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
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  1. Pragmatic

    Now compare Mr. Potato Head with what conservative Rubio is saying:

    Mr. Rubio spends less and less time trying to tap into the discontent that has been at the forefront of the midterm elections. “A wiser course for Republicans,” he said, “is offering an alternative, not simply being the angry opposition.”

    Mr. Rubio is increasingly trying to turn his candidacy into one built more on ideas than outrage, which is why he delivered three detailed speeches in the past week alone on education, veterans’ affairs and retiree issues.

    ... Huge difference ... which do you think the American people are going to find more compelling?

    August 25, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. xxx

    At least he can count, can he spell?

    August 25, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    More and more favorable reports on young Ben Quayle all the time!
    Keep up the good work, guy!

    August 25, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  4. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Stupid is as stupid does. Any Qualye knows that.

    August 25, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Midwestmatt

    Well, at least he won't have to worry about filling his father's shoes. My 8 year old can do that.

    Counterattack? Whatever. When it becomes clear that Quayle is hiding his connection to the raunchy website he is disavowing then we'll see him for what he really is. Just another Republican hypocrite.

    August 25, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    Nothing concrete about what he's going to do for the country – just a lot of bad-mouth POLUTION about a President who is TRYING TO DO SOMETHING FOR AMERICA!!!

    That's ALL RepubliCAN'Ts have to offer –

    August 25, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. KJ

    I have one question. Is he running for Congress or for the presidency? How about reporting on what he will do for the people he may represent. He is a prime example of what is wrong with our political leaders. Instead of focusing on solutions, he is acting like a 10 year old school kids calling other people names.

    August 25, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    Your father had more class in his little pinkie then you have in your whole body. You represent what is worst with today's Republicans. You have no idea what you are talking about.

    PS I don't think it will be good for your party to be thowing around the "Worst President" label so soon after the George W Bush error. The only way Obama is even close to the worst President is if you list all the Presidents in chronological order. Then I suppose as #44 he would be close to the worst President ever: #43

    August 25, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. mtrought

    He may even be more stupid than his dad

    August 25, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. anthony

    Obama had to pay for the tow truck to pull this country out of the ditch and Quayle complains about spending.

    Obama wants more then the 'privileged' to have access to health care and this guy complains.

    Obama tells it like it is about how "un-perfect' America really is , and this guy complains.

    Obama wipes his @ass the wrong direction and this guy (how Quayle knew, i'll never know) complains.

    August 25, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Tim

    Wow...really worst ever???

    Apparently someone forgets about Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover, Ford...Seriously don't belittle their achievements or lack their of.

    It's amazing how bombastic these candidates are...I don't care what you think of the president. I want you to fix things without griping about the otherside...

    Like a bunch of kids...sheesh

    August 25, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  12. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Another example of why I left the republican party. It has been "conquered" by these loud mouth fanatical neo-cons with zero substance. They are led by the most self interested, non patriotic phonies like Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gigrich.

    August 25, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Helen

    This skinny little rat needs to shut his stupid mouth and get lost. Who is he to call Obama the worst Pesident in history. His father was the most stupid Vice President in history and it looks like it's a case of like father like son.

    August 25, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Terry

    Way to go spud.

    August 25, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  15. Craig

    What a idoit. Future of the party, all attack no ideas. Oh and I am sure he has no problem with the
    Bush spending only now since its a dem

    August 25, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. CanadaOne

    You guys vote these turkeys in???

    Sorry ‘quail’

    Ask him if he ever really graduated from college – then check his grades...

    Yup! He is a quail!!!

    August 25, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  17. Bob

    I would vote for him. We at least know he has common sense and isn't going to hide the truth. Obama is the worst president in American history. We won't be fooled again!

    August 25, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  18. GaryB

    His answer to the Ulysses S. Grant question makes me wonder if he even knows who U.S. Grant was.

    Oh well, God bless America, where even the willfully ignorant can grow up to be a Republican nominee for Congress... provided Daddy brings plenty of money.

    August 25, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  19. Dr Matrix

    I have the misfortune of living in CD3 in AZ and this twerp will probably be my representative due to the conservative nature of the district. What is most unfortunate is ther were more qualified candidates who must not have had the funds to advertise on TV. I'm sure he won on name recognition alone, but the people of Arizona and Maricopa County seem to elect some of the worst candidates out there.

    August 25, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. tlmess

    Geeeezzzzzz, he sounds sooo experienced.

    August 25, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    The face of the GOP- Palin, Rand Paul and now Quayle.
    They call people names, hate most non-white americans and could not tell the truth if their lives depended on it.
    Thank you GOP- you gave back the moderates and independents back to the Democrats.
    Mr.s McConnell, Boehner and Steele- you've done your party proud by allowing these people to emerge. Yuo don't see this in the Democratic party!

    August 25, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. Cindy

    The same psychology as a child who gets a reaction the first time he does something baffling... he does it again... and again and again, hoping to retain the attention.

    The first time he said it, it was baffling (cause really, Mr. Quayle... do you know the reputation of your dad?). The second time he says it, it's annoying. Third, forth time, it's time to ignore the child.

    August 25, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. Liz the First

    Coming from this genius, 'worst president in history' is to be considered a compliment. he lives in that bizarro world where bad is good and black is white and lies are truth. so when you translate his statement into real-world speak, Obama is the best president in history, which may very well prove to be true when history looks back on this administration and all the good its done for us in only 18 months. what did this guy do to deserve election? what did his father do except become the laughing stock of the country? this clown may turn out to be a present to the Democratic party wrapped in a big red bow.

    August 25, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  24. GonzoinHouston

    And I'll respond with 6 words: Ben Quayle is full of crap.

    August 25, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  25. ED FL

    If he is in sight in Arizona that means he is not working at his sex perversion.don't worry every day a new GOP'Er comes out of the closet ,they still have plenty to go

    August 25, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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