Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) – Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, doubled down Wednesday on his attack of President Obama.
Speaking to reporters a day after capturing the Republican nomination for Congress in Arizona's 3rd district, Quayle declared, "I really have about eight words to share with you, and that is: Barack Obama is the worst president in history." And he warned the Obama administration that the "counterattack starts now."
The candidate – an attorney making his first foray into politics – made national headlines for a series of campaign gaffes that included using someone else's children in a campaign mailer and denying – before offering a qualified acknowledgment – that he had blogged for a raunchy online site.
Quayle managed to change the conversation late in the race by releasing a biting ad that called President Obama the worst in history and declared he wants to go to Washington to "kick some butt."
During the primary, Quayle – a young looking 33-year-old political newcomer – managed to raise more than a million dollars with the help of his father and former President George H.W. Bush. Quayle beat back accusations that his father was buying him the seat, and then complained he was being treated unfairly by the press. But with the nomination locked up, he seems to think its all just part of the political process.
Asked by CNN if the press was unfair to him, Quayle said "I think the media is doing its job" then said with a smile "I thought that I had a very good level of scrutiny and I've taken it in stride."
Quayle refused to answer local reporters' attempts to clarify what he may have written on a now defunct website called DirtyScottsdale.com. The site has since been renamed theDirty.com, but features similar content – gossip about nightlife in cities around the country.
But he did respond to CNN's request to explain why, in his estimation, President Obama is worse than, say Ulysses S. Grant – whose presidency was marred by scandal.
Quayle explained, "[W]ell we can quibble about the worst but if you look at the track record of what has happened in the last year and a half, fundamentally he [Obama] has taken over our country in a way that is frightening to a lot of people including myself."
He went on to fault Congress and the President for excessive spending, passing health care reform and "apologizing for America."
Quayle was joined at the event by his parents Marilyn and Dan Quayle. When CNN attempted to interview the former Vice President he said he's "feeling great" then walked on.
What a creep! I can't imagine some one letting him borrow their kids for a t.v. ad.
The second dumbest white man alive speaks, the first was his father Mr. Potato with 2 tees
Well I hope he makes it and does kick Butt from the top down and especially McCain who is so wish-washy it makes you sick. It's just too bad we didn't have a better qualified person to run against Mccain.
So far, he appears to be about half as stupid as his Dad.
May God Bless the Next Congressman of that District Ben Quayle!!! I agree that President Obama is the worst president! We need REAL change. Thank you to Congressman Shadegg who served his country with dignity. And now on to November for victory, for country, and for honor!
The VERY BEST wishes for success, to the new Quayle. I am all for anybody who is willing to call it as they see it with the very overrated and vastly irritating Obama bunch. Go get 'em, I say!
Is Arizona becoming the "Island of Misfit Toys" for Republican politicians?
What a moron! Sarah Palin may not be the stupidest person on Earth but rather the second stupidest person on Earth.
Sigh, another moron from AZ. Folks, we don't have an immigration problem here, our real problem is the right wing nut jobs like this idiot.
He's disgusting, that's all I can say.
Here come Quayle to lay a big egg on Obummie's face!!!!
This should be an advertisement for birth control. Dan and Marilyn have produced a loud mouth, know it all, entitled brat. I am so glad I moved from the State of Arizona. I loved the place, but it sounds like it is being run over by wealthy thugs. How dare he be so disrespectful of our President. What a waste of space this guy is....
I want to add- it will certainly be a hugely welcome relief to have more leaders in DC once again who don't have bizarre and hard-to-trace backgrounds like BO. For example, it is so heartening and refreshing to see people like the Quayles in the news again, who have a very easy to trace, honorable track record of hard work, established professional lives, multi-generational American roots and loyalties, and very solid proof of graduation from US colleges. It has been a very weird and patience-trying ride with the current charlatan who is a failure and a con-artist-(even though this truth has been hidden for him for years.)BO is a failure in every category that should count with every decent, law-abiding person. And before anybody starts with the race card twaddle, let me inform you- I have voted for black candidates, and will in the future, whenever I find one I like who I feel is good for the US and qualified. BO and entourage were neither, so he didn't get my vote. It's that simple, and never had anything to do with his skin hue. Lord, the need to point that out is tiring, stupid, and really getting old!
Go Ben go! The majority of Americans feel the same as you! Liberals will despise you but they are a dying breed!
This guy is Gayer than a two dollar bill.
He and George W are probably bed buddies.
I believe George W IS GAY, just like the GOP want to believe that Obama is Muslim
I have to plaster the Gay Bush article all over Facebook.
Glad to hear daddy's helping Ben find a career.
This guy is a little nuts. I guess he doesn't remember President Bush's tenure. Arizona is full of low information voters, apparently.
Hey Ben – I know you are new to politics so let me let you in on a little secret...you are not running for President! (I know daddy flamed out in his bid and might be channeling through you) What are you proposing to do SPECIFICALLY if you are elected to congress. Why are you a better choice than your opponent? How will you better serve your constituents? (although if you are like most other politicians, they distantly trail party, power and funders)
Again you are a novice, but how has the president "taken over the country in ways that are really frightening"? How has your life changed? What have you lost? Why are you scared? Frankly, in just a short time you are making Daddly seem like a genius.
This coming from a guy who "won" with 22% of the Republican vote. Don't you understand that 78% voted against you.
Although I believe that Hillary Clinton would have made a better President, I am very happy that she has been spared this constant abuse from the extremist far right.
Imagine if she had to put up with these kind of intellectually dishonest personal attacks from snot-nosed punks like Ben Quayle.
This guy is a clown attach to puppet strings!
"Quayle beat back accusations that his father was buying him the seat, and then complained he was being treated unfairly by the press."
Well, he's got the Republican whiny victim thing down pat ...that's about all you need to be a Repub candidate these days ...
This is not unlike the situation of a newspaper critic who wrote that Vladimir Horowitz was the greatest pianist in history: nobody living had heard all the pianists in history, for example Franz Liszt. A debate resulted in the critic's assertion that Horowitz was even the greatest pianist who ever would live.
I do not think it would be fair to say that President Obama is the worst president that the United States will ever have.
He barely won the primary. His ideas of why Obama is the worst are incorrect at best and shows that he doesn't think at worst. If he wins, then Arizona will become more of a laughing stock.
Thats his platform, attack Obama? Thats really shallow and empty and precisely what is wrong with this country and the republican party. His father is so too buying his seat in congress. Spoiled rich kid!