CAMPAIGN 2016: Looking for a little wisdom from past leaders

It's wonderful to be here
in the great state of Chicago!

Dan Quayle
Vice-President of the United States


I never quite figured out Dan Quayle. Despite a good education and getting elected to both the House and the Senate, Dan Quayle kept saying very dumb things that made headlines. It's time for the human race to enter the solar system.

Perhaps predictably, after a while people stopped taking Quayle seriously and quit listening to him. When Quayle attempted to run for president in 2000, his campaign lasted... about a week.

So maybe here's the lesson of Quayle: The public will overlook it if you say the wrong thing once in a while — because we all do — especially if you acknowledge it andclear it up quickly. It's when you keep making stupid mistakes and don't own up that sooner or later makes them turn away.

 Carl Francis


JAMES DANFORTH "DAN" QUAYLE (born 1947) is an American politician and international investor. He was the 44th Vice President of the United States under George H.W. Bush. He was also a U.S. Representative (1977–81) and U.S. Senator (1981–89) from the state of Indiana.

Quayle grew up in Arizona, married his wife Marilyn in 1972 and obtained his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1974. 

At age 29, Quayle won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 and election to the Senate in 1980.

In 1988, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, the Republican Party nominee for the presidency, chose Quayle as his vice presidential running mate. The Bush/Quayle ticket won the 1988 election over Democrats Michael Dukakis and his running mate Lloyd Bentsen. 

As vice president, Quayle made official visits to 47 countries and was appointed chairman of the National Space Council, of which he later said, For NASA, space is still a high priority.

Quayle once told this story: The other day the President said to me, "Dan, I know you've had some rough times, and I want do something will show the nation what faith I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility." He paused, then said, "Would you like a puppy?"

Quayle and Bush ran for re-election in 1992, but Democrat Bill Clinton and his vice presidential running mate, Al Gore, defeated the Bush/Quayle ticket.

In 2000, Quayle sought the Republican presidential nomination, but withdrew and supported George W. Bush.

The future will be better tomorrow, Quayle used to say. He is currently the chairman of global investments at Cerberus Capital Management, one of the largest private investment firms in the world.