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Dan Quayle was the 44th Vice President of the United States, serving under George H. W. Bush (1989–1993). He is one of the most famous misstatement makers ever. Here is a collection of some of his most notorious flubs.

"The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make."

"Every once in a while, you let a word or phrase out, and you want to catch it and bring it back. You can't do that. It's gone, gone forever."

His most famous blunder occurred when he corrected student William Figueroa's correct spelling of <b>"potato"</b> to <b>"potatoe"</b> at an elementary school spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey, on June 15, 1992.

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."

"Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child."

"The other day [the President] said, I know you've had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. [Pause.] Would you like a puppy?"

"It is a very good historical book about history."

"What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."

"Mars is essentially in the same orbit . . . Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."

"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century."

"I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy -- but that could change."

"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."

"The future will be better tomorrow."

"We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world."

"People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history."

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."

"I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix." - <i>Phoenix is in Texas</i>

"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."

"When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame."

"Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it."

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."

"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."

"[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system."

"My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, never surrender to what is right."

"I deserve respect for the things I did not do."

"Bank failures are caused by depositors who don't deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement."

"Bobby Knight told me this 'There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.' In other words a good offense wins."

"It's wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago." - <i>Chicago is a city in the state of Illinois </i>

"Unfortunately, the people of Louisiana are not racists."

"We lead in exporting jobs." -- <i>Committing a Freudian slip while speaking to the Chamber of Commerce of Evansville, Indiana, a city which lost four large companies in the previous four years. He quickly changed the word 'jobs' to 'products.'</i>

"Clinton cannot possibly win in 2000." -- <i>Referring to Bill Clinton, who had already served two terms as President by 2000.</i>

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."
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