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. Fernando

    He is so out of touch with reality and current history. He would be an excellent V.P for Sarah Palin.

    August 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Tom Gettys

    Hey Quayle Boy – spell potato for me

    August 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Portland, Maine

    Ben Quayle: What a Fraud

    August 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. trashcup

    And the number one reason why Ben Quayle shouldn't get elected?

    He's stupid.

    August 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Mike from Brooklyn

    Please, please, please: there are serious grown-up matters to consider here! This little fool is up 'way past his bedtime. Listen, get real: this misguided little know-nothing punk is shooting off his mouth just to gain some noteriety. Let's not indulge him by giving him any attention. There is NO story here, CNN - this is just someone of no substance or character and we should pay him no mind.

    August 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. ray morgenstern

    Right in line with the footsteps of his dad – behold the next generation of the Great American Doofus....

    August 16, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Dal From California

    Back your statements with facts. If Ben you cannot do that then like Dan Quayle (your father) you will be called a fool. Dan could not spell and you cannot produce facts.
    looks like educationally you are similar to your famous Father Dan Quai.

    August 16, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. CTYank

    Kinda like dad- not the sharpest tool in the shed. And then, an ankle-biter, gratuitously attacking a President who's quite beyond him.
    He doth project too much, ascribing to Mr. Obama the products of previous administration and Republican representatives.
    Maybe Ben should read up on Presidents like Johnson, Fillmore, Buchanan, and Herbert Hoover. Like, search on "Hoovervilles" which it seems he'd rather we have, rather than aggressive economic action.

    August 16, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. Leann

    Does Ben feel that he can make this claim since his father was known for being the dumbest vice president. I wonder if Ben can spell potato?

    August 16, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Fernando

    The future of the Quayle dinasty is safe.

    August 16, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. LouAz

    If this guy gets elected here in Aridzona, the inmates will truely be running the Hot Insane Asylum.

    August 16, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. maf


    Dan, get your son out of politics!!!

    Elect this guy. . . and we should all be afraid!

    He (or his supporters) PAID for this ad. If you believe him America, we are all in for a very rough ride.

    August 16, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. steph

    here are nine reasons why this man should never be elected to any office.
    1. he is an idiot child from an idiot parent.
    2. he is an idiot who lives in Az
    3. he is an idiot
    3. he is an idiot with no proof to back up anything so that also makes him a liar.
    4. He probably found the two kids in his campaign ad on the internet. that also makes him a liar he has no kids.
    5. he is depraved and dilusional. don't follow the sex cites then lie about it.
    6. he did not scream about immigration when it was a problem while bush was in office.
    7, he is still an idiot
    8 i think he is un-American there i said it so it must be true.
    9. I think he needs to have the same health care that Americans have that cancel policies and refuses coverage. If he thinks it is a perfect health care system he is a bigger idiot....see Scott running for FL Gov.. He ripped off medicare, medicaid and policiy holders so I am pretty sure they would not contain cost. Cnn has yet to post my comments.

    August 16, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |

    Quayle Quayle.....Nothing new here...The hatred henchmen your father created have said that since obama was elected, even before he took office...

    August 16, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Ben Quayle, you are a one lousy psychopath.

    August 16, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. Michael M. Noonan

    Quayle is right. "This used to be a hell of a good country."

    August 16, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. SCOTT

    Where was this guy when George W Bush was in office. GWB incareased our national debt 7 trillion dollars (more then the last 43 presidents together) and gave us the largest recession in the history of this country and Ben Quayle says Obama is the worst. What rock is this guy sleeping under for past 10 years? More politics by the right wing and less interest in making this country better.

    August 16, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  18. Martin Williams

    Somebody please, help this man. Ben Quayle got some very seroius mental problem. Very soon he is going to hurt someone/or plenty people. This man is very sick or he is just very stupid and does NOT surprise me a bit considering his background. Ben, this is NOT the finist health system in the world, stupid. Just because you got a gold spoon in your empty month.........

    August 16, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  19. Larry

    CNN, you cater to some of the most uninteresting people on this planet.

    August 16, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. colowest

    Why on Earth does anybody give a flying fig what this ignorant propeller-head has to say about anything?? This is news????

    A buffalo chip off the old block, that's for sure!

    August 16, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  21. MCD

    Oh, give me a break! He is just going after the "Obama Haters."

    Most Americans are intelligent enough to know that President Obama took office AFTER the economy had been destroyed by 8 years of Republican control.

    I would hope that most people would realize that The President cannot fix in one year what took 8 years to make. Especially when is TRYING to work WITH the Party of No!

    August 16, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  22. Donkey Party

    A fool and a liar. I hope this little punk gets his scrawny butt kicked. Not only in the elections, but literally.

    August 16, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  23. La Piovra

    Damn shame. His daddy was only stupid, while Ben is a mean little liar, too. But as go the Quayles, so goes the GOP (or vice versa)

    August 16, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Ted D

    Well, being the son of Dan Quayle certainly puts him in the position of having first-hand knowledge of miserably-inept politicians. I would encourage candidate Quayle, who clearly inherited his father's intelligence genes, to take time to think before posting such drivel. At a minimum, he should understand that Barack Obama wasn't President from 2000 through 2008, when the economic collapse was set in motion.

    August 16, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    While he is playing a close second, at the moment, he still hasn't been as bad as Jimmy Carter.

    Of course, you are too young to remember those years.

    August 16, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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