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Her son: the Vice President.

Corinne Quayle's philosophy for raising Dan did not include high ambitions, but rather stressed good manners, discipline, and thoughtfulness.

Corinne Quayle remembers well the phone call on that steamy August day in Huntington, Indiana. It was her son Dan at the Republican convention in New Orleans. "Turn on the television," he said. "Call Dad and tell him to turn on the television." Telephoning her husband, Jim, the owner and publisher of the Huntington Herald-Press, she said, "Come home, Jim. Oh, come home."

Life for her and Jim really began to change after Dan's vice presidential nomination. Suddenly, there were places to go, letters to write, people to see, phone calls to make. At times, she says, she felt she needed a secretary. She still hasn't answered all the letters.

"I've been interested in politics all my life," she says, "but only interested. We never really were working for the party." But after last year's Republican convention, she and Jim took an increasing interest in political affairs. Her chief campaign role was domestic. She spent five weeks in Washington, D.C., taking care of her grandchildren (Tucker, Benjamin, and Corinne) while Dan and his wife, Marilyn, campaigned. "It was rewarding," she says. "I got to know the children better." It was a full-time job taking them to soccer games and horseback riding-and watching Tucker, 14, go on his first date. She took her knitting and a book along to Washington, but she didn't get much done on either.

On the first Tuesday of November she and the rest of the family watched eagerly as her son was voted the next vice president of the United States. Since that day she and Jim have been asked repeatedly, "Are things going to be different for you now?" She really doesn't think so-not that much different, anyway. She and her husband don't have much interest in being a part of the White House life, she says. They aren't the partying kind. "Besides," she adds with a laugh, "I don't think the Bushes are expecting us."

Their son's high office won't change their lives, and Dan won't change either, she believes. "He'd better not," she If he does, he just may lose my vote." But she adds more seriously, "I wouldn't expect him to change and hope he wouldn't."

Corinne Quayle regarded herself as a normal mother for her four children-Dan, Chris, and the twins, Martha and Mike. She wasn't overambitious for her children. "I just wasn't geared to that way of thinking," she says.

Her child-rearing philosophy is simple. "I believe in a lot of love in raising children," she says. "And that means real love, which isn't just telling them you love them all the time." It sometimes involves punishment or telling a child he or she can't go somewhere. That, she admits, was hard for her. She stressed good manners, discipline, and thoughtfulness for others.

Mrs. Quayle recalls strolling through the DePauw University campus with her husband and Dan on a sunny Mother's Day years ago. As they passed a small chapel, Dan drew a bracelet from his pocket and gave it to her. She still has it. Another gift lies beside the bracelet in her jewelry box-this one a charm from Dan-special because it was given for no particular occasion. Dan, she says, is "very thoughtful."

Dan told her he felt personally influenced by his grandfather, her father, Eugene C. Pulliam, a noted newspaper publisher whose interest in politics ran deep. Her son picked up not only his grandfather's great love for freedom, but also the elder Pulliam's magnetic personality and his political expertise, she says. Her father, she remembers, had a way of cutting through red tape and confusion to see the point of the matter. He saw Dan as "a guy going somewhere in politics."

Yet she admits that in her wildest dreams she didn't expect her son to be vice president. "I never gave it much thought," she says. "I didn't speculate much on his future."

At times during the campaign, she felt sorry for Dan, feeling he got unfair publicity. But she never felt he should quit the race. His debate with Democratic vice presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen was the lowest point in the campaign, she recalls. She couldn't believe Senator Bentsen uttered his cutting remark that Dan was no Jack Kennedy. The remark only helped increase Dan's stature,

Mrs. Quayle believes.

Still, all the flak is part of politics, she observes: "You have to take it and go on."

And the flap over Dan's grades? "I always felt Danny's grades were good," she says. "Things came relatively easy for him."

And about the National Guard? "The thing about it was, it was a nonstory," she says. "They [the media] blew it out of proportion. They made far too much over it." And, she adds, her husband wouldn't let Dan or anyone else escape the draft.

But that was 20 years ago, and now an exciting future lies ahead. Dan likes his new role, she says: "He relates well to people and communicates well. In getting along with people, he's A-l."

While growing up, Dan was extremely active, she recalls: "If he was in the house very long he would say, 'Let's fish or play golf.'" He also liked basketball and football. If he had to stay inside, he preferred reading the newspaper to listening to records or watching television. He's like her husband, Jim-he's full of nervous energy, and he inherited his father's likability. "He's someone you like. People gravitate toward him," she says.

She remembers Dan having a caring attitude even when he was a child-how at age eight he pitched in and helped while his father was ill and at age ten what a great aid he was when the twins were born.

Mrs. Quayle views Dan's vice presidency as a gift because he has such quallities. "It's a gift to the country," she says. "I really feel that way."
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Title Annotation:Corinne Quayle and Dan Quayle
Author:Stackhouse, Pat
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Biography
Date:May 1, 1989
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