Hillary Clinton may be a more qualified presidential candidate than Donald Trump “on paper,” former Vice President Dan Quayle said Thursday. But Trump is more qualified in another respect, the Indiana Republican suggested.
“He’s more qualified in the sense that the American people, I think, want an outsider,” Quayle said in an interview with NBC’s “Today,” remarking that he would support him as the Republican Party’s nominee. “And they want an outsider this time. She’s not an outsider, so if you’re looking for an outsider, no, she’s not qualified, and he is.”
Quayle, who served in the House and Senate before serving as President George H.W. Bush’s vice president from 1989 to 1993, said that Trump “knows full well” that the general election is a different operation than the primary in terms of his rhetoric.
Quayle referred to Trump’s comment last year that he was approached about being Bush’s running mate in 1988, a post that eventually went to the then-senator from Indiana. “He’s been around this a long time,” Quayle noted.
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