Elections

Ben Quayle Now Says Obama's Not the "Worst President in History" -- Kind Of

In what's sort of a running joke since then-congressional candidate Ben Quayle released his goober-ish campaign ad saying "Barack Obama is the worst president in history," Quayle has an update on his stance.

Quayle actually had to defend the video ad after people got a little pissy about it, but he thought it was a slogan so nice, he said it twice.

Since Quayle has a primary election coming up against fellow Republican David Schweikert, Quayle's back to talking about how awful he thinks the president is, this time on the subject of same-sex marriage.

Quayle's campaign released a lengthy quote from this congressman, giving his opinion on Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage.

The good part, though, is Quayle's updated view on the "worst President in history."

"Two years ago, long before millions would reach the same judgment, I called Barack Obama the worst president in history," Quayle says. "I overestimated him."


If there's no campaign-ad update on the "worst president ever," that would be disappointing.

You can find Quayle's rant about same-sex marriage below:

"The president is wrong about the issue; marriage should remain as it has always been - between one man and one woman," said Quayle. "But his conduct has been cynical and manipulative because of the obvious calculation and political maneuvering he has demonstrated on a matter of great importance in our nation. The president is a world-class propagandist, and in this case he propagandizes even his own supporters."

"Even proponents of same-sex marriage and others who agree with the president ought to be disgusted by his conduct on this matter," said Quayle. "The real issue is whether same-sex marriage ought to be a Constitutional right; that is the goal of the movement behind it. But the president has not said it should be a right or that he would support efforts to make it one. He has merely said that his opinion is that same-sex couples ought to be able to marry. He is cynically attempting to stir his political base and shake loose their money without even stating support for the real issue. And the fawning reporters who question him do not even force him to answer the real question."

"Thirty-one states have voted to keep marriage between one man and one woman," Quayle continued, "same sex marriage is illegal by statute or Constitutional ban in 44 states, and the Defense of Marriage Act, passed with a lot of Democrat support and signed by Bill Clinton, defines marriage as between one man and one woman under federal law. The American people have put down wide consensus and legal stricture against same-sex marriage, and that is going to be the law in America unless the federal courts attempt to impose it by judicial dictate. The president's mere opinion, which despite his posturing everyone knew full well before his cynical statement, is of little relevance."

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Matthew Hendley
Contact: Matthew Hendley