Dan Quayle's presidential campaign, mired in fund-raising difficulties and single-digit poll standings, continues to shrink.
Earlier this summer, the former vice president said he would be concentrating his efforts on Iowa and New Hampshire. Now, in the wake of his disappointing eighth-place finish in the Iowa Republican straw poll last month, the Quayle campaign said this week it would shift most of its Iowa resources and staff to New Hampshire to concentrate on that crucial first-primary state. (In the meantime, Quayle lost some members of his South Carolina staff to Arizona Sen. John McCain's campaign.)
Quayle told the Associated Press that he has decided to focus just on New Hampshire, which might be more receptive to his message favoring major tax cuts. "The campaign has been quite boring, frankly," he said. "We're going to turn the temperature up." He also said that in New Hampshire, "they take their responsibility seriously. It has that one-on-one character. They have a different view. It's a smaller state than Iowa."
Campaign spokesman Jonathan Barron said yesterday: "This is the bottom line: The campaign is refocusing on New Hampshire. We're going to be relocating allocations from around the country to that state. We will maintain a presence in Iowa, but we will insert additional resources in New Hampshire."
Forbes Attacks Gore's Church Visit
Vice President Gore will make a rather unusual appearance for a politician Sunday. He will speak during a Roman Catholic Mass near Detroit. Aides say the Southern Baptist Gore will make very brief remarks on faith and family and will not go near any political topics.
But at least one of his opponents, Episcopalian Steve Forbes, said he is offended that Gore, an abortion rights supporter, would even set foot in the church.
"Vice President Gore is the nation's number two defender of abortion on demand, transporting minors across state lines for abortions, partial-birth abortion, government-funded abortions and fetal tissue research," Forbes said in a statement. "His decision to speak . . . shows an appalling lack of respect for the pro-life beliefs of Catholics everywhere."
Gore spokesman Chris Lehane fired back, questioning Forbes's commitment to the GOP's anti-abortion plank. "Steve Forbes, who himself seems to have just recently found religion because he thinks it could help him with his party's right wing, ought to be ashamed of himself for attempting to exploit the fact we're attending a Catholic Mass for his own political benefit," Lehane said.
Earlier in the day, Gore, to be accompanied by labor leader John Sweeney, will address the Interfaith Leaders of Greater Detroit at a local Methodist church.
Staff writer Ceci Connolly contributed to this report.