Vice President Dan Quayle once voted to slash spending for the Patriot missile that he has so effusively praised since the gulf war.

As a senator, Quayle was among several Republicans who voted to cut funds for the Patriot. Now the vice president is embracing the missile-defense system - an overall success in intercepting Iraqi Scud missiles aimed at Israel and Saudi Arabia."To those who say it won't work, that you can't hit a bullet with a bullet, I say go ask (Iraqi President) Saddam Hussein," Quayle told workers at the Kennedy Space Center.

In 1983, while representing Indiana, he joined other Republican senators in opposing an effort to restore $177.6 million that was being cut from the Patriot program.