August 16th, 2010
07:23 PM ET
8 years ago

Quayle doubles down on Obama being 'the worst'

Arizona congressional candidate Ben Quayle on Monday released a list of nine reasons why he says President Obama is the 'worst president in history.'

Arizona congressional candidate Ben Quayle on Monday released a list of nine reasons why he says President Obama is the 'worst president in history.'

(CNN) - Republican congressional candidate Ben Quayle put out a television ad last Wednesday in which he stared into the camera and solemnly declared that "Barack Obama is the worst president in history."

On Monday, Quayle lined up nine reasons why, in his opinion, he believes Obama is the worst.

Included on the list are the assertions that Obama has "destroyed more wealth than any human being in history" and that he has "divided America along racial lines in destructive ways."

The list did not include any evidence to back up Quayle's claims.

Read the list after the jump:

Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, is one of 10 Republicans vying for the GOP nomination for the third House district. Rep. John Shadegg announced in January that he was retiring and would not seek re-election.

Shadegg's former chief of staff, Sean Noble, announced on his political blog Monday his endorsement of Steve Moak, one of Quayle's nine opponents for the congressional seat.

"Steve Moak is not a fraud like another candidate in the race that is trying to trade on the family name to get elected to a position that he would squander," Noble wrote, seemingly referencing Quayle. "CD [Congressional district] 3 deserves to be represented by the adult in the race."

Quayle's campaign issued a statement Monday night in response to Noble's endorsement.

"Mr. Moak has already hidden behind his non-profit; now he hides behind his campaign consultant," said Quayle campaign spokeswoman Meghan Rose. "He needs to stop hiding, stop hurling hollow insults and start answering some tough questions about his use of a non-profit to make himself a wealthy man and his concealment of the scheme from the IRS."

The primary will be held on August 24.

(Updated with Quayle response at 7:35 p.m. ET)

Reasons why President Obama is the Worst President in History

1. He has loaded up every child in this nation with more debt than any President in history.
2. With his policies and the threat of more such policy, he has destroyed more wealth than any human being in history, which is always what happens when you set out to redistribute wealth: you end up destroying it.
3. He has brought us to the brink of the most massive tax increases in history and if we don't elect enough Republicans in November to stop him that is exactly what we will get.
4. He has forced through legislation without a single republican vote that may well destroy the finest health care system in history when all we needed were some measures to control costs.
5. He has divided America along racial lines in destructive ways and he is doing so again by suing Arizona over its attempt to control the drug trade and human smuggling trade threatening its security.
6. He has failed to form a policy to adequately deal with the vicious Mexican drug cartels that are essentially running parts of that nation and becoming an increasing threat to ours.
7. He has traveled the world making apologies for America instead of defending its timeless and treasured ideals of freedom and peace for all nations of good will.
8. He has said there is nothing exceptional about America, something no other president has ever said and something which alone suggests he is a historically poor president.
9. He has hired people of strange and radical views to hold important federal posts in which they pursue more bad policy that no administration in history has ever pursued.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Dona Miranda

    The nut didn't fall far from the tree did it?

    August 16, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Jack in Florida

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!!! Dan Quayle reincarnated.

    August 16, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  3. Independent

    11. He is the most partisan President we have had in some time.
    12. He has been hands off the Palestine issue
    13. He has been unwilling to lead, opting instead to just blame the GOP
    14. He promised us no pork, and he has approved more than any other President in history.
    15. He has given billions to union members and ignored the non union middle class.
    16. He has not clue what our goals are in Afghanistan and he is continuing to wage an unwinnable war with an ally who is corrupt.
    17. He plays the race care way too often.

    August 16, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  4. James

    Ben's dumb. It's true. I went to law school with him. One of the things I learned in class - Ben is dumb.

    August 16, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. Eric

    Dear Mr. Quayle,
    President Bush (2) added approx 4.5 billion of debt. President Obama added approx 3.5 trillion. While neither are good numbers, Obama's debt addition is still lower than Bush's.

    August 16, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. dan

    The list reads like it was written by a middle school student. At best.

    August 16, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Dale

    Is he wrong?????

    That's exactly what I've been saying. BO is setting this country up for another cival war. Think I'm crazy?

    Time will tell......... He sure don't act like an American president and he's not concerned about a cival war or the people that will be hurt most from it happening.

    Right now with this president I'm ashamed of people who fell for this BS.

    Better get smart in Nov. or hang on for a really rough future. China is poised to take the lead. That won't happen in America without a fight. People are pissed.

    August 16, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. cnn=the cause

    Republicans don't cite any evidence to back up their claims, which are usually wrong or over-inflated. Yet people keep believing the krap that spews regularly from their pie-holes. Mitch McConnell met just months ago with the heads of major financial institutions over strategy to kill the financial regulatory bill, yet the same people who lost thousands or even more in their retirement portfolios in the last decade after the republicans (mainly have Phil Gramm to thank for this one) neutered oversight of wall street will come out thinking Mitch McConnell and the repubs have their best interests at heart. Blithering idiots.

    August 16, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  9. John Quale

    Ben Quayle, must be a person who is metally ill, dangerous, foolish and very radical to ever think of leading any group of people. Telling lies to convince people to vote for you is politic but saying want you have no clue about, because Hanity or Micheal say so, is absolutely rediculous for a politician.

