Exclusive: Former VP Dan Quayle Sits Down With Neil Cavuto
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” over the weekend that he was not going to get rid of all health care reform. Romney said he was going to ensure that there are polices that cover families at any age and do not discriminate because of pre-existing conditions. Tea Party members may have been confused by those comments because it seemed contrary to Romney’s RNC speech in which he stated, “We must reign in the skyrocketing cost of health care by repealing and replacing Obamacare.”
Former Vice President Dan Quayle sat down with Neil Cavuto to react to this and talk about other hot-button issues during this election season. Quayle says that first of all, Americans need a reality check
since, “The Republicans control the House, the Democrats control the Senate and the Democrats control the White House. Now, if you’re going to get something done, all three have to work together. You would think by listening to a lot of the media that the Republicans in the Congress run the show – they don’t run the show. As a matter of fact, of the three, they are the weakest […] that’s the way the Framers made it.”
As for the frustration that nothing is getting done, Quayle blames President Obama’s lack of leadership. “He’s been AWOL since basically last March or April; he basically said, I’m just going to go campaign.” On the battle going on between Republicans in Congress, Quayle said it’s not about compromising one’s principles but rather, getting things done in order to move the country along. He said the Tea Party’s heart may be in the right place but, when members accuse Romney of flip-flopping, they are wrong.
The worry by those on the right that Mitt Romney will not dismantle Obamacare is unfounded, says Quayle. He pointed out that Romney stated in his RNC speech that he plans to repeal and replace the law. Quayle said that Romney may be trying to gain the undecided vote, but he’s not changing his views.
In regards to strategy, the former VP said that Romney needs to convince voters that he can bring people together. Quayle believes the GOP nominee can do that by showing that he’s the one who can help people get off welfare, obtain higher paying jobs, and grow the pie of greater opportunity. “Talk about it, articulate it, believe it … that’s the story that will get Romney elected president.”
Watch the full exclusive interview below!