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Former Vice President Dan Quayle talks President Trump, 2020 election (Part 2)

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Posted at 5:57 AM, Jul 01, 2020

READ PART 1: Former Vice President Dan Quayle recalls serving alongside President George H.W. Bush

He may have been a Senator from Indiana, but Dan Quayle has always had roots in Arizona that run deep to this day.

"What I love about Arizona is the openness, the liberty, the terrain," explains Quayle.

From the time he was 6 years old until he was 16, Quayle lived in the Valley and even attended Scottsdale High School.

"Scottsdale High School...they were very nice to me because after they knocked the school down, they sent me a brick and I still have this brick."

And he still calls the Valley home to this day.

"Many of my grandchildren were born in Arizona, so you're now seeing second, third, and fourth generation."

As his own family has grown and changed, so has the rest of the state. Arizona is now considered to be a key swing state -- both sides are trying to lure Arizona's Independent voters, who make up about one-third of the state's electorate.

Vice President Quayle says he already knows who he will be casting his ballot for in the election.

"I will be voting for President Trump," he reveals. "I'm very close to Mike Pence. In this case, I'll be voting very much for the bottom of the ticket. Mike Pence has been a friend of mine for 30 years. I've been more or less his mentor. And there is a lot of focus these days on who the VP is going to be."

Vice President Quayle says President Trump's actions speak louder than his words.

"I've adopted this thing where I don't listen to or watch what he says that much anymore. I just watch what he does. If you listen to him and you read the tweets, and you follow all the attacks, it's not a pretty picture. But if you look at what he's done -- he had this economy in good shape, less regulation, less taxes, good judiciary, strong forceful position against China, making the Allies share more of the burden. He's done a lot of good things. Therefore, that's what I do."

ABC15's Nick Ciletti asked if he felt as though President Trump stokes division and tries to divide instead of unite. Vice President Quayle responded by saying, "The country is divided. President Obama was very divisive. The legacy of Barack Obama is Donald Trump. The country was divided when they elected Donald Trump and it's still divided. I do think we need to focus a little more on some reconciliation and healing and things of that sort. But the country has been divided for quite some time and that's very unfortunate."

READ PART 3: Vice President Dan Quayle talks Joe Biden, leadership, police reform and more