(Des Moines,IA) Former Vice President Dan Quayle on Sunday said his competitors for the Republican party’s presidential nomination are stealing a page from his playbook by focusing on “Family Values.”
“It is amazing how many people are talking about the family and I am absolutely thrilled,” Quayle said Sunday after attending at an event sponsored by Des Moines-area evangelical churches.
Quayle said when he first began talking about strengthening the traditional form of family, he took lots of heat, most notably from his speech deriding television’s “Murphy Brown.”
“People are beginning to focus on the family and without controversy. There’s a lot more consensus today and I’m delighted,” Quayle said.
Quayle is in the midst of a tour of 13 Iowa cities. At some stops, he merely attended local 4th of July festivities. At others, he met privately with potential supporters, outlining his ideas, like his call for a 30 percent, across-the-board reduction in the federal income tax.
“The Republican Congress ought to stand up for what they believe in and that’s tax cuts,” Quayle said of a republican-led discussion of a tax cut package of up to $1 billion. “There’s a huge surplus out in Washington and every day they have a new excuse of why Americans can’t keep more of their hard-earned tax dollars.”
Quayle, a U.S. Senator from Indiana, was picked in 1988 by George Bush to be Vice President.