Dan Quayle: Trump Is A Winner

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Former Republican Vice President Dan Quayle heaped praise on Donald Trump Thursday, calling the billionaire businessman a “winner” and saying the party must unite around Trump.

“I totally misjudged his ability to win. But for somebody that has really no experience in politics to be able to start off and to win with a strong field and not even go to the convention — that he is the presumptive nominee a month before we have our final primaries — is quite remarkable,” Quayle told CNN. “He’s a winner so I’m sure he’ll figure it out.”

In November, Quayle said, “I think [Trump] possibly could win the nomination.”

Quayle joins fellow former vice president Dick Cheney in supporting Trump. The men they served with, George H.W Bush and George W. Bush, have remained mum on whether they will support the New York businessman.

“The party has to unite around him,” Quayle said.

Hillary Clinton may be more qualified than Trump “on paper,” he said, but “he’s more qualified in the sense that the American people, I think, want an outsider,” he told NBC.

He suggested that Trump choose Ohio Sen. [crscore]Rob Portman[/crscore] as a running mate. “Man of stature, substance,” Quayle said.