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. Jo Jo

    Who is this weasel? He has some nerve dubbing Obama as the worst president. Where was he the last eight years, under a rock? He should have kept his big mouth closed because now he's already been tied to a sex scandal. Of course, he's trying to deny it but you can tell he's lying. Before you slam someone else's character, you better make darn sure yours is squeaky clean. The little pervert is just trying to make a name for himself.

    August 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Sean

    I often find brandings of President Obama as the worst in U.S. History laughable. If we simply look at some of our past leaders, particularly in the antebellum and postbellum periods you can see that Obama's presidency isn't hardly as bad as those of Fillmore, Buchanan, Johnson, and Grant.

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

    Well everything the dnc spokesman said about obama is BS. He has done more to hurt this country than any president in history. All he has done is provide the unions with everything they want,put us into a debt that we can never recover from, promoted racism by not prosecuting the black panthers, promote welfare, taxing the working people to give to the lazy, promoting communism, destroying a healthcare system so that a bunch of underacheivers can say they have insurance when they already get healthcare for free, promoting criminal activity by backing illegals and generally screwing up the US with inexperience.TO Mr. brad woodhouse, I damn sure have the right to judge this president as the worst in history whether quayle does or not. Further more I could care less what you think about anything, mr mouthpiece for the idiot liberals.

    August 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. mark nyc

    seriously? like anyone would pay attention to this moron? like father, like son. can you spell potatoes?????? thought not.

    August 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Eric in Manhattan

    Another unqualified, uncouth son of Republican privilege has the nerve to think he can represent his district by being disrespectful to the President, especially since HIS father was one of the worst Vice-Presidents in history. I guess ignorance is passed from father to son after all.

    August 12, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. tamade

    Great way to make yourself look like an idiot.

    August 12, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Anthony

    I must admit, for this young man to blast the president considering his father may very well be the most incompetent vice president in history borders on ironic and hypocritical!

    August 12, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. LizHansen

    It is obvious that Ben has inherited the intelligence of his father. Can you spell "potatoe?"

    August 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. David in Houston

    The apple doesn't fall far...

    August 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    "I was raised right. Someone needs to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place."

    You were obviously raised "right" as violence and anarchy seem to be the latest traits of the neo-cons.

    August 12, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. Roscoe

    The potatoe doesn't fall far from the tree.....

    August 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Jesse in Texas

    It would seem that some Democrats are beginning to learn that "The truth hurts". Now, all they have to do is accept the fact they have been led down the primrose path by the Pied Piper of Kenya.

    Jesse

    August 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. all of America

    To all you democrats ,TRUTH HURTS DON'T IT,obama is the worst president in history,thats a fact !!! That's not only Quayle's feelings, that's the majority of the public's feelings.

    August 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. Obama Enemy List Wannabe

    Obama and Dan Quayle – now that WOULD be the worst combination of all time.

    August 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  15. independent

    This is what the GOP needs this November, the heir of Dan Quayle running for national office. Maybe the first debate could be a spelling bee or geography quiz.

    August 12, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Robert

    Good for the Democrats response. That guy is an idiot.

    August 12, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. John

    Obama is "the worst president in history"?
    I suppose Bush is the greatest in your pea-sized mind?

    "knock the hell out of the place"?
    Someone needs to knock the hell out of YOU dear boy.

    August 12, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Steve in Denver

    Worst President ever? What a moron.

    Before 2003, there could have been debate. There were a few that were incompetent, crooked, etc. Then there is Nixon. With his general disregard for anything but more power for Nixon, and he, being the only president to be forced to resign, was a strong contender. Add in the recent revelations (by the Obama administration, no less) that he ordered a general to attack cambodia, then let the country hang him out to dry for it, makes him as strong a contender as anyone.

    Since 2003, however, the bar has changed. There is but one president in our history who lied the nation into war. There is but one president who in modern times authorized barbaric interogation techniques long outlawed by civilized nations (including this country). There is but one president who threw people, including American citizens, into jail in violation of the constitution. There is but one president who took the nation to war with nothing but shock and awe, nothing but drop bombs and kill people, God will figure out how to fix our mess.

    The choice is clear. With the blood of 4,500 Amreican soldiers (and 100k + Iraqis) on his hands, more than $1 trillion squandered on this war, I think before Obama is out of office George W Bush will be recognized for his filthy deeds, and be acknowledged as the worst president ever. And I hope God practices an eye for an eye, and waterboards him 178 times.

    And, Ben Quale, at 33 your worldly knowledge is suspect. But then, you belong to the party that celebrates morons (see: GWB, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Rush Limbaugh, the coward Hannity).

    August 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Adonomo

    Why should anyone pay any attention to what Ben Quayle said? No one should give him his 15 minutes of fame? He is ethically challenged and his disregard for truth as demonstrated by his own assessment of the President performance does him a greater disservice. There are better things to debate and discuss than reporting what Ben said about Obama.

    What Obama has accomplished since he became the President is remarkable. Many people on the opposite side of the political spectrum can decide to disagree but they cannot ignore the facts.

    August 12, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Pkm

    you love george bush who was a big crook for the rich mr obama is for all people your lucky murphy brown is nnt here

    August 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. norma

    Not another idiot from the same Quayle family! Do these offspring of wannabe's never gain any ethics. It takes more unmitigated gall for this particular offspring of Dan Quayle to denigrate anyone, let alone our President. This is a situation where I think we should use whippings for ill-spoken words of offspring who think because their parent once entered politics, that he/she has any qualities to do the same. This Mr. Quayle would better serve our country by picking up garbage instead of spewing it. out What a disgraceful comment to make about someone who's been taught to hate someone he couldn't hold a candle to on any level. Now there's two strikes against his father........his birth and his father's vice presidency.

    Is he smarter than a 5th grader? He's already fanswered that!

    August 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. chill

    Obviously is unfamiliar with American history. The vile nature of what purports to be political discourse in this country can be traced back to Newt Gingrich and his ilk under the Clinton Administration. It seems that no one is satisfied disagreeing with the other side, but instead has to hate them. Americans didn't used to be enemies and it almost seems the extemes on each side are trying to force the large thoughtful middle to give up on politics and their government. As much as some people didn;t like Nixon or Carter or even Johnson, I can't recall such over the top, mindless diatribes that have now become commonplace. Obama is far from the worst President we've had and is trying to do the job in the face of the first time nearly an entire politcal party has decided to simply oppose everything.

    August 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. NYT:"during this election cycle big oil has paid 12.8 million in contributions, 71% to Republicans"!

    ""The son of the worst vice president ever may think he has some wisdom on the job performance of political leaders"

    Sorry, but the dick gets the worst vice president ever award, Quayle did not send young Americans to their death just for Haliburton profits.

    On the plus side, Benny should thank God daily for Bailin' Palin, his dad is no longer the most stupid politician living, although he is still a solid second.

    August 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. nhjs

    The worst president in the history of the U.S. was the previous president.

    August 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. RTB

    Mr. Quayle is a disillusioned wanna be.

    Just because his daddy was not the brightest bulb on the tree, it does not give him the right to regurgitate the family dumdness.

    It seems soft porn is more in line with this Quayle's propensities.

    By the way Ben, you couldn't knock the hell out of a wet handkerchief.

    August 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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