Ninety Long Minutes in Omaha

The overprogrammed Quayle was a poor match for Bentsen

Dan Quayle made a promise to the American people before the vice-presidential debate: "You're going to see the real Dan Quayle." Until Wednesday night, many Americans thought the real Dan Quayle was a sunny, overconfident, high- spirited young man who had spent more time on the golf links than in the library. But the Dan Quayle at the debate was a different person: a grim, wooden, frightened fellow who had stayed up late memorizing answers for the big test. So nervous were Bush's handlers that they denied Quayle any chance to be spontaneous, transforming him instead into an automaton searching for...

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