New GOP lawmaker hardly a political outsider
January 4th, 2011
07:30 PM ET
3 years ago

New GOP lawmaker hardly a political outsider

Washington (CNN) - The freshmen class of House Republicans may be filled with political outsiders, but the young new Member representing Arizona's 3rd congressional district isn't one of them.

Ben Quayle spent his early youth in the halls of Congress with his famous father, Dan.
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Filed under: Ben Quayle • House Republicans
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."

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Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle
August 25th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Quayle survives controversial campaign to win nomination

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.

(CNN) - The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle is a giant step closer to coming to Washington, after winning a wild ten-candidate race for the Republican nomination in Arizona's third congressional district.

Ben Quayle's victory follows a primary campaign filled with controversy and a last minute message of support from the former vice president.

The Associated Press projected that Ben Quayle came out on top in Tuesday's primary and will face Democrat John Hulburd in November's general election. Accoring to the unofficial vote count by AP, with 100 percent of percincts reporting, Quayle captured nearly 23 percent of the ballots cast, nearly 3,000 votes ahead of Steve Moak, who was in second at 18 percent.

The ten candidates were vying to succeed retiring Republican Rep. John Shadegg, who announced in January that he would not seek a ninth term in office. Quayle will now face Phoneix lawyer and businessman John Hulburd, the Democratic nominee, in the November general election in a district that Republicans dominate.

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Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle
August 16th, 2010
07:23 PM ET
4 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:
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Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle
August 13th, 2010
07:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Quayle stands by 'worst president in history' critique






(CNN) - Arizona House candidate Ben Quayle on Friday stood by a statement in a new campaign ad that called President Obama "the worst president in history" but offered nothing more than Republican talking points to back the claim.

Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, shares his father's conservative values and is one of 10 Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Arizona's Third House district.

"He's an ideologue from a leftist bend," Quayle told CNN's John King in an interview to air Friday on John King USA. "I think that he's trying to take control of more parts of the private sector. He's trying to make government the answer to all the problems that we face when we should be focusing more on individual responsibility."

"I stand by my comment," he said of the campaign ad.

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Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle • JKUSA • John King USA
August 12th, 2010
02:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats fire back at Quayle over Obama snub

Ben Quayle, (left) son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, said Obama is the 'worst president in history.'
Ben Quayle, (left) son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, said Obama is the 'worst president in history.'

Washington (CNN) - Top Democrats are firing back at House candidate Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, for running a new campaign ad that slashes President Obama by calling him "the worst president in history."

Brad Woodhouse, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, told CNN that the candidate for a U.S. House seat from Arizona has no standing to judge Obama.

"The son of the worst vice president ever may think he has some wisdom on the job performance of political leaders, but if he thinks a president whose actions have saved the country from a second Great Depression, reformed a broken health care system and protected consumers from the risk and greed of Wall Street merits such mention, his analysis is only slightly less ridiculous than his candidacy for public office is," said Woodhouse.

Quayle, the 33-year-old son of the former vice president, is one of 10 Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for the third district House seat of retiring Rep. John Shadegg. The Republican-leaning district primarily encompasses Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs.
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Filed under: Ben Quayle • DNC • President Obama
August 11th, 2010
02:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Quayle son gets harsh on Obama

 Quayle is out with a dramatic new ad bashing Obama.
Quayle is out with a dramatic new ad bashing Obama.

(CNN) - Ben Quayle, the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle who is seeking a House seat in Arizona, is making a splash with a new campaign ad in which he looks straight into the camera and declares, "Barack Obama is the worst president in history."

"My generation will inherit a weakened country," Quayle also says solemnly in the new 30-second spot. "Drug cartels in Mexico, tax cartels in DC. What's happened to America? I love Arizona. I was raised right. Someone needs to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place."

Quayle, the 33-year-old son of the former vice president, is one of 10 Republicans seeking the GOP nomination for the third district House seat of retiring Rep. John Shadegg. The Republican-leaning district primarily encompasses Phoenix and its surrounding suburbs.

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Filed under: Arizona • Ben Quayle