Rep. Quayle resurrects Obama "worst president" criticism

Rep. Ben Quayle (L), R-Ariz., stands next to his wife Tiffany Quayle as he addresses the crowd during an Arizona Republican Party election night event at the Hyatt Regency November 2, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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(CBS News) Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., is recycling a theme from his 2010 campaign, calling President Obama the "worst president in history" in a new TV ad out Tuesday.

"President Obama has failed the country," Quayle says in the ad.

"Two years ago I called him the worst president in history. I overestimated him."

It will be interesting to see if Democrats recycle their 2010 response by calling Quayle's father, former vice president Dan Quayle, "the worst vice president in history."

Time Magazine included Dan Quayle, who served under President George H.W. Bush from 1989-93, on a list of the 15 "worst vice presidents," citing "his constant verbal gaffes" which "made him a political laughingstock."

Currently, Rep. Quayle is running in a competitive primary against incumbent Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz.

He switched districts earlier this year after redistricting made his current district less Republican-friendly. The primary is Aug. 28.

  • Steve Chaggaris

    Steve Chaggaris is CBS News' senior political editor.


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