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

Quayle still on the attack in Arizona

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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 The site has since been renamed, 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. kate

    Is this the only thing that the Republicans are capable of: bashing Pres. Obama. From an ex repubilcan.

    August 26, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. Brian

    He is an idiot, just like his father!

    August 26, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  3. steven harnack

    About eight words? Can't even get a straight sentence out about the number of words, he had to leave himself an out in case he was wrong.

    August 26, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. Boots

    What qualifies Mr. Quayle to make such a bodacious statement? Was he paying attention to "W's" presidency? And what in the hell is in the water in AZ that drives them to vote for the likes of Jon Kyl, J.D. Hayworth & B. Quayle? If Mr. Quayle can spell potato, he must be qualified.

    August 26, 2010 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  5. Don Beal

    What a joke! Posing with someone else's children so he could seem like a family man. Writing for Quayle doesn't exactly occupy the high ground in his attacks. Will Arizona elect him? That would be sinking low.

    August 26, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. John G

    I already like this guy.

    August 26, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  7. jim

    Yes! Another complete loser for the GOP!

    August 26, 2010 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  8. Buster

    See, you can be elected by telling the truth. nobummer beats jimmy carter has the worst President in history.

    August 26, 2010 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  9. Susan

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Might you be a crab apple?

    August 26, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  10. Jim

    What a idiot! He should review the american history! I forgot to mention that his dad was one of the dummest VP ever!

    August 26, 2010 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  11. Ben

    This article is so biased against him. I agree he is kind of a jerk, but I do not find this article objective in the least bit. I guess it sells better than ethical journalism.

    August 26, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  12. sue

    Crash and burn mr. potato head!!

    August 26, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  13. Mike from MN

    Looks like we've found the guy version of Sarah Palin ...

    August 26, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  14. Mark

    who is this potatoehead ?...

    August 26, 2010 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  15. Seattle Voter

    I'm glad I don't have to vote for you. You need to re-visit your HISTORY because your ownfather the former US VICE PRESIDENT made a lot stupid and dumb statements during his time as a VP.

    August 26, 2010 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  16. George of the jungle

    if this don't scare the crap out of you nothing will. Idiots leading idiots. Wake up and vote democratic.

    August 26, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  17. mtnthc

    Enter the clowns

    August 26, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  18. dcdrew

    This little weasel has a lot of b s with him as does the party he represents this none American approach of making statements such as is the hall mark of the party this mess was created by this no substance type that will use without saying of course the past down indifference that fuels division of a nation and want to take us back to the insane rambling that the sky is falling be honest and get facts America remember how we got here idiots as this think of us as nothing but the people on the other side of the tracks that can not think if fruit does not fall far from the tree remember the potato plant this weasel comes from or potato head more likely .

    August 26, 2010 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  19. Aaron

    As much as this boy lies, he'll fit right in with the DC crowd.

    August 26, 2010 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  20. Cy

    The only thing Ben Quayle has proven here is that he can count to 8 (a fair share more than his father, but it's all relative, isn't it?)

    August 26, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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