• With: Dan Quayle, former vice president

    This is a rush transcript from "Your World," September 10, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


    Former Vice President Dan Quayle here to tell me, exclusively, relax; it is the same Mitt Romney.

    The president is always very, very relaxed.


    CAVUTO: But you heard, sir, from Tea Partiers the like that they are getting antsy. They are getting nervous. They don’t like the way the party is behaving now that it's back for its brief period in Congress, and they don't like the way their presidential nominee is sounding.

    What do you think?


    Let's take Congress first. You have got to have a reality check here, as you would say. The Republicans control the House, the Democrats control the Senate, and the Democrats control the White House.

    Now, if you're going to get something done, all three have to work together. You would think, by listening to a lot of the media, that the Republicans in the Congress run the show. They don't run the show.

    As a matter of fact, of the three, they are the weakest. I served in the House. I served in the Senate and I've been in the White House. And the House is -- from a political point of view, it's the weakest. That's the way the framers made it.

    So, the idea that nothing's getting done, the reason nothing is getting done -- and I concur with whoevers saying that -- is because there's no leadership from the president. The president has to lead. He has to lead the Congress. He's got to work with the House and he's got to work with the Senate. He's been AWOL basically since last March or April. He basically said I'm just going to go campaign. And he's been in campaign mode.

    CAVUTO: But it's not as if the Republicans are without fault, right, Mr. Vice President?

    QUAYLE: Well...

    CAVUTO: I mean, when they agreed to this sequestration thing and all the automatic cuts, and now some of them are trying to back away from that, it does make one question how serious...

    QUAYLE: OK. That's a whole different deal. That was a budget deal that they made at the 11th hour.

    CAVUTO: Now they are trying to worm out of it.

    QUAYLE: Well, now they are trying to figure out what is going to happen.

    Well, look, if Romney gets elected, they'll kick the can down the road for six months. And I think that Mitt Romney has a better chance of getting the House and Senate to work on something that is good for the country than does Obama. If Obama gets elected, it'l be done during the lame-duck, and President Obama might just let the whole thing go. He doesn't mind...


    CAVUTO: ... Mitt Romney with the scare, Mr. Vice President, is that Mitt Romney might not be who some of them cynically say he is, that when it came to endorsing the features of the president's health care plan, which might be very meritorious, protecting those with preexisting conditions, your kids, et cetera, that is not as unequivocal as he was a couple weeks ago at the convention, saying, I'm going to rip this thing apart my first very day in office.

    QUAYLE: Well, but the clip you showed, it said repeal and replace. It wasn't just repeal. It was repeal and replace. And that's what been...

    CAVUTO: So you don't think he's trying to run himself to the middle?

    QUAYLE: No, you -- well, look, he's going after the Independents and he is going after the 10 percent that supposedly haven't made up their mind, obviously. But is he changing his mind? Is he changing? Is he flip-flopping, which a lot of his critics like to say?

    No. He's said all along repeal and replace.


    CAVUTO: You might have heard that Tea Partier who might have been unfairly getting his nose out of joint.

    But I've heard from others like him, Mr. Vice President, who say, well, wait a minute, we're annoyed.

    Your son in Arizona was beaten by a far more conservative candidate who said that your son, fairly or not, represented an accepting, acquiescing wing of the Republican Party. I don't think that was quite fair, but that there is a battle going on among Republicans, and they're not all happy campers.

    QUAYLE: No, my son is a conservative. He's still in the Congress. He tries to get something done. Some people just don't care about getting anything done. You have to get things done.

    Are you going to compromise your principals? No. You have certain principles that are -- you're just not going to compromise. But you have to get things done to move the country forward.


    CAVUTO: Do you think Tea Partiers are hurting the party?

    QUAYLE: No, I think the Tea Party's heart is clearly in the right way.

    But when they start going after Mitt Romney, saying that he is flip- flopping, he's not one of us when he says preexisting conditions ought to stay as part of the law, to me that's replacing the ObamaCare.

    ObamaCare, the objection is the mandate. And that's really the whole thing. It's the mandate and the increased costs that are going to go into the health care system.

    So, as I said, I just heard your tape. I didn't find anything inconsistent at all.

    CAVUTO: Yes.

    It did hearken back to me, though, sir, when you and George Bush Sr. were running. There was always this sort of angst among the core conservatives that, hey, are they what they appear to be? And I'm not saying it is that way now.