n. The rallying cry for supporters of Dan Quayle's bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000.
Just as we were getting overloaded with Y2K stuff, the Dan Quayle crowd came up with this battle cry: Q2K! Yes, it was Quayle 2000 — and we emphasize was.
—James Romenesko, “The exciting world of tech '99 (enough already with the dot.com promotions),” Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), December 13, 1999
"Starting in this town, in this place, at this hour, we will fight back," Mr. Quayle said forcefully, prompting cheers of "Q2K!" from about 6,000 foot-stomping Hoosiers in the gymnasium of Huntington North High School, where he graduated in 1965.
—Richard L. Berke, “Quayle Enters G.O.P. Race With Vow to Protect Values,” The New York Times, April 15, 1999
1999 (earliest)
"Prosperity without values is no prosperity at all," Quayle told a cheering crowd of more than 5,000 at his former high school. Fireworks, rock music and bellows of "Q2K!" made his the most festive presidential announcement speech so far this year.
—“Quayle announces presidential bid,” Chicago Tribune, April 14, 1999
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