August 11th, 2010
02:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Quayle son gets harsh on Obama

 Quayle is out with a dramatic new ad bashing Obama.
Quayle is out with a dramatic new ad bashing Obama.

(CNN) - Ben Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle who is seeking a House seat in Arizona, is making a splash with a new campaign ad in which he looks straight into the camera and declares, "Barack Obama is the worst president in history."

"My generation will inherit a weakened country," Quayle also says solemnly in the new 30-second spot. "Drug cartels in Mexico, tax cartels in DC. What's happened to America? I love Arizona. I was raised right. Someone needs to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place."

Quayle, the 33-year-old son of the former vice president, is one of 10 Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for the third district House seat of retiring Rep. John Shadegg. The Republican-leaning district primarily encompasses Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs.

Quayle recently ran into controversy after admitting to having posted on the controversial website DirtyScottsdale.com four years ago. The racy website features scantily clad women and focuses on profiling the Scottsdale nightclub scene. Quayle told a local TV station Tuesday he posted on the website on behalf of a friend to "drive some traffic."

The primary will be held on August 24.


Filed under: Arizona • Ben Quayle
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Joe

    My sincere sympathies go out to Ben...to be so young and to have such a poor memory. Maybe a nice cup of 'tea' would help.

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Linda, Mormonville, Utah

    Well, his dad was a total loser idiot, so I see the nut doesn't fall far from the tree.

    Quayle and Republicans are delusional - you all think you can pretend the George Bush Presidency didn't happen and that under Georgie, the rich and corporations got filthy rich while we average Americans got the shaft. By the way, just as a reminder of ACTUAL history - George Bush led us into the worst Depression our country has seen. George Bush did that (and the disastrous Republican economic policies). Also, just as a fun FACT, we had the worst case of domestic terrorism happen on George Bush's watch too (yes, Georgie unfortunately was President at the time of 9/11 - so many of you Republicans seem to forget that). Although, I don't blame any President for terrorist attacks, I saw some Republicans the other day actually saying that we were never hit with terrorism under George Bush. Geez, you people don't like the actual facts so you make up your own delusional history. Scary people you all are.

    As far as Quayle goes, really? Is this someone who really is the best and brightest the GOP has to offer? That is scary in itself.

    Just remember all you Republican nitwits - take an actual look at what your Tea Baggers and far right GOP candidates actually believe and want to do. For you filthy rich elitists, you'd get a good deal, but for any of you Republicans that may be middle class or lower, watch out!!!! The candidates you've been heralding hate Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. They hate the EPA (apparently they hate the wildlife and beautiful country we live in), and the tax cuts they are all screaming about will benefit only the rich and corporations - nothing for middle and lower classes. They are upset that their fellow Americans who are out of work are getting help with Unemployment (they don't like that either) and they are not happy that Dems continue to care about those who are unemployed, the elderly, children, poor, etc., because let's face it, these people have no hearts or souls. You are devoid of any morals whatsoever.

    This teabagger quote sums it up (this was actually said in an interview with a Seattle newspaper by Clint Didier, Tea Bagger, supported by Sarah Palin, and sums up how these people feel about their fellow Americans: "We've got to get rid of this 'protecting the weak.' If we keep the weak alive all the time it eats up the strong, and then our economy will never come back" Didier said after a tea-bagger forum in Bellingham. The 'weak' Didier is referring to include: elderly, children, the poor, mentally challenged, unemployed, etc. Wowza, nice Christian sentiment teabaggers! I guess Clint, Sarah, and the tea baggers were right about there being death panels - and they are them!

    You people are all sick and hateful and certainly not Jesus-loving in any way, shape or form. Money is your God.

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Michael

    Obama is the best president I have ever seen with my own eyes or studied in my life. In a mere 18 months, he has instituted health care reform and overhauled the financial system and he is dealing with the worst ever financial crisis. You criticize him for the handling of the financial crisis but you have to give his stimulus time to work. Your comment of the worst in history is not valid. Worse than Harding? Worse than Dubya? When you use hyperbole like that you lose your credibility. If you think he is the worse make an argument rather than an accusation.

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Henry

    Does anyone take seriously the comments of the son of the dumbest VP in history? I think not.

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Futon Torpedo

    Really!?!?! Is this the best the United States can do? These are the future leaders of this great nation? C'mon...we can do better!!!

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Chris

    Right, Bush left a HUGE mess and Obama's trying to clean it up. Who's at fault? Obama!?!? Right, makes complete Republican sense.

    If Republicans want votes maybe they should stop blaming Obama and try apologizing for what THEIR president did over 8 years and promise they'd try to do a better job than Bush. THAT might get them some votes!

    Plus, trying to blame Obama for the drug problems in Mexico? Give me a break!

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Is this a test?

    Are the republicans trying to find out who in their ranks have the lowest IQs and who in America is just as stupid?

    The republicans are no longer a political party. They're a toga party (with all due respect to Animal House), all of them are three sheets to the wind and have pickled brains.

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Amazed

    Are you kidding me. Will the delusional GOP ever wake up? Do they even believe anything that that say for the sake of elections? Sarah Clampett Palin as a Presidend of this great land? Hello.... common sense can you read me?

    The nightmare that was George w. Bush has already won this award hands down and send all the tea baggers, repubs, and racist to China and this country is doing a commendable jog recovering from the two trillion dollars the illegal Bush war cost us and eight years of corporate free reigh....

