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. No Incumbents 2010

    America loves political dynasties like the Bushes, the Kennedys, and now the Quayles. We prefer to vote for a name we recognize because it's easier than considering the candidate's qualifications.

    February 12, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. harold

    Probably a nice fellow.. But how do we get out of the Great Recession.?... By downsizing government ..cut it in half? And why not cut Health Insurance costs.. now at 17% of USA gnp.... while all other countries get by for all its people for much less at around 9% of their gnp.. What gives political people?.... How long can you fool the people...... Republicans? You cannot cut the spending and debt while cutting un-employment... can you?

    February 12, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    Hopefully, he is not as stupid as dad.They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree,I guess that is true,look at Cheney and his spawn.

    February 12, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Mad Matt

    Another Quayle in congress? "Ben" there done that, thank you very much. This would be a case of "Dumb and Dumber does D.C."

    February 12, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. Bill in VT

    "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."

    So let me get this straight... all the haters on here want the mess to remain (and get worse) and they want reckless spending to continue, and the debt burden to crush our country. Does that pretty much sum it up?

    Geez, stop being so partisan and hateful.

    February 12, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    Well, well, well. The same crybabies attacking Ben Quayle, the SON of forrner VP Quayle are the same one lamenting the retirement of Patrick Kennedy, the SON of the late Senator Kennedy! Can anyone else see the irony?? It is either a party first bias or just plain ole hypocrisy!

    February 12, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Mike in Dallas

    "Read my lips. No new Potatoes"

    February 12, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    Oh darn I was hopin for a different VP. Not another Republican

    February 12, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Dean

    I am not surprised at the empty negative comments about a person that is completely unknown to the rednecks posting in here.

    February 12, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. Mark

    I'm sure he will make his Dad proud.

    February 12, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    I loved Dan Quayle!! He should be president!

    February 12, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. j

    If he's as dumb as his father, he shouldn't bother – not that most voters are all that smart but, really people, why do we keep getting these really DUMB candidates.

    February 12, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    "The reckless spending and crushing debt burden must be stopped."
    See, Obama believes that he was elected to spend our tax dollars but somebody forgot to tell him that he was really supposed to MANAGE our tax dollars. He just got the wrong message! And who in their right mind would elect someone to manage something big when they never even managed something small to begin with?!?! I guess they just got caught up in the historic nature of it all....

    February 12, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. Rasabu

    You've got to be kidding, a Republican stopping rampant spending... let's not forget it was George W. Bush who led 8 straight years of government expansion. It was George W. Bush who put together the groundwork for the bailout of Wall Street. IT is Republicans who have stonewalled the passage of health care reform-reform that would reduce the $ spent by the American government and the American people on health care. Then, of course, lest we forget, let's talk about pork barrel spending. Wasn't it Senator Shelby of Alabama who is preventing the approval of over 70 Obama appointees to various government jobs? The longer Senator Shelby holds up these appointments, the more American taxpayers will have to shell out for someone not qualified to do the jobs of these appointees. Of course, then there is Senator Shelby's argument for holding up the appointments: he is angry the Defense Department wants to abandon a project that would occur in his state, creating jobs.These jobs would produce equipment paid for by the American tax payer. Right now, electing a Republican to Washington is like saying, " I want the American people to have to continue to pay for all programs created by George W. Bush and the rest of the Republican representatives. Now, if Qualye ran as an independent and supported things independents support, that would be a completely different story.

    February 12, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. LAW

    Nothing displays the ignorance of the posters here more than giving opinions about a man you don't even know. Personally, I would have to learn more about him before making a decision–but such restraint sure is foreign to those who trumpet their ignorance AND their stupidity so loudly. You have no credibility at all...none, and you are irrelevant. You are an embarrassment to the human race.

    Obama can say there are 57 states, after a month in the White House he can still walk into a window thinking it's a door, he can require a teleprompter to speak to a class of sixth graders, he can mispronounce words worse than Bush, (and on and on and on) and all this is accepted in stride with blind allegiance. But let the son of a man who was given a wrongly spelled cue card decades ago dare to go public, and you attack like fire ants with your venom. What a disgusting lot you are.

    February 12, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. GOPBslapper

    Palin / Quayle = Dumb and Dumber

    February 12, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Kathleen

    My generation is going to..............................................clean up................................................Oh, really! He looks old.

    February 12, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Sarah

    Wonder if he can pronounce "corpsmen"?

    February 12, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Oh No!! Not ANOTHER quayle!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 12, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Lord, I had put that name out of my mind and now CNN had to go and remind me. I certainly hope he changes his last name, otherwise he doesn't stand a chance. Sounds like he's spewing the same Republican propaganda his dad did.

    February 12, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  21. Fooled Again


    February 12, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Terry from West Texas

    1. Let us not torment poor Quayle Sr. with a simple spelling mistake that most of us could have made. English spelling is, of course, idiotic, inconsistent, and non-intuitive. It's a first class language except for that. I would not want to take a 100 word high school senior spelling test.

    2. Let us never forget that it was the series of weak Conservative presidents who ran up that deficit in the first place. The score:

    1789-1980 $0.016 trillion per year X 0.007 trillion = $1.5 trillion
    Reagan-Bush $0.187 trillion per year X 8 years = $1.5 trillion deficit
    Bush-Quayle $0.375 trillion per year X 4 years = $1.5 trillion deficit
    Clinton-Gore $0.187 trillion per year X 8 years = $1.5 trillion deficit*
    Bush-Cheney $0.625 trillion per year X 8 years = $5.0 trillion deficit

    *Clinton overspent $2 trillion but by the end of his term he had his budget in the black, and he paid back $0.5 trillion – something no Conservative has done.

    February 12, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |

    So he wouldn't have bailed out the banks? His solution would have been to let everything fail? Cause a depression with 30 to 40% unemployment? This is the GOP talking point. Sounds good on the surface, don't spend any money, but when anyone with a brain looks at the whole picture realizes it had to be done, period. These guys (and women) who talk the straight GOP line are idiots!

    February 12, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  24. RBD

    And you thought George Jr. was stupid... Wait til you see how this guy compares to his daddy. What a joke. God help us all if the Republicans ever get back in power. We are all doomed if that happens.

    February 12, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. andy

    You can laugh at Quayle and Palin;but,they are still better than what we have now.The people have spoken-Scott Brown and the GOP are coming and will not be interested in working with the Dems,will not have to per Newsweek,Nov. will be a mass exodus of Dems because 1 year and nothing done.Can not blame that on anyone but Obama/Dems.

    February 12, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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