August 13th, 2010
07:10 PM ET
8 years ago

Quayle stands by 'worst president in history' critique

(CNN) - Arizona House candidate Ben Quayle on Friday stood by a statement in a new campaign ad that called President Obama "the worst president in history" but offered nothing more than Republican talking points to back the claim.

Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, shares his father's conservative values and is one of 10 Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Arizona's Third House district.

"He's an ideologue from a leftist bend," Quayle told CNN's John King in an interview to air Friday on John King USA. "I think that he's trying to take control of more parts of the private sector. He's trying to make government the answer to all the problems that we face when we should be focusing more on individual responsibility."

"I stand by my comment," he said of the campaign ad.

"The future that he [President Obama] has created for my generation and other generations is pretty terrifying," the 33-year-old candidate said. "It seems like right now he's starting to destroy the American dream."

Related video: John King's political fact check

Quayle did not point to any specific policies, programs, strategies or remarks from the president that supported his comments, however.

Quayle also responded to allegations that he penned regular contributions to a now defunct website called The site has since been renamed, but features similar content – gossip about nightlife in cities around the country. A quick glance at the website offers an endless stream of photographs of provocatively dressed women.

The site's owner, Nik Richie, wrote in an August 9 blog post that Quayle was the person behind the alias 'Brock Landers.' Quayle has admitted to writing several blog posts for the original DirtyScottsdale website, but says he is not behind the Brock Landers posts.

"I posted a few comments on a website that doesn't even exist anymore, they were innocuous and, you know, these are the types of smear campaigns that are being pushed against me about nothing," Quayle told CNN on Friday.

Arizona's Republican primary will be held on August 24.

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle • JKUSA • John King USA
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. CTSadler

    And America stands by its "your father was an idiot" criticism.

    August 13, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Ken, AZ

    Another empty-headed conservative.

    August 13, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. carly

    but can he spell potato?

    The apple didn't fall far from the tree. Like father like son.

    The real question is why is the media giving this clown so much attention?

    August 13, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Gary

    This guy should be pitied for all of the flack he took growing up as the son of the Vice President that couldn't spell. It obviously affected him.

    August 13, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  5. katiec

    CNN, once again, why are you headlining Quayle??
    Who cares??

    August 13, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    somebody tell me how in the world can you accuse President Obama as being the "worst president ever" but have NOTHING to back up your accusation? No performances, no statements, no policies, NOTHING but your opinion? Well You know what they say about opinions don't you? They are like (bleep) and everybody has one. And sir in my opinion YOU are the (bleep)

    August 13, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. Coherent1

    It's my lie and I'm sticking to it!

    August 13, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Ummmm....yo, little Quayle. you can't be a dumb as your daddy. that would be a mathematical impossibility. but I'm sure you hit those talking points like a programmed daddy. c'mon, show us that deer in the headlights look, you can do it.

    August 13, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. Squigman

    As far as I can tell. no one cares what this moron thinks, or says. Turn it off CNN, you're making like a cheap supermarket tabloid, not a news agency.

    August 13, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. frank

    Wasn't he adopted? Wasn't his birth name 'Dover'?

    Nice to see that there's another GOP family with nutcases in a 2nd generation. Quayle, Paul, Bush...

    August 13, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. Steve

    The only thing that's history is you, clown!

    August 13, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Every

    What, stupid waste of time "weak interview!" Repuglican nowadays aeem to get a pass and no real challenges to their assailing rhetoric from John King! Fair and balanced reporting would have at least gave facts to challenge the interviewees preception or position! This would have force Quayle to defend his wild assertions! But, this won't happen when extremist part of republican or tea party is interviewd!

    August 13, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. JR

    He's the idiot son of a failed idiot politician, what else could he say, "I'm an idiot", of course not, then truth would pass the lips of a republican and he would melt into the ground.

    August 13, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  14. La Piovra

    That's right, little Quayle, keep incubating that same potatoe until it's an addled egg.

    August 13, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. Rico

    smear campaigns? you called barack obama the worst president in our history. that's so far beyond "smear campaign."

    August 13, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Tracy

    Mr. Quayle doesn't have to point to just "1" policy that Obama has implemented there are several let me help him. The seizure of the healthcare industry, takeover of a large majority of the auto industry, shutting down oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. This is only the beginning given another 2 year majority rule in Washington and the country will be even less recognizable!

    August 13, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  17. Lynn

    He needs some serious aging. At 33 he hasn't a clue on what makes a good or bad President. Grow up first Ben, I feel in today's world it takes some years and gray hair to learn the political game.

    August 13, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. Linda C

    Bravo! Well said, Ben.

    August 13, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    "The future that he [President Obama] has created for my generation and other generations is pretty terrifying," the 33-year-old candidate said. "It seems like right now he's starting to destroy the American dream.
    Ben Quayle was specific enough in his comments here for anyone familiar with Obama's record so far; Spending $50 billion bailing out auto companies just to turn over ownership to the unions? Spending $850 billion of borrowed money to lower unemployment just to see it double after blowing the money on things that have nothing to do with job creation? Extending unemployment benefits to 2 years when what we really need are for people to go back to work? Yes, the future for young Americans is getting more terrifying every day with this administration 'fixing' all of the problems but instead creating new ones.

    August 13, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    Is this potato(e) bozo running against the President? I don't remember the President going into a girlie site pretending to be Mark Wahlberg's alter ego.
    Of course he doesn't point out any policies and programs. They have no ideas or solutions of their own.
    It's all about negative remarks against the Democrats but nothing in between their ears.
    Where are the girls that are not his? Did he leave them at their real home in that ridiculous infomercial he "stars" in?

    August 13, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. Brandon

    Must be nice to be able to promote individual responsibility when you're you've been handed the best in life from a rich and powerful father.

    I hate these nieve people who have no idea what personal responsibility is. We all take help from others, and the rich tend to take and take more than anyone else.

    August 13, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. George of the jungle

    Quayle Hasen't got the sense to come up with any solid statements or ideas. Just another blow hard tea bagger smearing the president. I guess the tax burden left by bush and the enviorment issues that the repos seam to keep denying are not going to effect the next generation? get real this president has a full plate and is trying to deal with complex issues the repos havent'wanted to touch. No wonder so many repos are idiots look at their leadership.

    August 13, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Mavent

    Ben Quayle's campaign slogan should be "Not quite as smart as his father".

    August 13, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    More trite and vague manure from another conservatard wanna-be. Go home, Sonny. Your dad still can't find the fly on his pants and I doubt you can either.

    August 13, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  25. HillClimber

    I don't understand how anyone could call Obama the "worst President in History". Though we do all we can to forget him, George Walker Bush holds claim to the "Worst President In History" designation. Quayle, like his father, is certainly not one of the sharper knives in the drawer.

    August 13, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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