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.

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. A keen observer

    Republicans never back up their claims because most of their claims are are not based on fact. They are opinions of idiots!

    August 16, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. gate

    This list is strong on opinion and short on facts. It demonstrates the political knowledge of an 8 year old or a Glenn Beck viewer.

    August 16, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Lara

    Quayle's comments are so foolish. He should grow up and learn about more substantive things and not make such ridiculous staments like the one he made about Obama being the worst.

    I guess it is a 'free country ' and he can say what he wants. I hope he never has the opportunity serve so that 'better' people than him can serve.
    Quayle would not make a good leader of any kind. He wil be the worst possible leader ever – plain dumb.

    August 16, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. Karma6338

    I guess the nut doesn't fall far from the tree.

    August 16, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. they call me "tater salad"

    "The list did not include ANY evidence to back up Quayle's claims".......Well that's par for the course.........Pretty much sums up the entire Republican party in a nutshell........Introducing the new and improved Republican cola......All the empty retoric you love with none of the valid proof aftertaste........Coming to an economy wrecking, box chain-store near you this November!

    August 16, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  6. Greg in MO

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

    The evidence is too long and too well documented to be cited for each claim during a 30 second spot.

    August 16, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  7. Lawrence in PHX

    You have to be kidding? President Obama has spent money? Do any Republicans here in Arizona running for office (or holding office) know how the government works? From Quayle to McCain to Brewer, these morons blame Obama for something he has no power to do: create legislation.

    McCain's latest ad blames the "federal government" for failing Arizona on border security. Isn't he part of that very federal government? Is Quayle going to do the same thing, just deflect blame? It's hilarious how these morons can certainly point their judgmental fingers at everyone else. But accepting responsibility for anything? Coming up with any ideas for anything? How would Quayle have proposed to deal with the worst recession in history of the United States? A recession so bad that it threatens to pull is back in.

    August 16, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Karma6338

    Like father like son.

    August 16, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Tom West

    1. Possibly, but at least now we know the true budget rather than the fantasy budgets of the last admin.
    2. Yep, the previously wealthy are extending those unemployment lines beyond reason.
    3. Not really. We will lose the breaks for the "haves".
    4. Why didn't those non-voting republicans control the costs prior to this admin?
    5. Arizona is legalizing profiling and creating a cultural and intellectual "cleansing" through an un-needed law and a denial of accurate history of its citizens. Right up there with Texas.
    6. Why don't we just invade Mexico like we did Iraq?
    7. Ben must only listen to what he wants to hear.
    8. Conceptual statements Ben. I know they are hard to grasp.
    9. Now I'm really stumped. I'm not sure even Ben understands what this collection of words means.

    August 16, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    With al due respect to Mr. Quayle, the only situation where Obama comes close to the worst President would be in a chronological list of Presidents. Being #44 would put him right next to the actuyal worst President #43.

    I will agree that it is early to be ordering the black onyx for Mount Rushmore just yet (after all 20 months isn't that long) However I feel it is a big mistatke for any Republican to even be mentioning "The Worst" title because it brings up images of George W at a time whne their only hope is to get the country to forget him.

    August 16, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    This guy is EXACTLY what Democrats need to run against. Independents SHOULD RUN SCREAMING from this kind of idiocy and, truth be told, reasonable Republicans should, as well.

    Even LOOPY Democrats have to look reasonable and logical next to this kind of baseless attack.

    August 16, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Just Plain Tired of Stupid

    Danger, Danger, another stupid Quayle.....

    August 16, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  13. StuntPlumber

    Not a single one of Quayle's criticisms is valid. The president has plenty of genuine flaws that conservatives could attack, so why do they keep insisting on making stuff up?

    August 16, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. Laurie

    Republicans do not know what evidence is to back up claims. They have become a slimy band of vermin, saying anything that they want, not proving any of their claims, and stoking fear and hatred. Despicable, he fits right in.

    August 16, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Big Al

    America needs Ben Quayle!

    August 16, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. jimmm

    Funny, most of what he lists can be attributed to Bush. As far wealth goes...what has the stock market done since Obama take office?

    The rest can be attributed to Republicans. Name one thing they have agreed to meet him halfway on????

    August 16, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  17. Carl

    First off number 1 is very doubtful. The fact he has continued Bush's tax cuts are one reason this might be true... but that would blame Bush!! Number 3 sort of contradicts number 1 don't ya think?

    Anyhow, the list to why this guy is full of it goes on longer than his list. I can truly say without knowing him that I do not like him one bit.

    Instead of blaming and condemning why don't you / people try to come up with solutions? Maybe because the answers are hard to come by!

    Stop crying and whining about it and step up with some solutions for a change please?!

    August 16, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  18. Hawkster

    How sad, that this is what our country has come to. Obviously ANYBODY can begin to make a name by tearing the country down...which is what this idiot is doing. He is factually wrong but, hey, at least he's a screamer. And the screamers seem to rule right now.

    August 16, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  19. B Miller

    awesome. thank God. We need more people outlining such details. too bad Im not an AZ resident. Mr. Quayle, you would get my vote.

    August 16, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  20. money

    No evidence to back up his claim? Well that's the Quayle way!

    August 16, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. PJ States

    I totally agree young Mr Quayle, but you need to be clear about what you are going to do about Obama's bad stuff.

    August 16, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. hawkster

    And I have to say upon even further reading that EVERYTHING

    August 16, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. Roscoe

    This frat boy loser doesn't know his heuvos from Sarah Palin's. It's a shame that people like this can be elected to office.

    August 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Sean the thinker

    Benny Quayle issued a political hit list against Barack Obama without any evidence to substantiate his claim.

    As soon as anyone directs an intelligible challenge to his claims, he'll accuse the Democrats of attacking him.

    This is the kind of politics Republicans thrive on; making unsubstantiated claims. When their claims are challenged, they divert the issue and play like a victim.

    August 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Nancy

    Ben Quayle is right on. Our Presudent is a national disgrace. Kudos to Mr. Quayle for having the courage to say what many citizens believe to be true.

    August 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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