Former Vice President Dan Quayle blasted the Clinton administration Saturday as the most corrupt in U.S. history and said the sooner it goes, the better.
Quayle, who said he is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, said the White House turmoil over sexual allegations had so distracted President Clinton that the nation suffers from weak leadership.
"I believe this is the most corrupt, most arrogant administration in the history of our republic and the sooner they go the better for all America," Quayle said in a speech to 1,500 Texas Republican activists.
Clinton has been accused of having a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky and making sexual advances toward former White House volunteer Kathleen E. Willey.
He has denied the allegations. But Quayle said the charges against him were "very serious" and it was possible the president would not serve out his full term.
Quayle, vice president under President George Bush, said he would not decide until next year whether to seek the presidency.
Polls have shown him running well behind Texas Gov. George W. Bush as the favorite for the Republican nomination.