Republican vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle attacked the top of the Democratic ticket Saturday at a rally in the GOP stronghold of Orange County, saying Americans would reject "another Jimmy Carter."
Quayle, speaking to about 1,000 people in the exclusive enclave at the edge of Lake Mission Viejo, drew cheers when he called Massachusetts Gov. Micheal Dukakis an inexperienced leader whose liberal policies would "wreck economic prosperity at home and wreak havoc with peace aboard."Quayle predicted victory for him and GOP presidential nominee George Bush, saying, "We are not going to elect another Jimmy Carter," and charging that Dukakis would return the nation to high inflation and interest rates that plagued the last Democratic administration.
There were only brief reminders of the controversies that have dogged the Quayle candidacy and first solo campaign effort, a tour that has seen the 41-year-old Indiana senator hounded by questions about his military record, his academic past, a resume that fudged his experience in Indiana state government and his link to a 1980 sex scandal.
Quayle told reporters he was pleased with his tour's reception and added, "I feel there's a tremendous enthusiasm building out there."
Quayle, whose first campaign tour included Montana, South Dakota and Utah Friday, flew Saturday afternoon to Sacramento, where he paid a quick visit to the California State Fair. He was scheduled to spend the night in California's capital, then fly back to Washington, D.C., Sunday.
Vice President George Bush, meanwhile, spent Saturday in Texas emphasizing his determination to go all-out to win what James Baker, his campaign chief, termed the must-win state of all must-win states.
"I mean to run hard, I mean to fight hard and I mean to win Texas," Bush told a rally of party workers at Houston hotel.
Speaking later to a reunion of the 2nd Marine Corps Division in Dallas, Bush stressed America's leadership in protecting democracy around the globe and accused Democratic rival Michael Dukakis of being weak on defense issues.
"Peace through strength is more than a slogan," Bush told 700 people at the Fairmont Hotel. "It's a policy that works, the only policy that works. In this day and age, we've got to stop war."