Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), in a surprising gesture toward the opposition party, told a convention of newspaper editors in Boston that Republican vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle has been unfairly portrayed in the news media.
“It has not been a fair characterization of him,” said Kennedy in a speech Wednesday at the Associated Press Managing Editors convention. “Most of his colleagues would say he does a lot better in give-and-take in the Senate. I’ve worked with him and he does a better job on the (Senate) floor.”
Kennedy said he was impressed with Quayle when they co-sponsored the Jobs Training Partnership Act. He also called Quayle a “forceful, vigorous” defender of the conservative issues he espouses.
He also criticized the 1988 presidential campaign, saying that the press and politics have become dangerously intertwined. “Substance has been overwhelmed by image,” he said.