Transcript for Aug. 16, 1988: George H.W. Bush chooses Dan Quayle as his running mate
George Bush has chosen a man he runs around with in this presidential season Dan Quayle as the junior senator from the state of Indiana who made it to Washington eight years ago. Thanks in large part to Ronald Reagan's popularity. He is 41 years old. Which Mr. Bush clearly sees as part of his appeal he has the conservative credentials which will please this convention. Andy would not be unfair to say that he campaigned for the job. George Bush cleared he decided this was the day for the news here's ABC's Brit Hume. Bush had just set foot in the city and was in the midst of a riverfront rally when he came out with the news he had originally planned to keep secret for two more days. His running mate would be the photogenic young senator from Indiana who had been considered a future GOP star until bush evidently decided the future is now. Gone in have been look at sex or rape. And rob a medal of America. That dynamic. And leader for the future of our party the future of our nation. And I injured gets to you now my friend that next vice president. And I. I. Quayle a defense hardliner popular on the Republican right seemed thunder struck and understandably nervous. He had arrived barely in time to hear Bush's words but he Muster to display of one of the qualities bush is no doubt looking for. Call it enthusiasm. There's nothing stuffy about this guy can't vote yet. I. On a more serious note he gives every sign he can be the kind of loyal and admiring running mate bush was to Ronald Reagan. There obviously honored. There obviously 88 at home. But garden bush. Laying. Has that commitment to American family that is or August. They looked at next. Bank. It only. Things aren't. Or a bad break down and collapsed. Yeah. Earlier bush told reporters aboard air force to he had made up his mind on a running mate as he stepped onto the plane this morning. At the airport outside New Orleans he had to stand and wait for his moment of both greeting and farewell with the departing Ronald Reagan. In a moment he used to praise the president and a promise to carry on. And we accept that challenge. And we look forward to riding the next chapter in America's freedom story. Because America's mission is greatness. And I do not intend to fail. Georgia a great deal rides on this campaign. And on you. Are America's hope. As for continued peace and prosperity. At that same airport rally bush showed took the president aside and appeared to tell him the big secret the president reacted with obvious surprise. And if indeed he had just heard that it and Beatty was surprised he is in good company here tonight Peter. Gripped timing is important politics one George Bush changed the schedule tell us today and not wait until Thursday sees that he would well there was always some discussion even got it from reporters about whether it was a good idea to Whittle Thursday morning to announce one big story of the convention and whether he wouldn't be stepping on his own story the story about himself and his big night. On the convention floor some advisors I believe counseled and on all you have to do that that's the way to build the biggest audience. But I think some other heads prevailed and said no we've got to get this out of the way you don't want to be upstaged by her own running.
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