August 25th, 2010
08:14 PM ET
13 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. Sgt. USMC

    Just when I thought there was nothing worst than 2 Bush's comes along another quayle. 2012 will be the end of the world for sure.

    August 25, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Jerry

    This guy is a boob, just like his father.

    August 25, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. Bessy

    I can't even believe that the people in Arizonia let this joker get this far. Oh well, when they have to fight to keep their SS, maybe then, they will realize what jokers they are voting for.

    August 25, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. stan

    Wow! Honest, high quality, deep thinkers like this are what the Republican party have to offer our country? How about someone step up on either side and offer some actual constructive thoughts on how we can address the deep problems our children will face in this country. Just riling up the base and driving wedges will not get the job done.

    August 25, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Patriot

    The apple does not fall far from the tree.

    His father was impotent at best as vice president, and this kid is just following in his dad's footsteps. He screwed up his campaign and used Obama as a target to the change the subject. Stupid is as stupid does....

    August 25, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. David

    Was it not the Bush Administration that began this whole thing. Why do these party hacks feel it necessary to defend their defunct party by attacking another. Democratic or Republican, G W bush or Obama you are both responsible. You have sold America down the road. shame on you. If our people had any sense they would never check mark anyone who had a D or an R by their name on the ballot.

    August 25, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. No Way Joe

    Quayle is right and America knows it.

    August 25, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Chris

    Quayle..what a joke.

    August 25, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. chaski

    Several years ago, we almost moved to Flagstaff, but I got cold feet and we decided against it. My wife was really angry at me.

    In recent years I think that anger has subsided when looking at some of the truly odd political characters we see grabbing for power in that state.

    One thing we did notice, (and something that played a large part in my decision), was the abysmal educational system. Seems like it hasn't improved.

    August 25, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  10. garc

    Good God, this man is the male version of Sarah Palin. Why on earth should anyone be interested in what he has to say?

    August 25, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. Hannah

    Amazed that he won, but then he outspent all the others and had the Quail name, which should really make people run as fast and far as possible. Not only that he admitted to writing for a corn (cnn won't let me use the word) site for sleazy Scottsdale girls and he had an ad with two children saying he's a family man, but he's not he's single. is this what we are getting for politicians. He's said nothing about what he will do for the state and he's certainly not for the people. Why would anyone vote for him. I am amazed.

    August 25, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Yet another big mouthed NO CONTENT REPUKE

    August 25, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Russ

    Again, I thought you couldn't be gay and be a Republican. Oh, he's not gay, well being a Quayle is just as bad. I feel sorry for the state of Arizonia if one of their candidates think Obama is the worst President in history after what George Bush accomplished. Some really dumb candidates.

    August 25, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. CMG

    Can you spell potato? Interesting that he thinks Obama is the worst President in the history of this country as he certainly doesn't appear smart enough to have read any history book. Does he have any thoughts on the worst VP in the history of the country? I do.

    August 25, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Barry

    He will win. Strongly Republican district and they will love to hear any comments like these because they agree with him. Every time the Media gives him this type of free publicity it gains the majority he will win with.

    August 25, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. Grizzly Season

    When is Quayle season in Arizona?

    August 25, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Richie Rashad

    We know who the Worst Vice-President was!

    August 25, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Ah when you have the middle name of Dover....can you spell potato?

    August 25, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Scot

    Sounds like his Daddy and just as dense !

    August 25, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Sandra in Arizona

    Considering his age, maturity, and heredity, could anyone take him seriously? Can he spell "potato?"

    August 25, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. Riley

    Take it to em, Ben. Congrats on your win.

    August 25, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. quinn

    Ben Quayle has a lot of nerve by trying to come across as a moral crusader – especially after taking the moniker of "Brock Landers," who played a porn star in the movie Boogie Nights.

    August 25, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. pat

    it's amazing that all you hear from republicans is how bad a president Obama is. The funny part is that not just white people vote. If you have a problem w/ the present administration, explain in intelligent words why and stop slinging mud.

    August 25, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. AZ DEM

    Ben nothing fails to surprise me with this guy. Being originally from IN it looks like there is no escaping these people. I hope voters in AZ don't elect this clown. Its funny however that his claim to fame has been calling the president the worst in history....OK Ben you're entitled to your own opinion but NOT your own facts. Him deeming the president the worst is hardly a qualified analysis. This is however the ultimate example of how fickle the American and especially Republican voters are in this state. Obama isn't perfect I'll be the first to admit that but he is far from the worst and as many monumental things this adminstration has passed he wont EVER be known as the worst. So good luck getting elected running on that platform Ben it actually may work for you because unfortunately people don't recognize the good the President and the Dems have tried to do for this nation. Lets all just remember hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20.

    August 25, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. AJ

    Can he even spell the word President?

    August 25, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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