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Julie in CA

    CNN, your Ticker headline is way over the top! This spawn of another airhead has zero credibility, yet your title,"Obama, Worst in History" serves to feed the ignorant more crap because they likely don't even take the time to read the full article. I laughed when I saw the source...a Qualyle no less! It's a sick April Fool's joke, right? Seriously, is this all the Repubs have anymore?

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Becky Carpenter

    I guess Ben is as dumb as his dad.

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. John

    RE: Eric in Denver: Sir, you are just too silly for words. You DO realize that everything you have complained about regarding Obama was CREATED by your "boys", and this poor sap is trying to fix it anyway he can. In other words, he's TRYING. Whereas your people did nothing but dig this grave (oops, hole) where we now sit. All we hear from your side are complaints, but I'm sure everyone would WELCOME helpful suggestions. Oh yeah, I forgot, YOU ALL have none! You all just like sitting there complaining without doing anything. Much easier to do that than actually HELP! Do you honestly think Obama has created these problems!? Really? And do you really feel that 18 months is enough to fix years and years of ruin laid upon us by Bush, Cheney, etc? It amazes me that so many of you hitch your wagon to a bunch of people that would throw you under the bus at the drop of a hat to save themselves and "hook up" their friends. Read what "GIL" posted, now THAT is a wise person. I can't even believe you dared mention that we're STILL in Iraq/Afghanistan!!! Why the hell are we there in the first place?!

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Big John

    Ha! So what was Bush the best in history? Kid...you like most of the rest of your party have S*** for brains. Did you learn from Palin? President Obama has saved this country from the worst depression since the 1930s. No we're not out of the woods yet but had we continued on the path of the republicans we would have been much worse off. Re-elect President Obama in 2012!

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Ed L

    Hilarious! Mr. FAUX FAMILY MAN criticizes the president for.... exactly what experience does this Quayle person have besides publishing misleading political brochures?
    What tax increases? Only the Bush-protected rich are likely to be looking at tax increases..... OH MY LIBERAL HEART BLEEDS FOR THEM....

    Shut this dope up

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Suzie

    Funny how short memories are, considering Obama got handed a full plate of "mess to fix" from Bush's administration. He was handed a war, the economy in the crapper, banks taking zero responsibility for issuing loans to people who couldn't afford payment, millions of people who lost their homes to the housing market crash and a resession. Oh, lets not forget gas prices that sored up to over $4 a gallong just 3 years ago under Bush. Gas prices are still out of hand. Not an easy job to step into when Obama didn't create the mess in the first place. Shows how narrow minded conservitives are to push the blame on liberals when they now brush their hands off of any responsibility of these issues that they helped create.

    August 11, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Keith in Austin

    @Lori in St. Pete: When will Liberal obambots like you stop blaming Bush and look at reality? Your Democrat leadership has had a stranglehold on Congress for nearly FOUR YEARS!!! Erkel has been President for nearly 2 years now and has SPENT more money on his Big Government Programs than ANY other President in America's history!

    Blaming the prior administration is the DNC gameplan because their performance record is abysmal. YOU and other kool aid drinkers continue to buy the Pelosi,Reid and Obama bs! I trust you will someday realize the error of your ways when your taxes are higher then your take-home pay (if you have a job) and Mother Government has her tenticles in every aspect of your life!

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    To Eric in Denver:

    Just because you make statements doesn't make them true. The National Debt DOUBLED under Junior. And take a look at France & Denmark for healthcare programs that work. Many industry leaders have said the stimulus has worked as it was intended. And immigration is the federal responsibility, not the states.

    Get a grip man. Obama is far from the Messiah some have made him out to be but, these problems didn't suddenly ocurr when he took office. Millions of jobs were lost in Junior's last 2 years in office.

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Bobbo

    To Lori in St Pete,

    You said:

    "You don't know much 'bout history, do ya bennie boy? President Obama didn't "increase spending". "

    What planet are you living on? This is hilarious that you don't think that Obama is spending wayyyyy out of control. You let your hatred for republicans fog your mind. With the stimulus, health care, bailouts, etc. there is over $3 trillion of new spending over the next 10 years. Again, I ask, what planet are you living on? Did you miss all of this?

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Rose

    He seems to forget that his daddy and daddy Bush left us in a recession back in the early 90's, and junior Bush did even worse. Yes, let's give the "country back" to the folks who seem to like driving the country into recessions while their rich friends walk away even richer off the backs of the middle class. You're entitled to your own opinions, but you are not entitled to your own facts. Selective memory? No, just a plain moron!

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Barker

    Maybe he and Levi can run together for president and they can make a reality show about it?

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Hey all you Thrifty McThriftersons out there, You do realize that our economy runs on spending, right? If consumers aren't spending and the private sector isn't spending, guess who has to spend to keep the economy going? I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count. Have a nice day!

    P.S. Ayn Rand was a sociopath.

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. NoWay

    A case of amnesia –

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. Lisa

    Nope – It begins and ends with BUSH! George W. to be exact.

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. josh

    a very smart move. everybody knows Obama is not the worst president in history, but in order to get on the news and get the repulicans vote, you might as well make a comment like this to get everybody look at you, the comment far from the truth but politics at best.

    August 11, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Mark

    As a presidential historian, I'd suggest that Mr. Quayle review the presidential records of Richard Nixon and James Buchanan before he makes the assertion that Obama deserves the title of "worst." It might not hurt for him to review his own father's record as Vice President while he's at it.

    August 11, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Jim in Idaho

    Right.....an idiot raised by the most moronic vice president to have ever held the office. Snap him up Arizona, I'm sure he's just what you need!

    August 11, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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