Dan Quayle has
none of the other candidates can match, he's run a very focused
campaign, and most Republican activists have favorable words for
In another election, Quayle might almost be running as the
candidate. Quayle has put time in Iowa--he spent four days in the state
in 1997, fourteen days in 1998, and added another 17 days through the
of July 1999; Marilyn Quayle has also made many visits. However, Quayle
is vying against Forbes, Bauer, Buchanan and Keyes for the support of
conservatives--and he faces the added burden of a deeply-rooted,
12, 1999) Dan
Quayle stopped in at
the Iowa State Fair.
"He's gone," one
said as Dan Quayle's eighth place showing was posted. It was in
a disappointing result, and some pundits were quick to write the end of
the Quayle campaign. Nonetheless, Quayle vowed to stay in the
His Iowa leadership pointed out that the straw poll result was not as
as it first appeared--that the campaign had only spent about $50,000,
done well on a cost per vote basis, and would be ready for "the real
vote in January, when it counts."
Memo sent out
Iowa campaign leadership to supporters after the straw poll.
Calling All Quayle
Hudson and Gary
This is not
an official Quayle
campaign “statement.” It is simply a personal message from us to you in
response to the many fine calls and messages we had over the weekend.
of the Straw
Poll don’t seem like a reason to celebrate at first glance. When you
the bigger picture, however, there are plenty of reasons to feel good.
Here’s the bigger picture:
Poll was not an
election. It was a vote-buying exercise. The rank order of the
matched the rank order of their expenditures almost exactly. No
spent less money on the Straw Poll than the Quayle campaign. We spent
$50,000 as compared to the millions spent by Bush and Forbes and the
of thousands spent by the other “top-tier” finishers. If the lowest
number had won the Straw Poll, then Dan Quayle would have been on top.
We are proud of that number. The “winners” spent $400 to $600 per vote.
That is an embarrassment. That is a sign of desperation, not a sign of
because they believe in him. Not because someone promised them an
tent and a bag of gifts. Not because Dan Quayle filled their mailboxes
with flyers for weeks. Not because Dan Quayle saturated the Iowa
with commercials. Not because the pundits on TV told them that Dan
nomination is "inevitable."
campaign that takes
federal matching funds – which means every campaign other than the Bush
and Forbes campaigns – faces a legal limit of $1.3 million in total
in Iowa. The Quayle campaign will spend that limit – but we refused to
spend it on something that is not even an election. We will spend it in
the run-up to the real caucus vote in January, when it counts.
banks and other
preparations for the Straw Poll allowed us to identify thousands of
supporters across Iowa. We knew at the outset that many of those people
would not be able to make the trip to Ames. But we also know that Dan
supporters are not soft, casual supporters. They are die-hard,
believers in Vice
message. Those people are the new core of a large volunteer
They will call on the thousands of people the Quayles met in living
and meeting halls across Iowa this summer. You saw the crowds at the
we had with the Quayles. The Straw Poll did not measure that support.
can’t measure that support. It simply measures how many tickets a
was willing to buy at $25 per head.
where Dan Quayle
finishes in any poll, we must not forget that he is the only one who
go all the way. There are three required ingredients for a Republican
win the White House: (1) The candidate must clearly differentiate
or herself from the Democrats on the issues. When the GOP blurs
with the Dems at the mythical “center,” then we lose the White House
time. (2) The candidate must have the experience of elected office. The
Americanpeople simply do not hand the White House to someone as their
office. Eisenhower proved himself on the battlefield at D-Day; he’s the
exception that proves the rule. It is astonishing that more than half
the Republicans running for president never have won an election in
lives. They will not win this one, either. (3) A successful GOP nominee
must unify the party, which means unifying the economic, social, and
conservatives, as Ronald Reagan did, while attracting cross-over
You can’t unify the party by ignoring or insulting key constituencies.
Most of our candidates have forgotten this.
There was no
one ahead of
Dan Quayle on the Straw Poll tally who meets those three requirements.
No one. Is Dan Quayle electable? Yes. He may be the only one who is
Remember this! On our worst day in “the polls” – and the Straw Poll was
just another poll – the Quayle campaign stands a better chance of
our man in the White House than those other folks do on their best
So start each day fresh, as Dan Quayle does, strong in the knowledge
we are fighting the good fight to restore character, experience, and
leadership to our nation’s highest office.
manager called Vice President Quayle on Saturday night with the Straw
results, Dan Quayle did not hesitate for one second in anger or
Instead, his response was simple: “Let’s get up tomorrow and keep up
fight.” He already was in New Hampshire at the time, ready to go to
on Sunday in that other key state.
Our job now
is to build Dan
Quayle’s Iowa organization. The Straw Poll was a two-day newspaper
It’s over and soon will be forgotten. What will not be forgotten
is the excitement and goodwill generated this summer by Dan and
65-town tour of Iowa. We have a strong base to build on.
received many messages with ideas about where to bring the Quayles and
who to get on board. This is exactly what needs to be done! Each of you
is an ambassador for Dan Quayle. Spread the word about his
and experience. Recruit new supporters. Ask friends and neighbors if
will host one of those great coffees for Dan Quayle. Hold regular
of your county Quayle organization to push the organization down to the
precinct level step-by-step. We’ll be in touch with key volunteers
and we’re ready to talk about new ideas any time. Call. Write. Send
remember this: Dan
Quayle can win. He’s the only one who can win. Hope, honor, and history
are on our side.