Former Vice President Dan Quayle's Announcement Speech

Huntington North High School   Huntington, IN   April 14, 1999
Copyright 1999 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.  All rights reserved.

"This is the heart of America."--Dan Quayle

Transcript of Speech
A Huntington Welcome
A Crowd Arrives
After the Speech


"The Heart of America"
Huntington is a town of about 17,000 people in northeastern Indiana. Dan Quayle graduated from Huntington High School in 1965.  In 1974, after receiving his law degree from Indiana University, Quayle returned here with his bride Marilyn.  He served as general manager of the town's newspaper, the Herald-Press, and established the law practice of Quayle & Quayle with Marilyn.

Mike Perkins, the current editor of the Herald-Press, was with the paper when Quayle worked out of an upstairs office.  He said that Quayle was not an absentee manager. "He worked full time; the idea was that he would eventually run the newspaper," said Perkins.  Indeed, Quayle had spent part of one summer as a pressroom intern.  "He understands the news business better than you'd think; his family is a newspaper family," said Perkins. 

Photos from Dan Quayle's career grace a wall at Nick's Kitchen on North Jefferson, Huntington's main street. Nick's is famous for its breaded tenderloins ("since 1908").  Jean Anne Drabenstot (standing in the photo above) runs Nick's Kitchen; she recalled that Quayle came in when he worked as a lawyer; he liked a breaded tenderloin, french fries and a milk shake.  She pointed to Quayle's preferred seat.  "He usually sits on that barstool with his back to the counter and talks to people over there in the booth," she said. Nick's Menu features a Quayle Burger:a half pound of ground beef, grilled onion, lettuce, and tomato, with fries for $4.95.

Huntington is also the location of the Dan Quayle Center and Museum, America's only vice presidential museum.  Located near downtown in a former church, the museum features exhibits on Dan Quayle's life and career and on other U.S. vice presidents. 

A Huge Day for Him, A Big Day for the Community 
It's the big day. Quayle advance people have been in town for a week. many local businesses have Quayle signs up in their windows.  Area hotels arre full.  "We're planning on a big crowd, and we've got twice the amount of tenderloins that we usually have," said Jean Anne Drabenstot of Nick's Kitchen.  "To have someone from our town, to get this far, to actually have a chance of being in the White House as the president...we're very proud that someone from here could make it that far," she said.  Over at the Herald-Press, editor Mike Perkins said the Quayle announcement meant an "all-hands-on-deck exercise" for the paper.  The Herald-Press, which has a weekday circulation of somewhat less than 7,000 (7,500 on Sundays), normally starts its press run at 1:00 p.m. and reaches racks by 1:30 or 2:00. With Quayle set to announce beginning at noon, the paper, faced with the choice of being first or one of the last to report on the event, decided to move its deadline back 90 minutes.