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. Bobby

    white people love blaming all their problems on minorities...its been this way for centuries....nothing new here

    August 11, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Andrew Ogilvie

    Getting a little desperate aren't we Republicans?

    August 11, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. Joe

    His comment demonstrates a basic lack of understanding of history. He certainly would not get my vote.

    August 11, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. RedNeck_Ted

    Your FATHER was the WORST Vice President in history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. bob

    ya, this guy is about as bright as his father. it is still clearly a
    country destroyed by bush-cheney and the republicans.

    August 11, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. chris b

    At 33, I'm sure he has a great grasp of history and experience with other historical figures.

    That said, I think Obama is doing FANTASTIC! (and I'm 33)

    August 11, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Mike from KC

    Ben, the majority of Americans were all raised right. What makes you so special?
    What are you going to bring to Congress that hasn't been seen before? Are you going to sign a pledge that you won't sell out to the Republican party platform?
    What fresh ideas are you going to bring to DC, or will it be more of the same BS that we have seen where gridlock and filibuster is the game, and nothing gets done?

    Running on a campaign that calls President Obama the 'worst president in history' is not a good start. Try running on ideas that EVERYONE, regardless of political, religious, and social affiliation can agree on, and get behind.

    The American people are smarter than you think, and can smell BS, and the same rhetoric pretty well. We are tired of the same politics as usual, regardless of what party is in control.
    The days of mudslinging campaigns are over. If you don't have any new ideas to get this country moving, then I suggest you sit down and shut up!

    August 11, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Oh My God!

    A Quayle calling someone the worst in history???!!!!! I will never forget the shame everyone felt when his syupid father could not spell a second grade vocabulary word. What is worse is the fact he will have someone's vote. I do not want to see anymore. These stupid republicans are coming out of the woodwork. YUK! Another dumb Quayle!

    August 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. E. Tree

    "Quayle told a local TV station Tuesday he posted on the website on behalf of a friend to "drive some traffic."

    What is it about GOPers and strip clubs? They can't stay away. What amorality. And this fellow's father who "raised [him] right" is thought to be one of the leading conservative "minds" in the country?

    The Republican party is de-evolving. Vote for it at your own risk.

    August 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Yes we need someone to bust the hell out of Washington. The other option is, Read Carefully Folks, a depression. Have a job? Out of a job? Need a job?
    We need someone meaner than a Junkyard Dog. John Wayne isn't avaliable. So who? I've got it, you ain't gonna like this you mamby pambys, Sarah Palin. She is a female John Wayne if I ever saw one. You're gonna love her! I promise.

    August 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Obama Sucks

    Thank you to the retards that voted this man as our leader. 65 Million spent on a vacation while Americans are suffering. We need a president with balls that can actually stand up and fight for what this country was founded on. We need someone that can say to h*ll with over sensitivity. You dont like it, leave. We used to be a country everyone dreamed of moving to. My grandfather moved from England to this great nation. He would vomit if he saw where we were now. This is nothing to be proud of anymore. Our rights are going out the door. Our taxes are going to be larger than our pay. We will have a lottery system for healthcare. YEA! I can't wait to see how much worse (N)Obama can make our country.

    August 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. John

    Once again, leave it to these weepy, spoiled little brat Republicans to just cry without offering a solution. Real Americans would stand by their President and offer HELP, not empty criticism. If it were the other way around these same Republicans would scream for the offender's head. Sour grapes since day one of the present administration.
    Oh yes, one other thing: How on earth can anyone take this putz seriously? I mean, another Quayle?! You just can't make this stuff up can you?

    August 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. LitX

    Someone has obviously not studied history.

    Best not. It would only upset him further.

    August 11, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. L

    So what's he proposing to do about the drug cartels in Mexico? The cartels export drugs and import weapons, leaving them more powerful than the local police and military.

    Does he propose to

    Curtail sales of weapons in the US to disarm them? - NOT

    Legalize drugs to remove their cash source? - NOT

    Send troops to Mexico to aid the Mexican forces? - NOT
    ....

    In the end, it's just more of the same... continued failed war against drugs. More and more border walls that are only marginally effective. Never threaten the NRA by controlling the cartel's ability to buy high power weapons.

    It's easy to say someone is bad.... much harder to craft a viable response that is more than just a campaign slogan.

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. Jason

    The reason we are in such a weakened position right now is because we actually vote for people like this. There is no evidence whatsoever that Obama is even a bad president much less "the worst ever", but the hysterical and idiotic sound bite that this generates will get votes.

    People should be upset that Quayle jr. is insulting the intelligence of the American public with such an obvious and disgusting use of hyperbole.

    Shame on him and shame on the people that actually vote for this moron.

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Lisa

    You aren't half the man your father was and he had his issues. Ben, you don't know beans about who is good or who is bad. Where were you during the Bush administration which caused all of this pain and suffering? Obama was left to clean up their mess. Stay in Arizona with the rest of the rednecks. We don't want you involved in US politics.

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Tom

    You got right!!!! 100%.. get the socialist out of Washington!

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. pat garrett

    Big Spuds Little tuber

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. muldoon in ohio

    I predict this guy will be last in the GOP primary for representative, unless, of course, there are a lot of other idiots in Ariz who think the same way. But who knows, maybe he'll get the nomination and win the election, thus becoming the worst representative in congress, just like his dad was the worst VP ever....

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Stevo

    The stupidity gene does run in families!

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Nick

    No one can argue that Barack has made an unprecedented campaign to make people more dependent on government. If you gage a president on how he executes the founding father's intentions, I'd have to agree that Barrack Obama would be the worst president we've ever had. He's destroying the free-market in exchange for crowd-pleasing pork legislation that has only stifled an already sputtering economy. 18 months and still unemployment at 9.5%? Sounds like its time to put the blame on the current administration.

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. H Jacks

    Ah yes, A boy-cum-grownup male version of Sarah Palin. It's so easy to bash a sitting president when you've NEVER held elective office (or walked away from one when the going got rough). Sincere look, catchy one-liners you don't have to be responsible for, oh yes, that's when you have ALL the answers.
    This poor lad hasn't read the history books from when his father was VP until now or he'd now how we got into this mess to begin with. Never mind his problems with the math.

    Please AZ, you have enough problems without electing such a naif.

    August 11, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Sara

    Isn't it a little early to be declaring Obama the worst president ever? Heck he has not even finished his first term yet. Also, how is Obama to blame for the drug cartels in Mexico? What a dumb ad.

    August 11, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. jackie Verril

    When hear an incumbent running for office , any office , being very negative about the present office holder, I tend to not trust that person running because all he is running on is a negative ad about the present office holder. Seems all the republicans and other conservatives , so called talking heads, Lumbaugh, Riley, Carr, seem to have to call out current president names in order to get their point across, which they really fail to do. Tell me what you will do when you run for congress or the president 's job.

    August 11, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. ABM

    He is off to a great start huh? Where does he get his facts from Fox News or Sarah Palin's Post-its? Was his father a President? No!

    Here is my response. Grow up!

    Just what we need is ANOTHER obstructionist who thinks he is better than anyone else. Leadership means WORKING WITH people and the OTHER party to get things accomplished. He is just another Republican loser who is bitter that Obama is actually getting things done. I am Republican and I have to say it is a sorry state of affairs right now for this country when you see such disrespect for the office of the President. He does NOT get my vote or support.

    Prove to me and America that you can do more than sling mud and cry because you did not get your way. Better yet don't waste your campain dollars bashing people. There should be rules for conduct that ban this because it leads us nowhere.

    August 11, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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