Mitch Harper of Fort Wayne Observed was on WOWO Radio's Morning News Thursday with Steve Shine sitting in for Charly Butcher. You can listen to the brief interview here.
The sound volume of the telephone patch ebbed somewhat at the end.
It served as something of a "billboard" to touch on Fort Wayne Observed for WOWO listeners. It should have been mentioned that Fort Wayne Observed is also accessible by clicking on the FWOb link on the front page of the WOWO.com website.
Former Vice-President Dan Quayle joined Mr. Shine at 8:35 A.M. The former Indiana Senator and Congressman was fighting a scratchy throat during his interview. Ed Feigenbaum of Indiana Daily Insight summarized the Vice-President's remarks. The summary may be viewed on the continuation page of this post.
From Indiana Daily Insight:
"North Korea is in defiance of not just the United States," but other countries when they "launched those missiles." Presumably phone lines are burning up throughout Washington with officials running through a "number of options." "You gotta be proactive on this," the former Veep asserts. "You can go as far as taking out some of those missile sites or you can heighten sanctions," and he expects that the intermediate step of sanctions is likely. North Korea is desperate and "Kim Jung Il is a desperate man." The U.S. needs to deal with it, and a key player will be China. "China has leverage over North Korea." He adds, "If they really want North Korea to knock this off, they can do it," and "It’s really in the Chinese best interest to quash this sooner, rather than later."
On the domestic front, he believes that immigration is a key. "It's very important to get an immigration bill," and it will be politically problematic if no bill is approved, showing that Congress and the President, can’t get things done. He believes that there will be "a consensus bill" that makes it out. Meanwhile, there are "a lot of good things going on," with the "economy going well" and "inflation in check." But he does see one overhanging issue. Our "biggest problem, Steve, is Iraq .... How that will play out in the election, we’ll have to wait and see."
As for the Quayle family, he is now a grandfather, with a granddaughter living in Hong Kong. Marilyn Quayle is now retired from the practice of law, and "She’s a professional sculptor now," with a mentor in Italy whom she visits frequently.