Tuesday, November 17, 1998 Published at 14:14 GMT
Toeing the party line
The president's speech had a mixed impact
Political reaction to President Bill Clinton's admission of a relationship with former White House worker Monica Lewinsky is being fought largely on party lines.
Other republicans were more restrained but disappointed that Mr Clinton used his televised speech to attack the independent prosecutor, Kenneth Starr.
Mr Quayle said: "(He should) do what's in the best interest of the country. The best way to put this behind us is for Bill Clinton to leave."
He said: "The president should resign. He should step aside and allow Vice President Al Mr Gore to come in and attempt to restore some level of moral sanity and dignity to the White House."
Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson said: "America could have been spared this entire sad saga if the president had told the truth in the first place."
Lawrence Eagleburger, a former Secretary of State in the George Bush administration, said he believed the president would survive - but in a much weakened state.
He told BBC Radio 4: "I don't much like him as president but I don't want to see him impeached.
"This is one Republican who does not think the country can take a much weakened president. The world is too important and we'll all pay a price."
Democrats look ahead
Vice President Gore and Secretary of State Madeline Albright led the Democrat defence.
Mrs Albright said: "I have complete confidence in the president.
"He is doing a terrific job for the United States both domestically and in terms of our foreign policy."
Mr Harkin said: "We are all human. We all make mistakes - even a president. Most Americans share my belief that it's in our best interests to put this behind us and move on."