August 12th, 2010
02:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats fire back at Quayle over Obama snub

Ben Quayle, (left) son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, said Obama is the 'worst president in history.'
Ben Quayle, (left) son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, said Obama is the 'worst president in history.'

Washington (CNN) - Top Democrats are firing back at House candidate Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, for running a new campaign ad that slashes President Obama by calling him "the worst president in history."

Brad Woodhouse, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, told CNN that the candidate for a U.S. House seat from Arizona has no standing to judge Obama.

"The son of the worst vice president ever may think he has some wisdom on the job performance of political leaders, but if he thinks a president whose actions have saved the country from a second Great Depression, reformed a broken health care system and protected consumers from the risk and greed of Wall Street merits such mention, his analysis is only slightly less ridiculous than his candidacy for public office is," said Woodhouse.

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.

In the new 30-second spot Quayle declares: "My generation will inherit a weakened country. 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."


Filed under: Ben Quayle • DNC • President Obama
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Dashiki

    Like father, like son, they always say stupit sh&%&...Who gave this monor some air time?

    August 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Norman Cador

    This clown don't have a clue about what would qualify a good or bad President.Mr Obama has only been in office for 20 months why don't this little fool go back to grade school.Dumber then Sara Palin.

    August 12, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. scarey

    This dude is proof positive that his daddy (and his granddaddy)should have been sterilized before they were given any opportunity to breed - Jeeeez!

    August 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Barbara

    I was considering voting for quayle because is previous commercial
    had been clean but not after this one call our president the worst
    president, Just another no vote on any policy. We can't have people
    like that we have enough now.

    August 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Missy

    As a citizen and voter, the guy is entitled to his opinion and his right of free speech. Has as much standing to criticize the president as Woodhouse has to criticize him and his father. That's America!

    August 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. mario

    potatoe jr. just what az needs is a another spoon fed never worked a day in his life wing nut! Mccain, Kyle, now this idiot. It is hard to be a person with a brain in AZ.

    August 12, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Jill-IN

    The Ben Quayle comments and the video are laughable. I'm glad they are no longer Hoosiers.

    August 12, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Michael

    Quayle, get a job and I mean a real job.
    You look like a used-car salesman. Guess thats better than your dad's job and job-performance.
    How is your spelling?

    August 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Erin

    I may not know Ben Quayle or his political stances, but I'm from Austin , TX and I agree with his remarks towards the president. We may be lead to believe Obama is accomplishing things but I don't believe it's Obama's plans that are achieving anything. Nor do I see any future changes. All I keep hearing is how bad Republicans are. That's great but can we focus on our country instead of titles?

    August 12, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. LouAz

    Q2 has neither the education or the time living to make such a preposterous statement. No policy, no solutions, no alternates, no nothing, except childish emotion toward the POTUS. I seriously doubt if he was ever potty trained. I've lived in Aridzona for 30 years. Last week was the first I've heard of this clown.

    August 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. azmary

    I notice he dropped his earlier ad that claimed he was a 4th generation Arizonian. Both he and his father were born in Indiana, and he just recently moved here. I wonder how many other "tall tales" he is going to tell us before the election. It is getting pretty hard to take anything he says without a very large grain of salt.

    August 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. German,Irish,American

    Must be nice to live in la la land Woodhouse. Keep smoking that crack that Obama keeps stored in the White House.

    August 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. MR AMERICA

    He was "raised right."

    Wow. That statement alone shows what a condescending jerk this guy is.

    August 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Gee

    I think he is spot-on and the DNC's insistance that Obama has SAVED the country is just evedence as to how out of touch and desparate they are to put a positive spin on a failing democrat in the white house and a positively dispicable democratic congress.

    August 12, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. john

    Did he really say that he O'bama saved us from a second depression? Giving banks and unions a bunch of money doent count as a fiscal policy!! If we dont act quickly the policies of this congress and White house will make the dollar worthless and creat unemployment the like of which we havent seen since Jimmy Carter!!

    August 12, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. JW Nicholson

    If you do not get elected....................try the porn star route..............opps, to Geeky looking.

    August 12, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Don Beal

    What exactly is a tax cartel? Everyone probably understands what an oil cartel is, a combination of businesses joining together to produce and market oil. It seems reasonable to think of a drug cartel as a combination of businesses joining together to produce and market drugs. Is a tax cartel a combination of businesses joining together to produce and market taxes? That doesn't make any sense, but making sense might not be one of Mr. Quayle's strong points. Maybe Mr. Quayle just wanted to get President Obama into the same paragraph with the word 'cartel'. It was a stretch. But he might get elected in Arizona. It is a crazy state and this is looking more and more like an election year in which the inmates will take over the asylum.

    August 12, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Shiranee Dassanayake

    This man is nuts- The drug cartels were there from the year dot. Does this ass even know how to spell 'potato'? His idiot father did not.
    Only a republican could make this kind of ignorant uninformed statement.

    August 12, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Michael

    Quayle = QUACK, QUACK QUACK.

    How did your dad and his Republicans presidents fix the immigration problem and the fence in the South?
    They didn't do anything at all.
    so QUACK QUACK QUACK

    August 12, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The son of the worst VP ever....LOL. Mr. Quayle's comments were spoken like they came from the mouth of a true idiot. He needs to look at his father's political record and then pass judgement.

    August 12, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Weepy

    Brad Woodhouse speaks of actions the worth of which have yet to be proven. At the present time, only the president and his henchmen are happy with what has transpired. This president is so "uppity" that he ignores the MAJORITY. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

    August 12, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. Gary

    Love it! Way to stand up to that BEATER!!

    August 12, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. impardonne

    This man is hilarious. He wants to be known as a family man and the children in his TVads arent even his. He claims to have a squeaky clean image yet he use to right for a sex/porn site which is notorious for being disparaging of women. Dude NO ONE WILL TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY,Even republicans are looking the other cheek. lol you and your failed father need to go sit down somewhere. Hilarious.

    August 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. ruty

    I can't believe this moron has the nerve to make a statement about anyone after the intelligence his father showed. Potatoe is all it takes!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Harry Lime

    Just like us peasants don't have any standing to question his "natural born citizen" status, his bi-weekly vacations or any of his disasterous policies, right Brad? Oh, and I'm sure Mr. Quayle thanks you for all the free publicity, suckers! LOL

    August 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
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