    August 16, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    I have to agree with Ben Quayle, Obama is destroying this country. He is attempting to re-distribute wealth, everyones' but his. By doing so he has put himself above everyone else. Obama is not qualified to be president, he is in way over his head, it is reflective in his policies. The NY mosque issue is a perfect example. By making a statement about it eitherway, he has brought the federal government into the equation. In so doing he has also given it a stake in the responsibility in its outcome. Because the federal government is suppose to be the the higher power in the land, the ultimate responsiblility belongs to them, inturn OBAMA, then he tries to back peddle his way out of it. Which illustrates a lack of political sophistication that should be required of a president.

    August 16, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    I hope this turkey who is also the son of a turkey wins the nomination. It will make it easier for the Democrats to retain their majority.

    By the way, CNN, is he running for the Senate or for the House? (You can't have it both ways.)

    August 16, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  12. cocitizen

    This boy is as nuts as his right wingnut mother. Does everyone remember Mother Marilyn's speech at the 1992 GOP convention in Houston? This is truly a case where the apple did not fall far from the tree. The tree being Marilyn Quayle.

    August 16, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  13. shawn

    "The list did not include any evidence to back up Quayle's claims". Wow? CNN really needs to find some new folks to take up writing for them. Any boob in this country can look and see that his claims hold weight. They are not even claims, they are fact. Things Obama has actually done and they can not be fixed.

    August 16, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  14. Jack

    Can we get some objective journalistic fact checking please?

    I have serious doubts that Obama has come near the damage done by Bush....

    August 16, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  15. The Truth Please...I Just Want The Truth

    Ben Quayle is absolutely full up CRAP. He is either deliberately lying about what our President has done, or if he believes his own crap he is absolutely delusional.

    I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing and reading the same, worn-out fabricated accusations that these morons are constantly leveling at our President. Don't these so-called Christians know that deliberately slandering someone is a sin, condemned in the very Bible that they profess to believe?

    I have come to the point that if enough Americans are stupid enough to believe the crap that these Republicans are constantly repeating, and are stupid enough to vote these shameless liars back into power, then the destruction of our Nation is exactly what these people deserve.

    August 16, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  16. FLEXX

    IT'S FUNNY how these " WET BEHIND THE EARS" kids, think they know anything about what's going on in the world! bet he didn't know what David Stockman, President Ronald Reagan's director of the Office of Management and Budget, wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed piece, this Reagan insider said>> How my G.O.P. destroyed the U.S. economy." .........THIS PRESIDENT is trying to clean up THEIR MESS! keep your mouth closed mr quayle...

    August 16, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. normajean

    This diatribe is so much garbage, I;m astonished that you would even print it. IT starts off with out and out fabrications that are so false as to be laughable. AS TO PUTTING THROUGH A HEALTH CARE PLAN WITHOUT ANY REPUB VOTES, ARE YOU KIDDING. THEY VOTED NO ON EVERYTHING.The Mexican drug cartels have been going on since Obama was a little kid,he blames him?. Speaking of strange and radical views, well, this jerk should certainly know those when he sees one.There is no way this person is a credible candidate for any office that couldn't be held by any teen ager. If he is trying to trade on the family name....BIG MISTAKE! The family name is not looked on kindly in either political or non political circles. He's off to a very bad start. Lies like a rug and is a Quayle.

    August 16, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. Paul

    Wow, this guy's an idiot. Do they not screen for this kind of thing before someone can run for office?

    August 16, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. AllisonF

    This dude is pathetic. Makes his dad look like a stunning success.

    August 16, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Who cares what this closet case thinks.... he's just trying to make headlines which of course MORONIC CNN gives him....

    August 16, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Wade

    "The list did not include any evidence to back up Quayle's claims."

    Typical. Someone flunked American History if he can't think of a worse President than Obama.

    August 16, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Tom

    I can't believe I actually agree with a politician. As a registered democrat, I have been wondering the last decade or so how is it that the democratic party has turned on the American people and the republicans are actually trying to save us. Just wait until Oops unionizes everyone and strips them of even more of their hard earned pay for union "dues" after taxing the mass populous to pverty.

    August 16, 2010 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    What a moron. Where was this guy for the past 15 years. Have you heard what sort of hate the right wing hate mongers inspire in people. Every day or two there is a moron loaded for bear going to some Democratic or Liberal group with the intention to kill.

    Right wingers are insane, from birthers to the klu klux klan known today as the tea party, you people are insane.

    And I'm not going to even get into spending, do you know how much was wasted on a occupation of Iraq??? Geez you people make me sick.

    August 16, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  24. Wookie

    Who's dividing the country along racial lines? Fox News, The Tea Party, etc

    Some people will do anything to try and get elected. This is shameless and UnAmerican!!!

    August 16, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  25. R.Lieberman

    "The list did not include any evidence to back up Quayle's claims"
    said From CNN's Jeff Simon:

    If you read the list.... anybody with any working brain cells can't provide a viable argument... ( Sometimes Facts are painful... But they still are FACTS ! ).

    August 16, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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