February 12th, 2010
06:26 PM ET
8 years ago

Former Vice President's son running for Congress

Dan Quayle's son announced Friday his intention to run for Congress.

Dan Quayle's son announced Friday his intention to run for Congress.

(CNN) – Dan Quayle's son is running for Congress.

Ben Quayle announced Friday that he will seek the Arizona House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. John Shadegg.

"My generation is going to have to clean up the mess made by the politicians in Washington," Quayle said in a statement. "The reckless spending and crushing debt burden must be stopped."

According to the statement put out by a spokesman, the younger Quayle is managing director of Tynwald Capital, "a firm specializing in the acquisition and nurturing of small business."

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  1. Keith Calhoun

    If Bush would have canned his old man I would have voted for Bush. Could you see Quayle in the White House. Not me

    February 12, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Dave

    Dan Quayle needs to send a big boquet of roses to Sarah Palin. Since she upped the level for how much stupidity is acceptable from a political candidate, Quayle doesn't look like nearly as big a moron in comparison.

    February 12, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Inglorious...

    Wonder how far the apple fell from that tree? Guessing not too far, but who knows.

    As for the earlier article about blamng bush - duh. His economic policies, his "hands off" view of federal regulation and the appointees who shared that philosophy, his massive destabalizing tax cuts, and of course his illegal war (1 trillion and counting) are undeniably the fault of the republicons and bush. And for the record...Democrats did not get "control" of congress until 2009. The senate was 49-49 with 2 independantys, one an I who although nominally a Democrat usually votes with the repubs, and one an I who is actually the only ACTUAL socialist in the US government. If this congress is using the filibuster in flagrant abuse of the principle, the last congress was at least as bad. They had a record number of filibusters that is until this congress beat them out. So - Pelosi and the Democratic House passed all sorts of reform legislation only to see it shot down in the senate from 07-09. Sort of like now, only worse. If memory serves the Democrats in the House passed the entire platform they ran on in 06 within 100 hours of legislative session, and almost none of it got to the president. And on those rare occasions when it did, bush finall used the veto for the first times in his entore residency. He had not found it necessary before since the republicons simply passed everything he demanded, and when they passed something he did not agree with he did not want to embarras them so he simply added a signing statement saying he was not going to follow the law he just signed.

    February 12, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. polly

    Can he spell his vegetables?

    February 12, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. joann


    February 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Hannah

    I hope he's smarter than his dad who was not the brightest bulb in the room.

    February 12, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We thought that some of the original tea party was ok and had a right to voice their opinions until the neocon fascists took them over.We know they are out to take over the world with their pro global BS.

    February 12, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. RTB

    Ho Hum
    Here we go. Another empty suit wanna be.

    February 12, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. aliou

    More Palins would not hurt the republican party. Instead. They would now become the party of the bush and palins (dummies)

    February 12, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. aliou

    Wonders shall never end in the tea(or shall we say chew tabacco rum) party. One more palin, ... without the lipstick

    February 12, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. aliou

    The difference between a Quyle and a Palin? Lipstick.!

    February 12, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Mike

    Is he the one with ear ring which Dan was talking about on Jay Leno. Sarah Palin for President ;Ben Quale for VP they can then together keep an eye on Russia as well as the lower 48 from their backyards....

    February 12, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    Does he at least understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child?

    February 12, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Ain't life strange?

    You mean he's running as a Democrat? All of this spending is the result of Rebublican indifference to logic.

    February 12, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. Diana

    Just keep him away from Cheney. He might accidently shoot him on one of his quail hunts.

    I wonder if his spelling is better than his father and if he'll get the women to vote for him because they like his hair too. – Remember that's what the first Bush said would help him with the ladies?

    February 12, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Lance Cope

    So you are running as democrat Ben? Otherwise you need to rethink your message. Or you have a huge learning curve.

    February 12, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Nevada dude

    OH my God you've got to be kidding!

    " the younger Quayle is managing director of Tynwald Capital, a firm specializing in the acquisition and nurturing of small business"
    Translation: a Mini-Me Gordon Gekko.

    this guy cant even articulate a unique interpretation of typical Republican talking points, so how is it that he is going to change the "reckless spending and crushing debt" in washington? is he going to cut defense spending? NO! is he going to scale back Social security and Medicare? Not on your life! is he going to raise taxes tp pay back the national debt? Keep dreaming! So how is he going to reform washington? HE'S NOT.

    February 12, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. La Chatte

    Congress should give some thought to enacting a law prohibiting AZ politicians from seeking national office.

    February 12, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. W l Jones

    He will be all right VIP in retirement!

    February 12, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Rhona Ottolina

    We are at War!

    February 12, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Sam

    Just what we need-another neocon GOP loser running for Congress. As long as he's associated with the dimbulbs who created this mess in the first place and can do nothing but criticize President Obama for trying to fix it, he doesn't stand a chance of being elected. But the losers, wingnuts, and halfwits who make up most of the teabbagger faction these days will turn out for him, as well as post ignorant remarks here against Obama and Democrats.

    February 12, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Palin and Quayle - that's an 11 ..

    Two ones standing side by side. ha ha ha ha ha

    February 12, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Soembody needs to tell him "Quayle" season is over.

    February 12, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Politics2010

    Hope he can spell "tomato."

    February 12, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Jim in San Mateo

    Yes, but can he spell???

    February 12, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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