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. Seattle Sue

    What a creep! I can't imagine some one letting him borrow their kids for a t.v. ad.

    August 25, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Bill or Vin from Philly

    The second dumbest white man alive speaks, the first was his father Mr. Potato with 2 tees

    August 25, 2010 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  3. Sunshine

    Well I hope he makes it and does kick Butt from the top down and especially McCain who is so wish-washy it makes you sick. It's just too bad we didn't have a better qualified person to run against Mccain.

    August 25, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. Jack

    So far, he appears to be about half as stupid as his Dad.

    August 25, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |

    May God Bless the Next Congressman of that District Ben Quayle!!! I agree that President Obama is the worst president! We need REAL change. Thank you to Congressman Shadegg who served his country with dignity. And now on to November for victory, for country, and for honor!

    August 25, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. gretchen

    The VERY BEST wishes for success, to the new Quayle. I am all for anybody who is willing to call it as they see it with the very overrated and vastly irritating Obama bunch. Go get 'em, I say!

    August 25, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. GrogInOhio

    Is Arizona becoming the "Island of Misfit Toys" for Republican politicians?

    August 25, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  8. JonDie

    What a moron! Sarah Palin may not be the stupidest person on Earth but rather the second stupidest person on Earth.

    August 25, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Dan in AZ

    Sigh, another moron from AZ. Folks, we don't have an immigration problem here, our real problem is the right wing nut jobs like this idiot.

    August 25, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Jeanne H.

    He's disgusting, that's all I can say.

    August 25, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. terry,va

    Here come Quayle to lay a big egg on Obummie's face!!!!

    August 25, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. wendy

    This should be an advertisement for birth control. Dan and Marilyn have produced a loud mouth, know it all, entitled brat. I am so glad I moved from the State of Arizona. I loved the place, but it sounds like it is being run over by wealthy thugs. How dare he be so disrespectful of our President. What a waste of space this guy is....

    August 25, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  13. gretchen

    I want to add- it will certainly be a hugely welcome relief to have more leaders in DC once again who don't have bizarre and hard-to-trace backgrounds like BO. For example, it is so heartening and refreshing to see people like the Quayles in the news again, who have a very easy to trace, honorable track record of hard work, established professional lives, multi-generational American roots and loyalties, and very solid proof of graduation from US colleges. It has been a very weird and patience-trying ride with the current charlatan who is a failure and a con-artist-(even though this truth has been hidden for him for years.)BO is a failure in every category that should count with every decent, law-abiding person. And before anybody starts with the race card twaddle, let me inform you- I have voted for black candidates, and will in the future, whenever I find one I like who I feel is good for the US and qualified. BO and entourage were neither, so he didn't get my vote. It's that simple, and never had anything to do with his skin hue. Lord, the need to point that out is tiring, stupid, and really getting old!

    August 25, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    Go Ben go! The majority of Americans feel the same as you! Liberals will despise you but they are a dying breed!

    August 25, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. KatieDid

    This guy is Gayer than a two dollar bill.
    He and George W are probably bed buddies.

    I believe George W IS GAY, just like the GOP want to believe that Obama is Muslim

    I have to plaster the Gay Bush article all over Facebook.

    August 25, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Jay

    Glad to hear daddy's helping Ben find a career.

    August 25, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |

    This guy is a little nuts. I guess he doesn't remember President Bush's tenure. Arizona is full of low information voters, apparently.

    August 25, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. Mr. Moderate

    Hey Ben – I know you are new to politics so let me let you in on a little are not running for President! (I know daddy flamed out in his bid and might be channeling through you) What are you proposing to do SPECIFICALLY if you are elected to congress. Why are you a better choice than your opponent? How will you better serve your constituents? (although if you are like most other politicians, they distantly trail party, power and funders)

    Again you are a novice, but how has the president "taken over the country in ways that are really frightening"? How has your life changed? What have you lost? Why are you scared? Frankly, in just a short time you are making Daddly seem like a genius.

    August 25, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. Audrey Fryer

    This coming from a guy who "won" with 22% of the Republican vote. Don't you understand that 78% voted against you.

    August 25, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. The Truth Please...I Just Want The Truth

    Although I believe that Hillary Clinton would have made a better President, I am very happy that she has been spared this constant abuse from the extremist far right.

    Imagine if she had to put up with these kind of intellectually dishonest personal attacks from snot-nosed punks like Ben Quayle.

    August 25, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  21. B.B.

    This guy is a clown attach to puppet strings!

    August 25, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    "Quayle beat back accusations that his father was buying him the seat, and then complained he was being treated unfairly by the press."

    Well, he's got the Republican whiny victim thing down pat ...that's about all you need to be a Repub candidate these days ...

    August 25, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  23. jules sand-perkins

    This is not unlike the situation of a newspaper critic who wrote that Vladimir Horowitz was the greatest pianist in history: nobody living had heard all the pianists in history, for example Franz Liszt. A debate resulted in the critic's assertion that Horowitz was even the greatest pianist who ever would live.
    I do not think it would be fair to say that President Obama is the worst president that the United States will ever have.

    August 25, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He barely won the primary. His ideas of why Obama is the worst are incorrect at best and shows that he doesn't think at worst. If he wins, then Arizona will become more of a laughing stock.

    August 25, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. Roz

    Thats his platform, attack Obama? Thats really shallow and empty and precisely what is wrong with this country and the republican party. His father is so too buying his seat in congress. Spoiled rich kid!

    August 25, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
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