Dan Quayle endorses Mitt Romney, while Time is given for a Parade of Romney stories

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 6 2011 8:54 a.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signs autographs after speaking at a campaign stop Nov. 29, 2011, in Medley, Fla.

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Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle endorsed Mitt Romney this morning in an op-ed published by the Arizona Republic.

Quayle said Romney is the only Republican who meets his four criteria for determining who he will support in a presidential race — leadership, character, conservative philosophy, and electability.

"He has proven over and over again that he is a leader," Quayle wrote. "He has demonstrated he is capable of making tough decisions and turning things around. He is a man of integrity. He understands budgets and financial markets. He balanced budgets and met a bottom line. He is strong on national defense and has a deep love of the principles that make America great."

"Because of President Obama's failed leadership, Washington has become dysfunctional," Quayle said. "We need a leader from outside of the Washington establishment. We need a president with a proven track record of innovative thinking and a proven ability to make tough decisions and implement them.

While you were out Christmas shopping, watching football or cleaning up after hurricane-force winds and whatnot over the past few days, journalists all around the nation were continuing their coverage of all things Mitt.

For example, Parade magazine offered "A Mitt Romney You Haven't Seen Yet" through interviews with the presidential candidate and his wife, Ann. Presented in question-answer format, the interviews do provide some interesting insights, including:

Mitt's father, George, an automotive executive, governor of Michigan and presidential candidate, "made sure my brother and I mowed the lawn, shoveled the driveway … he decided we would learn to work with our hands."

Mitt on the value of his LDS Church mission: "I learned a great deal about my faith and the teachings of my church. At the same time, one learns a great deal about one's self. I read the Bible. I read it with much more interest and attention, and that made me, I think, more fundamentally appreciative of the truths and wisdom that had been provided by our Creator."

After explaining that his wife, Ann, had been the primary motivator of his decision to run for president in 2012 after the long and difficult campaign in 2008, he said, "I think at least 90 percent of my life could be explained as Mitt trying to impress Ann . . . I think she has more confidence in me than I have in myself. She believed that my business experiences in start-ups and turnarounds, in the Olympics, and as a Republican governor in a Democratic state prepared me uniquely to help the country in a troubled time. And that I have a responsibility to serve. As she calls on that sense of duty, I'm defenseless."

On following the rules of his LDS faith: "My view is that the commandments of God — let's take the Ten Commandments, the basis of all Judeo-Christian faiths — are not so much restricting as liberating."

And in her interview, Ann Romney reveals that Mitt loves the music of Roy Orbison, cold cereal (he's partial to Brown Sugar Chex Bites and Quaker Oatmeal Squares), low-fat chocolate milk, Caffeine-Free Diet Coke and that a Mitt Romney White House will feature horses (Ann is an avid rider — she says horseback riding has been critical to her therapy for Multiple Sclerosis) and "lots of grandchildren."

Meanwhile, Biography.com offers a three-and-a-half minute biography of Romney. It covers his early life, his entry into politics, his years as governor of Massachusetts, his 2008 presidential run and the 2012 campaign. And WBUR Radio in Boston presents a six-part radio series on Mitt, beginning with this look at his years as a student at Harvard, talking to students who remember him as "a pretty straight, conservative guy," "entirely positive, entirely enthusiastic" and "more like a farm boy than a sophisticated New Yorker."

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