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. XWngLady

    I'm from Indiana. And if the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, then this one is definitely ROTTEN!!!

    August 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Anne

    A worse president than William Henry Harrison? Really?

    August 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Pete

    It is about time. I have made comments comparing Jimmy Carter and Obama for some time. The far left labels "dubya" as the worst yet Bush spent his last two years as a lame duck president vetoing as many wild eyed Democrat spending bills as he could. On the day Dems took control of BOTH houses, Bush became a lame duck Preisdent was the same day Nancy Pelosi was sworn in as Speaker of the House.........smugly proclaiming "We're in charge now" Bush and the Republican that stepped down had 4.6% unemployment, the stock market was 12,300, gas was $2.12 per gallon, the size of government was 25% SMALLER, and the deficit was 1/3 what it is today.

    Those are the FACTS making Quayles argument...............some day soon "It's all Bush's fault" will be a joke referring to gullible fools who believe ANYTHING you tell them.

    August 12, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Bob

    Seems Ben Quayle's grasp of history is only slightly less informed than that of "history professor" Newt Gingrich.

    August 12, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. mothermary

    What a twisted young man Ben is. Yet another thing Dan got wrong.

    August 12, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Frayie, Oklahoma City

    Ben Quayle es un idiota!

    August 12, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. Here we go again!!

    I guess little Quayle got that line from Big Quayle.. That statement is just out fight nonsense "The worst President in History" I thought The current President could only be labeled this, when he become a "FORMER PRESIDENT"???????

    August 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. NC Independent

    Correction: Quayle only held the title of worst vice president in history until Cheney took office. And Cheney should hang onto it for generations to come.

    August 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. AEK

    Well, he certainly has the Republican hate speak down at a very tender age. I'm sure his pandering to the far right will certainly help him accomplish some of his life goals. Of course looking at himself in the mirror every day will be a challenge!

    August 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Grog in Ohio

    "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..."

    This is the kind of reaction Democrats should always display when faced with such ridiculous Tea Bag posturing. Well said!!

    August 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Dale

    CNN quit calling them democrats. Call them LIBERALs, there are no democrats anymore.
    The dem party has been infested by libs calling themselves democrats or progressives

    August 12, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. C Smith

    Perfectly said Woodhouse. Now lets give this idiot no more media attention. Thats what we should have done with Palin.

    August 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. jeff jackson, alabama

    Already today the media is starting to circulate stories
    about the younger Quayle being connected to a sexy
    web site. Typical state run media strategy , if someone
    insults our leader let's begin a discredit and destroy
    campaign. And you liberals rant on about freedom.
    BULL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Jeff in Phoenix

    Srsly? Rly?

    Someone needs to take a little deeper look into young Mr. Quayle.
    It would be quite rewarding, I'm sure.

    August 12, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Larry

    Such a good example of a bad gene pool.

    August 12, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    His generation will inherit a weakened country because of the Bush/Cheney regime. Thank goodness we have a good, intelligent, strong president like President Obama who is trying to rebuild this country and get us back to where we used to be before Bush/Cheney destroyed it.

    August 12, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Lucas Breen

    Rich kid who grows up in the ugly world of Lee Atwater/Roger Ailes GOP politics.

    Memo to Ben Q.: Be FOR something. Anyone can be AGAINST.

    August 12, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. me

    Gotta love the drug cartel comment. Maybe he's confusing New Mexico with old Mexico. Why doesn't he ask his father, Dan Quayle, the expert in Latin American ways.

    August 12, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. JonDie

    Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle = the even dumber son of the dumbest vice-president in history

    August 12, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. No Incumbents

    Brock Landers will fit right in with the current Congress. He will never miss an opportunity to pander to his base or to disrespect the President personally as opposed to working on legislation to reduce the size of government.

    August 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. New Age Independant

    "saved the country from a second Great Depression"??? That's a ridiculous statement given the reality that the economy would have been better off if Obama had done nothing. Instead he's put the entire country at risk of a total collapse. Yeah, I'd say that the worst President in History fits.

    August 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Michael

    The kind of political savvy you would expect from the son of a Foot-in-Mouth World Champion; a spoiled geeky brat who hangs out on Internet porn sites and poses as a poster boy for Dobson & Co.
    You would think a Quayle would want to stay far away from public discourse; then again, that would require a certain level of intelligence. Here we go again! Quayle 2.0 – what a godsend for Comedy Central.

    August 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Peter s

    The guy is phony!! Sample this!!
    "The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle is trying to shake off accusations that he helped found a raunchy website featuring 20-something clubgoers, as he vies for an open congressional seat in central Arizona. The charges center around TheDirty.com, a site dedicated to pictures of scantily dressed women and nasty comments about them. MyFoxPhoenix reports that the man who runs the site is claiming Ben Quayle helped create it - and even wrote for the site under the fake name Brock Landers. With just days to decide before the Arizona primary on Aug. 24, Quayle, 33, who is running as a Republican for an open House seat, is denying that he had a central role in the site. He acknowledges he spoke to the founder in the site's early days, but says it didn't contain the racy content it has now, according to MyFoxPhoenix. Quayle also admits to referring the founder to an attorney and he told the Arizona Republic he did write occasionally in the early days. "I just posted comments to try to drive some traffic," he is quoted as saying." WHAT A CONSERVATIVE!!!

    August 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This person has no leg to stand on to critize the president. He has no good example in his father. I would hope he would have provided some reasons why Obama is the worst president while his term isn't even over yet.

    August 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. Paul

    We cannot reward those who are responsible for this mess in the first place. Have we forgotten the BUSH-GOP era and the millions of jobs that we lost thanks to their policies?

    It would be stupid if we give them back our economy when they almost destroyed it. On the contrary some of their Wall Street pals should be in jail for what they did to our families.

    Politicians are not necessarily the best people, but at least the Dems are working to help the middle class while the GOP has done nothing in Congress other than spreading hatred and racism across America.

    Let us be smart and let us say no to the party of NO.!

    August 12, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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