Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Quayle to Quit GOP Race for President Bush's Fund-Raising Lead Cited

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Quayle to Quit GOP Race for President Bush's Fund-Raising Lead Cited

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WASHINGTON -- Unable to shed a negative image and win a fight for personal credibility, former vice president Dan Quayle will drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination today.

A senior campaign official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the announcement will be made at a news conference in Phoenix, Ariz.

"Vice President Quayle conferred with Mrs. Quayle and his campaign manager, Kyle McSlarrow and concluded that even though the campaign would do extremely well in New Hampshire, he would be unable to compete effectively in the 18 or so contests that occur in the 30 days that follow the New Hampshire Primary," the official said yesterday.

Quayle becomes the fourth and most recent Republican presidential contender to drop out in wake of Texas Gov. George W. Bush's juggernaut. The official said Quayle is not expected to announce today whether he will endorse Bush or any other Republican candidate.

The braintrust determined that Quayle could not raise enough money to compete deep into the primary season, even if he fared well in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state.

"I think the reality just hit home that this wasn't to be," said former Sen. Dan Coats, a fellow Indiana Republican and Quayle supporter.

"Even if he won in New Hampshire, where do you go from there?" asked Coats. "You don't have the funds ... and you're up against a candidate who can outspend you 100-to-1 if he wants to."

Bush, the two-term Texas governor, has raised more than $50 million -- five times that of his nearest challenger. Quayle has been running a debt since early in the campaign.

Quayle had tried to position himself as the "true conservative" in the GOP field, hoping to forge a coalition of pro-defense, social conservative and anti-tax Republicans that would winnow the field to him and Bush.

He never came close.

From the beginning, Quayle was unable to distinguish himself, setting off a failure chain of poor fund-raising and poor standing in public opinion surveys that seemed to reinforce overall doubts about his White House quest. …

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