August 11th, 2010
02:44 PM ET
10 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.

Quayle recently ran into controversy after admitting to having posted on the controversial website four years ago. The racy website features scantily clad women and focuses on profiling the Scottsdale nightclub scene. Quayle told a local TV station Tuesday he posted on the website on behalf of a friend to "drive some traffic."

The primary will be held on August 24.

Filed under: Arizona • Ben Quayle
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. edsbowlingshoe

    His campaign site is an absolute LAUGH – an amalgam of every Republican stereotypical view in the book – by someone who obviously has no ideas of his own. Then again – he was barely out of college when Bush first entered office , so who would expect him to know his history?

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Tim

    I think he's confusing this president with the previous one, who actually took the country down a road to economic weakness. Now stop throwing foolish stones and get to work helping this recovery!

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Will

    So the mess that Obama inherited from Bush is Obama's fault?

    TYPICAL REPUBLICAN. They never take the blame, but are pros at casting it.

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Kevin

    What gets me is that rich kid can not even relate to the average poor white, black, brown or yellow man woman or child, yet the white onese get behind him because they dislike Obama buying into the lie that he isnt restructuring the position of government to be able to respond to the needs of the people more effectively. They buy into the corporate media lies that spew brainwash material to the weak minded. I'll tell you what Quayle supporters. If you think your money is tight now, vote in a slew of republicans this fall, giving them the authority to continue what bush and cheyney began, and I can assure you that you will be suffering far worse than you can imagine. But the Black president and your false perception of him scares you that much, to where you feel you must vote in a bunch of lying, republicans that are bed partners to corporations that dont give a hoot about the average american...feel free.................

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. cathstar

    George W. Bush was the worst in history - by far! He spent like crazy while cutting taxes (primarily for the rich), waged a needless war (which has killed over 4000 Americans) and turned an inherited surplus into a huge deficit.

    I wonder if Dan Quayle is any brighter than his dimwitted father. I doubt it because, as the saying goes: "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!"

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. ralph malph

    This is a slap in the face to all Arizonians. Whether you are a democrat or republican, one who is very liberal or even a tea partier, you can't possibly agree with such an immature declaration. This is probably the worst strategical immediate message ever recorded. I wonder what he would think of the President if he took us into, not one, but two ill-advised, long drawn out, wars of CHOICE with no beneficial outcome for anyone in the ENTIRE WORLD. I also wonder what he would think if this President implemented a crazy energy policy that was so secretive, and relaxing to the energy community. I can only wonder what he would think of a President who took a four trillion dollar surplus, only to create an economy that was losing MILLIONS of jobs in his last year in office. I guess he would probably say that he was one of our greatest leaders ever.

    Mr. Quayle, please don't treat the good folks of Arizona like IDIOTS! We all would appreciate it. You tactics are old, tired, and condescending. Thank you, sir.

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Ben

    I think Quayle was terrible and his son is irrelevant... but to be fair he was simply reading the misspelled card handed to him at a spelling bee. He didn't spell it wrong but presumed the cards wouldn't have such a glaring mistake and it must be correct.

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Sandra Adcock

    He must have spent the last eight years living under a POTATOE field.

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. ROSS

    So bashing the President gives you street cred. Republican politicians have nothing to say about policy, about how they can improve our country because they don't care. They just want to secure a job for the next couple of years. Vote No to the party of No in November.

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Really???

    Eric in Denver – No matter how many times you say these things, it won't make them a fact. GW created the mess and the next administration has to try and fix it, but instead is getting blamed for not being able to stop a train wreck that had all but happened already. You like to say it has been 18 months, like that is long enough to blame it on the next guy. Why then, 6-7 YEARS into W's reign did he blame Clinton for the sub-prime mess? He had all that time to fix any problems and his party had control of Congress. Denial does not change the facts.

    August 11, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Steve

    maybe we should go to arizona and "knock the hell out of" ben quayle.

