August 13th, 2010
07:10 PM ET
12 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.

"The future that he [President Obama] has created for my generation and other generations is pretty terrifying," the 33-year-old candidate said. "It seems like right now he's starting to destroy the American dream."

Related video: John King's political fact check

Quayle did not point to any specific policies, programs, strategies or remarks from the president that supported his comments, however.

Quayle also responded to allegations that he penned regular contributions to a now defunct website called The site has since been renamed, but features similar content – gossip about nightlife in cities around the country. A quick glance at the website offers an endless stream of photographs of provocatively dressed women.

The site's owner, Nik Richie, wrote in an August 9 blog post that Quayle was the person behind the alias 'Brock Landers.' Quayle has admitted to writing several blog posts for the original DirtyScottsdale website, but says he is not behind the Brock Landers posts.

"I posted a few comments on a website that doesn't even exist anymore, they were innocuous and, you know, these are the types of smear campaigns that are being pushed against me about nothing," Quayle told CNN on Friday.

Arizona's Republican primary will be held on August 24.

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Ben Quayle • JKUSA • John King USA
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. waheid

    You're joking! Dan Quayle's son is criticizing Obama? There's no question that if we were to list the most incompetent politician who ever held the position of Vice President, Dan Quayle's name would be very near the top. Now his son, showing no more competence than his father, is entering politics. (Is it any wonder that our government is so screwed up? Consider the politicians who are running the country.) Young Mr. Quayle should consider some other line of work. Maybe he could be a teacher. He could, for instance, teach spelling, as in "potato."

    August 13, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  2. Paul

    Arizona was part of Mexico. Please, provide me with one copy of Visa in the passports of settlers in Mayflower... I can believe that people who came here in pursuit of freedom and happiness are now talking about illigal immigration. Ask my grandparents what illigal immigration can do to you? Send you to reservation, kill you and destroy your tribes and cultures and call yourself "father founders".
    Tell me Quayle's tribe?

    August 13, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. Andrew

    "What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is." – Dad

    August 13, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Steve in North Carolina

    Good for him!

    August 13, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. john in Cal

    Another loser brought to you by that late great party-the GOP. the dumbing of America can be seen easily, just look at who represents the GOP.

    August 13, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Mike in St. Louis

    And this comment is coming from the man who's father was The Worst Vice-President in history. Go figure.

    August 13, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Bingo

    really??? from the son of Dan Quayle

    August 13, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Stand by your comment all you want, young Quayle, thinking Americans know better. He's most certainly better than Richard Nixon, with his "Southern Strategy" who resigned in disgrace. He's certainly better than Bush II, who led us into Iraq on made-up reasons. So yeah, he may be the worst, but he would be the THIRD worst, if you want to say that.

    August 13, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. roro

    This jerk needs to go back to grade school for a refresher in history and
    social studies. Actually he doesn't have to go too far back in history to find one of our worst, if not the worst, president ever.

    August 13, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    too bad we can't team up Quayle's kid with Nixon's grandkid on a ticket. That way we could have a ticket of next generations of a "CROOK and a SCHNOOK"! Get out while you can kid you're WAY over your head in this one.

    August 13, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  11. cjr

    this guy needs to stay in arizona where his politics are accepted- this is a childish plea for attention, arizona is just the place for someone who has some very serious antisocial issues and some deep seat anger issues. keep him in arizona- he fits right in!

    August 13, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  12. philme1

    Thank you CNN. You did a great job of keeping this story in perspective. The bigot could've at least named one thing da perz has done to have earned that honor.

    August 13, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Wake up America!

    Hey CNN... What are "Republican talking points?"
    Let's guess, you don't like anyone standing up against obama and now you are pulling this kind of crap!

    Quayle's right. obama SUCKS!

    August 13, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. Wake up America!

    THIS JUST IN! CNN to do damage control for obama. Quayle may have some good points. Hurry CNN, throw up some fact checks to show Quayle's opinion is inaccurate.

    August 13, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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