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. Irfan

    BEN !!!!
    There is no bigger ID..T then you are....

    August 16, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. saftgek

    Excuse me?!? Did I read the article correctly?!? Did the offspring of one of the most embarrassing residents of Washington D.C. declare the sitting President "the worst in history?"

    Man, Oh, Man – the Quayle family, long gone (we hoped) has now reared its figurative ugly head in the form of Ben Quayle. What a moron! He may actually overshadow his dimwit father!

    Oh, well, at least Sonny Boy is getting 15 minutes of fame!

    August 16, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. cm

    Like father, like son. Total morons!

    August 16, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. brendan

    Apparently the young Quayle boy is too young to remember G.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, among others. Nor does he remember them from school. Nor has he read anything about them. Or, is he just dumb? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, I suppose.

    August 16, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Bob Phelps

    Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black (no pun intended). Absolutely no substantiation and most of his criticisms are pure fiction. We survived 8 years of one of the worst presidents in history. His deliberate abuse of power and the repercussions cannot be remedied in just 2 years. Blaming someone for trying to resolve those mistakes is typical of those who believe materialism is more important than global harmony and survival.

    August 16, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  6. David

    Uh . . . wow . . . scary! Sad, actually. None of his accusations are factually true. Sad thing is most folks won't bother to question the accuracy of his assertions. It's a sad time to be an Amercian. Not feeling very proud about our country these days.

    August 16, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Whether you like him or not, Quayle is absolutely correct.

    Obama is clueless.

    August 16, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  8. stu

    odds Dan can even spell Obama?

    August 16, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. RBS

    Poor Ben Quayle.

    Got his mom's looks and his dad's brains.

    August 16, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. stu

    oh, my bad. I didn't know there was another dopey Quayle out there.

    August 16, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Doug

    Its easy to make any claim you want but when you can't back it up with real hard facts then its just meant to stir the emotions of people so they don't think about it. Obama owns everything now but he was given a pile of crap that will take at least a decade to clean up. Funny how the GOP is claiming to be worried about the budget and didn't say word one when they held the white house.

    August 16, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Never Republican

    Quayle is a perfect example of a misinformed FOX News viewer.

    He states that Obama has destroyed more wealth than any human being in history.

    Before Obama was even sworn in, Alan Greenspan declared that America was headed into the worst recession in more than 100 years... yes, even worse than the Great Depression of the 1930's.

    Obama has helped avert us from that level of suffering. But Quayle isn't interested in the truth, just some idiotic idealogy. If that's what you're looking for, Fox News will give it to you 24/7. What an absolute waste of space.

    The average Fox News viewer STILL believes that Saddam was involved with the attack on 9/11. The same idiots believe we found WMD in Iraq. And many believe Obama was not born in the USA.


    August 16, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I can't wait until the press finally decides to look into this guy's background.


    August 16, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  14. Mark

    oh and an extra point–TAXES lower DEBT If we are going to spend, and the entire government does regarless of party (wait till defense cuts!) maybe Quayle never took rudamentary math. Cut spending raise taxes untill we are out of this hole the "government" and I mean us, put ourselves in. These wars and extreme tax cuts put us in more debt without any economic benefit. I always said I wish McCain had won so a republican would have to deal with and get blamed for the former 8 year disaster.

    August 16, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  15. Peggy Lucas

    Barack Obama has done more in 2 years then George H. W. & George W Bush did in their term in office. What is so bad about that? In my opinion, Barack Obama will go down as one of the best Presidents, along with Bill Clinton.

    August 16, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Christopher Henkel

    I can see several inaccuracies in his reasons that Obama is the worst president ever. The question, is CNN a news organization or is it a personal blog for politicians who like to lie. Imagine how much useful this story would be if you guys did your jobs and fact checked his claims. You can either choose to be partisan like MSNBC and FoxNews or you can have some integrity and be the place people go to know the facts.

    August 16, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Jen

    He IS as stupid as his father. Everything on his list is W's doing.

    August 16, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  18. Dave

    More proof that all conservatives are not stupid. But all stupid people are conservative. Was Quayle living in this country from 2001-2006? I do love how all the problems in this country started with Johnson, leapfrogged to Carter, the leapfrogged again to Clinton and now to Obama. Obama didn't lose jobs on the balance of his total years in Office... Bush did.. Obama did not waste over 1 trillion dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives in Iraq for a war based on a lie and a false premise. Bush did... Obama did not put forth policy that ecouraged businesses to take jobs out of the country. Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2 did. Obama did not give tax cuts to millionaires while incresainig spending on his friends interests. Bush did... We are now living with the bad choices we have made for the past 30 years and this guy blames Obama... Typical of the right wing know-nothings.

    August 16, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  19. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    This guiy is a phony, and the son of an imbecile. Why is he getting any attention? What has he done to merit any consideration other than to spout garbage?

    August 16, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. Kimo

    1. Obama is just trying to clean up the fiscal and foreign policy mess left by 8 years of Bush and 6 years of Republican rule. The financial disaster was in full swing before Obama entered office. 2. The Republican controlled congress spent money like drunken sailors as McCain famously put it. 3. I want to see a citation for the quote where Obama says America is nothing exceptional. I won't believe any politician would say that without hearing it for myself. 4. The US has the finest health care system in the world if you are wealthy and just about the worse of any developed nation if you are a regular working person. Anyone who says differently is either being disengenuous or doesn't know anything about health care in other countries. 5. There must be a gene for shallow thinking.

    August 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. KJ

    Another clown in the making! Why can't he talk about what his plans are? Is he running for Congress or campaigning for 2012?

    August 16, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  22. Hot Dog

    This guy is a comedian. What credibility does he bring to the table. One of the main issue with this country is racial and that is some thing that White people fail realize. They are they same folks that call themselves Christains, Catholics or what ever and are first class red necks. Where was this moron when George W. Bush was President. The previous administration did more damage to this country than any other administration.

    August 16, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |

    This guy is an idiot. I can't support the republican party with crackpots like this spouting these silly sound bite arguments instead of providing rational proposals for improving things. Let's hear honest and objective arguments.

    August 16, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Rlg

    All Quayle has to do is look in the mirror and he'll see who is the worst.

    August 16, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Craig Zimmerman

    It seems rather obvious the the "potatoe" did'nt fall enough far from the tree,I certainly hope the swing voters in this election dont vote left or right but rather centrist, whoever will get something done and not follow their party leaders down gridlock lane

    August 16, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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