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. Nik

    Is Quayle really Quayle's son? Well, I guess Quayles know a lot about being the worst.

    August 16, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Greg Starkman

    This guy is a joke like his dad.

    August 16, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Ben, you are a moron!

    August 16, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. David Phillips

    He not only looks like he's 12 years old, he acts like it too.

    August 16, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Jessy

    It is so just true and every body knows it. If Americans cant see it who will???

    August 16, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. vgal

    1. Guess Quayle gets economics (and simple math) about as well as his father spells.
    2. Is that why the richest few Americans are the RICHEST history???? And their wealth is growing? Not to mention the stock market (wealth) grew from the 6k's (DOW) to 10k's under Obama (after falling under Bush).
    3. Yes, for those wealthiest FEW that are also richer than ever in history.
    4. How could he get the party of NO to vote YES on anything? And BTW -there have been a few Yes's from moderate republicans that I would vote into office as Pres.
    5. Right. What would Quayle know about racial lines?
    7. The world has a better view of America than they did under Bush's term. But fixing a broken reputation takes a LONG time.
    8. Quayle, you apparently either can't HEAR correctly or just can't FOLLOW a logical conversation if that's what you heard.
    9. If by 'strange and radical' you mean black and women – then you are a true republican.

    August 16, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Louis

    This apple did not fall far from the tree.

    The worst president in history was the one that preceded Mr. Obama, George W. Bush!!!

    It appears that Ben Quayle is about as bright as his dad which is not saying a whole lot!!!

    August 16, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Abe Medina

    You think Sarah Palin is bad. This guy is a moron. Doesn't deserve one penny of admiration.

    August 16, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Shell Hari

    little dan quayle is a toddler who needs to spend time learning his abc. maybe...just maybe...a little bit of schooling will make him a bit wiser. right now, he is just a young kid born in into a wealthy family, who has not had time to learn what it takes to be a leader. i hope he loses big!

    August 16, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. AF

    Did this squale remember his father's political career?
    He should have said Obama is worst president but much better than my father.

    August 16, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. Mark

    None of this debt, healthcare issues, drug cartels started during this administration. Ms. Quayle should read a book or something to get his facts correct. I'm no fan of the administration but I wish the republicans could find candidates that aren't liars or at least non-delusional (ie: his 2 "daughters")! Where has he been to come up with such crap? But at leaset we know he can count to 9.

    August 16, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Joshua Knapp

    WOW! What an idiot..what a grade A moron. I see has also included in his list evidence and statistic validating all of his claims. To those people who love to just through accusations around with out any evidence here is a little piece of advice...if you don't have evidence to back up your claims then you look like a lunatic and the claims are making are FALSE!

    August 16, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Mez

    Like father, like son. IDIOT!

    August 16, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Steve

    This coming from the son of Dan Quayle? What a joke. I'm no huge Obama fan but come on. Your father was no beacon in the political arena and you've done nothing of any significance so far unless you count criticizing others. Then again, I guess that's politics.
    Your father could rank up there for worst vice-presidents. I think it is true the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    August 16, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. JIMMY

    Amen brother!

    August 16, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. roro

    This man is an idiot.

    August 16, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. Every

    Mr Quayle, I see you got with the other repugs and is using their talking points for your justification of labeling our president as the nations worst! Mr Qualyle it is clear you are in no position or qualified to judge President Obama's performance! Sir, you took "how long to come up with repug talking ponts" which obviously has been around for almost 2 years! Mr Quayle your brain is not qualified for any public office, because your are a parrot, fake, unintelligient, useless, and certainly unqualified for any public office!

    August 16, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. DB TX

    "The list did not include any evidence to back up Quayle's claims." The evidence is in the front of our eyes. May of the main stream media has turn other way to protect the Obama. Does any of his policy has produce any private sector jobs? He is about big government and protecting union crook.

    August 16, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Kevin from Texas

    This is so funny. I can't believe this passes for intelligence in a candidate. I certainly can understand opposition to this president and his policies, but this list is comical, uninformed and pretty lame.

    August 16, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Northern Jim

    While I don't agree with everything on the list, he did hit the nail on the head with a number of things, including items # 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9.

    August 16, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Charles

    They say the nut doesn't fall far from the tree! Ben Quayle and his father, former vice president are relevant because, why?

    August 16, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. woodin

    Given the family background in politics....any wonder why he would open his mouth to insert the family foot.....again.

    August 16, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Guy Allen

    Classic Quayle version 2010- all potatoe no meat. Sadly, in our modern political world these are the only types of approaches that are heard. A thinking society would first consider the above list for its credibility. We Americans do not take the time nor have the interest to study a position on its factual merits, then decide where we stand for or against. It is Us vs. Them, and everything We say is good, and everything They say is bad. Worse still, those of us who do think carefully about positions on both sides are the minority- not the "radio sheep" listening mindlessly to the twisted truths played endlessly through talk-shows. All is not lost though, because we at least have stopped long enough to think here. God Bless America.

    August 16, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. Alfred Moss

    Who is this guy!??? Sure is not Dino Rossi!

    August 16, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Nick S

    Here's a radical idea; let's try not to rank a politician at least until AFTER they finish their first term.

    August 16, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
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