Authentication Materials:

  1. Speech Title exactly as it to be printed: “Murphy Brown Speech.”
  2. Exact Date and Place of Speech Delivery: 19 May 1992. Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA.
  3. Complete Name of Speaker, with year of birth and year of death: James Danforth Quayle, III, (1947-).
  4. Complete name of editor or compiler of electronic text, with indication of role: Jill M. Weber, compiler and editor.
  5. Date of electronic edition: 2006.
  6. Languages: English (100%).
  7. Library of Congress Classification: E840.8
  8. Indication of editing functions performed: Jill M. Weber transcribed the speech text from the audio recording and compared text to other available copies of the speech. She edited and proofread the text in 2006.

Bibliographic List of Sources:

Quayle, Dan. 1992a. “The Vice President Speaks.” Commonwealth Club of California, (accessed 31 May 2006). [= A]

Quayle, Dan. 1992b. “Address to the Commonwealth Club of California.”, (accessed 31 May 2006). [= B]

Quayle, Dan. 1992c. “The Vice President Speaks.” Commonwealth Club of California (accessed 31 May 2006). [= C]

Quayle, Dan. [1992d] 1992. “Restoring Basic Values: Strengthening the Family.” Vital Speeches of the Day 58 (September): 711-12. [= D]

Statement of Editorial Procedures:

With the exception of vocal emphasis, no attempt has been made to represent audio-visual characteristics of the principal source (or copy-text) of this edition, namely Quayle 1992a [= A].

The copy-text is Quayle 1992a [= A], an audio recording of the delivered speech. This selection was based upon the plausible efficacy of the delivered speech and the relatively large number of viewers of the speech both on the radio, in television clips, and subsequently in various venues. Except where specified in notes, Quayle 1992a [= A] is followed for audience interruptions.

Quayle 1992b [= B] is followed for spelling, punctuation, and paragraphing. Vocal disfluencies have been corrected without comment.

Paragraph numbers were added in brackets.

The text of this edition has been thoroughly checked and proofread. The text does not depart from the copy-text or general editorial principles.

All double quotation marks are rendered with “, all single quotation marks with

This copy-text is not subject to end-of-line hyphenation.

Departures from the copy-text and general editorial procedures are as follows (reference numbers specify paragraph in which the departure occurs):

1 Just as a point of interest B: Just as a as a point of interest A
2 Let me tell you something, and speaking B: Let me tell you something. Let me tell you something, and speaking A
9 I’ll readily accept B: I’ll readily readily accept A
10 And if we as a society B: And if we as a as a society A
12 I believe the lawless social B: I believe the lawless lawless social A
21 let’s look at one unfortunate legacy B: let’s look at one of the unfortunate let’s look at one unfortunate legacy A
22 the turbulent legacy B: the turbulent turbulent legacy A
24 our inner cities B: our inner inner cities A
30 spur entrepreneurship B: spur to spur entrepreneurship A
32 single mother B: single mother mother A
34 children whom they have B: children who whom they have A
39 Even though B: Even even though A
42 In the Content of Our Character, Shelby Steele wrote: “The responsible person knows that the quality of his life is something that he will have to make inside the limits of his fate. Some of these limits he can push back, some he cannot, but in any case the quality of his life will pretty much reflect the quality of his efforts” (p.33). Quayle misspoke Steele’s quotation in A. The copy text (A) includes Quayle’s statement as he spoke it, following B for capitalization and punctuation, including the insertion of ellipses.