"What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind
at all. How true that is." -- Vice President Dan Quayle winning
friends while speaking to the United Negro College Fund.
"You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy
campers you have been, and, as far as I am concerned, happy campers
you will always be." -- Vice President Dan Quayle, to the American
Samoans, whose capital Quayle pronounces "Pogo Pogo".
"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother
and child." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"We expect them [Salvadoran officials] to work toward the elimination
of human rights." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"El Salvador is a democracy so it's not surprising that there are
many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with
Salvadorans... I have heard a single voice." -- Vice President Dan
"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and
democracy - but that could change." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure." -- Vice
President Dan Quayle, to the Phoenix Republican Forum, March 1990.
"Target prices? How that works? I know quite a bit about farm policy.
I come from Indiana, which is a farm state. Deficiency payments -
which are the key - that is what gets money into the farmer's hands.
We got loan, uh, rates, we got target, uh, prices, uh, I have worked
very closely with my senior colleague, (Indiana Sen.) Richard Lugar,
making sure that the farmers of Indiana are taken care of." -- Vice
President Dan Quayle on being asked to define the term "target
prices." Quayle's press secretary then cut short the press
conference, after two minutes and 30 seconds.
"I want to be Robin to Bush's Batman." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"The US has a vital interest in that area of the country." -- Vice
President Dan Quayle Referring to Latin America.
"Who would have predicted... that Dubcek, who brought the tanks in
Czechoslovakia in 1968 is now being proclaimed a hero in
Czechoslovakia. Unbelievable." -- Vice President Dan Quayle...
Actually, Dubcek was the leader of the Prague Spring.
"...getting [cruise missiles] more accurate so that we can have
precise precision." -- Vice President Dan Quayle referring to his
legislative work dealing with cruise missiles.
"[I will never have] another Jimmy Carter grain embargo, Jimmy, Jimmy
Carter, Jimmy Carter grain embargo, Jimmy Carter grain embargo." --
Vice President Dan Quayle during the Benson debate.
"Certainly, I know what to do, and when I am Vice President -- and I
will be -- there will be contingency plans under different sets of
situations and I tell you what, I'm not going to go out and hold a
news conference about it. I'm going to put it in a safe and keep it
there! Does that answer your question?" -- Vice President Dan Quayle
when asked what he would do if he assumed the Presidency, 1988.
"I would guess that there's adequate low-income housing in this
country." -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things." -- Vice President
"The real question for 1988 is whether we're going to go forward to
tomorrow or past to the -- to the back!" -- Vice President Dan Quayle
"We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world."
-- Vice President Dan Quayle