This is a rush transcript from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," January 13, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: First, from Washington, to the White House, and the huddle. No sooner had the president addressed the nation on helping Haiti then he was back behind closed doors trying to help Democrats save health care.
Tonight, the first indications who is really being saved. And let's just say they're big friends of the president.
Welcome, everybody. I'm Neil Cavuto.
And chalk one up for the unions, big fans of the big guy, not fans of this so-called Cadillac health care tax that has created big friction with the big guy, Nancy Pelosi reportedly pushing hard to exempt them, and news this hour the president may be ready to crack, and unions are poised to walk scot-free on paying anything at all for reform. We will know soon.
And a former vice president ticked off now, because Dan Quayle is here now, and only here now.
Joining me exclusively, I'm happy to say, the former vice president of these United States, Dan Quayle.
Mr. Vice President, thank you for coming.
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DAN QUAYLE: You're welcome. Good to see you again.
CAVUTO: You know, you always have a day when you have a crisis and just a few miles away from our shores and then the crisis domestically. That's when you really test presidential leadership, right?
QUAYLE: Well, it shows how many things a president has to do in a day.
And he gets up in the morning and he says, well, here's my schedule. Here's the agenda. And guess what? The agenda is shaped by events. And the tragic event in Haiti, we don't know, the Citigroup folks you have mentioned. You know, our hearts and prayers go to the folks of Haiti.
I have been to Haiti a couple times. It's a country — it's a very poor country, great people. I don't know what the infrastructure was down there, but I — we hope for the very best. And I guess we just don't have that much information right now.
CAVUTO: But I know, even when you were vice president, and as a senator, it was very big to be the man on the ground. And I remember, in a lot of disasters, you were.
And I was going through a lot of the disasters that occurred in the Bush Sr. years, when you and he were running the country, and Hurricane Hugo stuck out in '89. And that was a Category 4 hurricane. That was a real mess here.
QUAYLE: You know, Hugo was big. The big one in '92, even bigger, was Andrew.
CAVUTO: Oh, sure, right.
QUAYLE: Yes. And that happened at — during the election. It was in September, I believe, in '92.
CAVUTO: That's right. You guys couldn't win either way, because...
QUAYLE: Well, you had — we went down and did the best that we could. And, unfortunately, it got somewhat politicized, as you can imagine...
CAVUTO: Right. Right.
QUAYLE: ... a couple months before the campaign.
But my wife, Marilyn, was very involved in disaster relief. She went all over the world. She was in the Philippines when they had an earthquake. I remember a typhoon that hit Bangladesh that, you know, tens of thousands, unfortunately, lost their life there. And she went there.
I was over in Japan. I was actually on a ship that night. We were trying to communicate with her ship, because she staying on a ship off — in Bangladesh.
QUAYLE: We did actually communicate that night. But she has gone all over the world. We had the San Francisco earthquake that happened on...
CAVUTO: Sure, right, at baseball time...
CAVUTO: ... World Series.
QUAYLE: That happened on our watch.
QUAYLE: And, as I said, when you're president and vice president, you get up in the morning and you think you know what the agenda is going to be. You don't.
CAVUTO: Right. And...
CAVUTO: ... go there.
You know, I was thinking, too, we have promised any aid we can, any help we can. That's normally the American position. We're very generous in these events. We don't have a lot of money to be generous with. Do you think it's going to limit how much we can do?
QUAYLE: I doubt it. You know, look, any loss of life is tragic. I don't know how deep, how profound, what this is.
But, no, we will be there. We will be there with money. We will be there as people. There will be a lot of Americans that will go down there. I'm sure the Red Cross is down there. The Salvation Army, which always is at these disasters, will be down there.