August 25th, 2010
08:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Quayle still on the attack in Arizona

Ben Quayle won a ten-candidate race for the Republican nomination in Arizona's third congressional district on Tuesday.
Ben Quayle won a ten-candidate race for the Republican nomination in Arizona's third congressional district on Tuesday.

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.


Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle
soundoff (120 Responses)
  1. jay in denver

    'When CNN attempted to interview the former Vice President he said he's "feeling great" then walked on.'

    Of course, the question was, "Mr. Vice President, how do you spell potato?"

    Rage, rage against the lying of the Right.

    August 25, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  2. Valorie from Raleigh

    Ben Quale is just another Republican want-to-be who is trashing the President to get his name out. When it comes to intelligence, education and ability, Ben Quale isn't even a shadow of President Obama. He is a perfect example of what the present Republican party has become . They have lost my vote and support.

    August 25, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. azmary

    All I can say is thank heavens he does not represent the part of the state where I live. Our current rep is bad enough.

    August 25, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  4. Paul Ernest Show

    Unfortunate that such a young man embraces deception and lies , typical of GOP politics, at such a young age. Attacking the president does not make his deceptions right and yet his fellow republicans accept and reward him. Now they would push him to the world to gain more experience and perfect on the GOP fraud and deceptive politics. Hypocrisy is a virtue for the GOP.

    August 25, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  5. malabar

    as long as ur under attack u knw ur doing somethng right. thats a bipartisan lil nugget of truth

    August 25, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    His daddy kept him hidden in Wickenburg out of danger. Spoiled entitled brat whose daddy didn't kick his butt enough and if he had maybe he wouldn't be seedy and engaging in porn. But then again daddy wasn't good at his job otherwise his son wouldn't be so screwed up.

    August 25, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. busted up

    yeah, these quayles are known for their quick wit....

    August 25, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. BeverlyNC

    Qualye is a clueless child of entitlement who has no respect for anything – including himself.

    I cannot believe AZ would put such a snot-nosed know-nothing extremist in a position to actually go to Congress. He's a nobody using the recognition of his last name. However, does no one remember what a stupid, gaffe joke of a VP his father was? He went to a school and chastised a child for spelling "potato" wrong. Quayle added an "e" onto the end of the word and declared "potatoe" was the correct spelling. He was nothing but a fool.

    Seems like his son is as much of a "potatoe" head as his father.

    AZ- are you really this stupid? McCain? Quayle" Kyl? None of these elitist liars and bigots should be allowed anywhere near Washington.

    Throw McCain out and don't send the idiot Quayle anywhere.

    August 25, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  9. normajean

    This person has proven in his lies and exaggerations that he is a very poor choice for any political office.It won't take long for anyone with this type of personality for the people to realize that if he can't be trusted then he's gone. Things are too tight and troublesome in our country right now and we all have to do the best we can to pull it up to where it should be. This type of candidate can only cause more trouble and lose us some time and progress.There are better people out there and we want the best.

    August 25, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  10. La Piovra

    Long ago, there was an article in the Smithsonian Magazine about a juvenile polar bear who would bug the Hell out of strange adult polar bears until they finally gave chase. Then, he'd run and hide behind his ferocious mama. It worked for him, at least until he grew up, and I suppose it'll work for Ben Quayle, at least until he does. It seems like a Hell of a way to run a Congressional seat, though.

    August 25, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  11. opus512

    This guys a moron who's never going past the state level, just like his moron dad.

    August 25, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  12. Desmond in Canada

    Just when we thought it couldn't get worse than Pallin (after the original Quale, that is), we now get this Quale. It's downhill for the Repuglicans.

    August 25, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  13. Levin

    Dear God, I fear for the future of this country. I didn't think it was possible, but this bozo makes his old man look like Thomas Jefferson.

    August 25, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  14. Edward eggers

    Ben Quayle is an idiot just like his idiot father dan who i worked for.they are only matched in WHO HAS THE LOWEST IQ by sarah palin and president dyslexic george junior idiot bush who history will record as the worst president.....sorry you are wrong ben Quayle obama has forgotten more than your father dan who spelled potato potatoe to a young group of children who were smarter than he is. i would not vote for you even if you werent an idiot who wrote for a perverted scottsdale arizona website you perverted blogger you.......i pray you dont start talking about the same ole right wing republican FAMILY VALUES AGENDA. i PRAY the democrat wins even if it is MR ED THE TALKING SPELLING POTATO HORSE .

    August 25, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  15. SteveO

    I'm sure the dead US soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan would have appreciated Ben wanting to take his "fight for America" to congress. At least the families they left behind can vote for him. Like father like son. I'm sure he'll have a lot to say about those awful "elites."

    August 25, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  16. dcfromct

    Quayle doesn't have the best reputation but he makes a point and history will determine whether or not Obama will beat out Carter for that bottom spot.
    Still a bit early to tell, but it sure looks like Obama is making a go for it.

    August 25, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  17. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The nut doesn't fall far from the tree now does it? too bad he can't express a plan to get Arizona out of the stone age...

    August 25, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  18. Dieter

    Another Republican scumbag and dim bulb but Arizona would vote for the devil if he had an "R" behind his name. Why can't politics attract good, decent, intelligent, self-sacrificing people into its ranks. Why is it always these dolts?

    August 25, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  19. Carmelle

    Wait...is he running against Obama?

    Why do they want to run directly against him? Is where the most anger is?..ah yeah...that black muslim guy is in the white house. I forgot.

    August 25, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  20. StEve

    Hmmmn where was in during the eight years George Bush was the Worst president ? Oh yeah Uranus!

    August 25, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  21. nick

    Benny Quail......Moran...

    August 26, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  22. James Martin

    Ben, lets see if you're qualified.....spell what hashbrowns are made of.

    August 26, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  23. Mark Schmit

    Ben Quayle isnt goingt o kick anybodys butt, physically or metaphorically...he is grossly unfit to be a US congressman and is another unfortunate stain on the state of Arizona...Lets see if the conservative media here give him a free ride or actually ask him what ideas he has to balance the budget, as if he has any at all...God help us all if the son of the worst Vice President in US history (&its a tight race between Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney) becomes our new Representative

    August 26, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  24. Linda

    The reason he is so hard on Obama is simple; if McCain had one, Dan's father would have been the second worst VP in history.

    August 26, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Francisco Cardenas

    what does he want to do with "buts" in Washington?

    August 26, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
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