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Francis

    This is preposterous and hardly newsworthy! Firstly Obama is undoubtedly the best president we've had in the last 100 years
    or so, and secondly, look who's talking – Quayle's father was
    nearly (next to Cheney) the worst VP we've ever had!

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Adam

    Does he know that Mexico isn't part of the US? What about the spelling of "potatoes"? I have doubts about both.

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Jerry Shen

    I am in Penn. I wish I could vote for this guy. We need politicians to work for American citizens, not for illegals; for working American families, not for for their own interests.

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Ted

    "Barack Obama is the worst president in history."

    "My generation will inherit a weakened country,"

    There is a non-sequelae here, a sort of confusion. Your generation, Mr. Quayle, may inherit a weakened country but the blame is misplaced.

    Obama took over after the *real worst president ever* dished out all manner of irresponsible tax cuts to the supremely wealthy, sent America to war based on WMD lies, allowed wire-tapping of Americans without a warrant to normal practice, allows the president to imprison any person as an "enemy combatant" and lock them up in secret prisons.

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  16. anthony

    It is strange that Republicans keep on complaining about taxes. Does Ben Quayle know that Bush tax cuts have not yet been repealed? In other words, when Republicans and Tea Partiers complained about taxes, they should be blaming Bush? If they are complaining about future taxes because of the national debt, why didn't they speak up when the national debt increased 5 trillion to more than 10 trillion under Bush? If Republicans say that Obama must raise taxes to pay off the debt, why didn't the same logic apply to Bush when the national debt doubled under his watch? Do Democratic presidents have a constitutional duty to pay off the debt that does not apply to Republican presidents?

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  17. Duane St.Petersburg Florida

    Obama.....a failure. Tripled the debt on programs the vast majority did not want. A failure and viewed as a joke around the world with his armature attempts at foreign policy. Devaluing our dollar by the day with no end in sight. Thinks that by creating more goverment jobs is the answer when we need to be slashing and reducing the size of govermnet and their intrution into the private sector. Sueing states that want and need help from an over whelming illegal allien influx withour enforcing the current federal laws on immigration. He fights for the rights of non-Americans harder than he does for true citizens.

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. California Gary

    What troubles me most about this guy is not his lack of intellect, but his lack of integrity. When first asked about that website, he tried to deny the whole thing.........only when he realized he was "busted" did he even admit posting anything on there. If he is dishonest about a trivial thing like that, how can anyone trust him when it comes to the big things?

    August 11, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. K Parks

    All Americans inherited a weakened country, but it had nothing to do with Obama. The United States has spent TRILLIONS of our grandchildern's money on two unfunded wars while at the same time Americans have seen their retirement funds get redistributed to the overpaid executives and CEOs who caused this mess.

    Mexican drug cartels have existed way back since Oliver North. Republicans have had over a decade to correct, yet has not. Tax cartels extend tax breaks to wealthy while average Americans suffer.

    Many people want to go to Washington and change the way things are done only to find out that the legislators and their staff are entrenched in the old ways. How is Ben Quayle going to be different?

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. Bobby Vee

    OK. Now do you see why we need campaign finance reform and term limits? This clown in Washington? Tell Sarah she's going to have to
    share her coloring book.

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. JV

    Beyond laughable

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    You can tell he's related to Quayle without being told – just as clueless as his dad.

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Is there research to find a treatment for Selective Alzheimer's?

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Hockey

    There is a reason President Obama has spent the money it is to get this economy going after the disaster it was left in by the Bush administration. All the Rep. Party wants to do is block anything Obama does and play the blame game on him. Were you all in never never land from 2001 to 2008 and woke up in 2009 and needed some one to blame? Where were you all when things were going REAL BAD thru Presidents Bushs reign? Any President that had this under taking would have had his hands full.

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  25. LaChatte

    This just occurred to me... Do you think Ben was hatched from a Quayle egg?

    August 11, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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