post early May 92)
A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle
I just don't believe in the basic concept that someone should make their
whole career in public service.
-- Vice President (former senator, former congressman, etc..)
This isn't a man who is leaving with his head between his legs.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle discussing John Sununu's
resignation and apparent lack of flexibility, 12/6/91
Unfortunately, the people of Louisiana are not racists.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, regarding David Duke's
candidacy, 10/12/90, (reported in Esquire, 8/92)
We lead in exporting jobs.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle committing a Freudian slip while
speaking to the Chamber of Commerce of Evansville, Indiana,
a city which lost 4 large companies in the last four years.
He quickly changed the word 'jobs' to 'products'.
(NY Newsday 7/26/92 - taken from The Quayle Quarterly,
My grandfather... saw where inherited wealth ruined people. And my
grandfather was right.
-- Vice-President Dan Quayle giving an analysis of his
own situation: he has a half-million dollars
worth of his family's newspaper stock holdings.
(ABC's 'Prime Time Live', August 10, 1992)
You can't just walk into a store and buy a gun. There's all sorts of
registration, there are all sorts of state laws.
-- Senator Dan Quayle after criticizing Michael Dukakis
for the Massachusetts furlough program. Quayle was soon
informed that indeed in many states a person could just
walk into a store and buy a gun.
(reported in the NY Times, 8/27/88)
If you give a person a fish, they'll fish for a day. But if you train
a person to fish, they'll fish for a lifetime.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle while at a job training
center in Atlanta celebrating the 10th anniversary
of the Job Training Partnership Act, which Quayle helped
to sponsor while a senator, 10/13/92.
(reported in the NY Times, 10/14/92).
I'm glad you asked me that. This gives me the perfect
opportunity to talk about the problems with this Congress...
-- Vice President Dan Quayle responding to reporters'
questions about his use of Air force 2 to
go on golf trips at the cost of $26,000/hour.
We're all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the
mistakes we may or may not have made.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, (USA Today 4/22/92 - taken
from The Quayle Quarterly, Summer/Fall 1992)
I've been told to keep my remarks relatively brief. I understand
Quayle-hunting season begins at noon.
-- Senator Dan Quayle to a crowd in Eau Claire, Wisc.
(LA Times 10/16/88)