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Ben Quayle puts his wife in front of the camera

A new ad from Arizona congressional candidate Ben Quayle features his wife, Tiffany, who addresses their different backgrounds and the need for a "new generation of leadership."

Both Quayles talk directly to the camera. Tiffany Quayle starts by mentioning that she and her husband "grew up with very different lives -- the son of a vice president, the daughter of a Marine." Ben Quayle goes on to say that the "principles of freedom and limited government ... have been pushed to the margins by both parties for too many years."

The most notable aspect of the ad, however, is that while Ben Quayle speaks to the camera with the confidence of a seasoned candidate, Tiffany Quayle appears to lack the same assurance, leading the satirical Web site Wonkette to ask, "What is even going on here?"

Traditionally, when candidates bring family members into their ads, it is to highlight a family event that helped shape their character or to soften their image with an upbeat message. Quayle's ad does neither, making his wife's appearance seem almost superfluous.

This is not the first time a Quayle campaign ad has been deemed to be disconcerting. A previous ad in which the candidate called President Obama "the worst president in history" prompted the National Review's Jim Geraghty to ask in a headline, "Ben, Are You Feeling Okay?"

The Quayle campaign also released a flier that showed Quayle playing with children. It was later reported that none of the children were his.

What do you think? Is this new ad from Quayle awkward -- or perfectly normal? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

By Emi Kolawole  | October 4, 2010; 7:02 PM ET
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Comments

Is he qualified? Yes, to be president of his fraternity.

She is actually stronger than he is. But it may be that I can't get past my strong impression that he wouldn't be a viable candidate for Paradise Valley City Council had his daddy not been a VP. Come to think of it, I know several PV Councilmembers. He is clearly not in their league.

Posted by: skeptical11 | October 6, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

While the comments here have been surprisingly balanced, it is clear that some folks still think of Dan Quayle as a fool and buffoon. Yet consider our current VP Joe Biden and his many gaffes. Or even worse, consider VP Al Gore -- the closest he came to making a sensible statement was when he claimed there was "no controlling legal authority" to judge whether his fund-raising phone calls made from the White House were illegal or not. And since 2000 we have learned more than we ever needed to know about his unsuitability for public office -- any public office.

Posted by: JBaustian | October 6, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

What a pathetic article written with pure ignorance. I would much rather listen to a candidate embrace our Nation and Troops like Tiffany Quayle did then listen to a woman like Michelle Obama (PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE at the time) talk about how she has never been proud of her Nation. Talk about double standards. I am not surprised at the nature of this article, considering the severe left leaning media. Do your research before publishing such a pathetic piece!

Posted by: antidonkey | October 5, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kool_Kat...Back atcha!!! You found a space to write in. hahaha!!
The REPUBLICANS are crooked and we know from decades back you can't trust any of them...
Remember their "Pledge" a few weeks ago. Same exact words they have been saying for decades. Nothing new. Including the things they have done for the American people besides, almost destroying our Economy.
THAT was the FINAL straw!!!

Posted by: nielsendeedee | October 5, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kool_Kat...Back atcha!!! You found a space to write in. hahaha!!
The REPUBLICANS are crooked and we know from decades back you can't trust any of them...
Remember their "Pledge" a few weeks ago. Same exact words they have been saying for decades. Nothing new. Including the things they have done for the American people besides, almost destroying our Economy.
THAT was the FINAL straw!!!

Posted by: nielsendeedee | October 5, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kool_Kat...Back atcha!!! You found a space to write in. hahaha!!
The right wings are crooked and we know from decades back you can't trust any of them...
Remember their "Pledge" a few weeks ago. Same exact words they have been saying for decades. Nothing new. Including the things they have done for the American people besides, almost destroying our Economy.
THAT was the FINAL straw!!!

Posted by: nielsendeedee | October 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

When I heard Quayle (Very shortly after he announced he was running for Congress)Talk bad and say the things he said about President Obama the first thing I thought was, This guy thinks If he says President Obama Is the worst President we have ever had, somehow the American people on the Right would automatically Embrace him.
Well, that didn't happen. He reminds me of some spoiled little snot nose kid who was given anything and everything he desired as a kid. The kid that would throw his own mother under the bus.
Quayle will definently NOT be OUR next Congressman. Yep, I'm In Arizona...

Posted by: nielsendeedee | October 5, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

When I heard Quayle (Very shortly after he announced he was running for Congress)Talk bad and say the things he said about President Obama the first thing I thought was, This guy thinks If he says President Obama Is the worst President we have ever had, somehow the American people on the Right would automatically Embrace him.
Well, that didn't happen. He reminds me of some spoiled little snot nose kid who was given anything and everything he desired as a kid. The kid that would throw his own mother under the bus.
Quayle will definently NOT be OUR next Congressman. Yep, I'm In Arizona...

Posted by: nielsendeedee | October 5, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

This ad seems to be one of the most respectable campaign ads I have ever seen. To create drama about what/how Tiffany says here is nothing more then another disgusting left sided smear on a completely astute woman. Tiffany has a respectable reputation here in Arizona, and has for as long as I have lived here. She is not just morally sound, she is not only an unslefish giver, but Tiffany happens to be extremely intelligent and insightful. Perhaps the most notable characteristic trait about Tiffany Quayle is that she is genuine, honest and faithful to everyone. She would be the BEST representation of what this Country was founded on.

Posted by: antidonkey | October 5, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I love the comments..."Tiffany carries herself in this ad"..."Ben and Tiffany have carried themselves with dignity and confidence and I have the upmost respect for them"...

Great!! and so this is the reason your voting for her husband...did you ever ask yourself how many "takes" were required to make a ad that would "sell" the IMAGE THEY WANT THE VOTER TO "BUY". The voters in your district are electing a person to represent the interests of all the citizens who live in the district.

Let us not forget...THIS IS NOT A BEAUTY CONTEST..YOU ARE VOTING FOR THE PERSON WHO REPRESENTS YOU....YOU ARE NOT VOTING FOR THE SPOUSE.

By the way...what has "Ben" done to deserve to be a Congressman?
I personally felt that Ben's ad where he attacks President Obama speaks volumes about "Ben". He projects himself like a spoiled rich kid who has never achieved a thing without using the family name that he given at birth. It also show that he must not have paid much attention to the actions of the Bush/Cheney administration.

By the way I haven't heard any of "Ben's" achievements in life, but I'll bet they do not even compare with those of President Obama....and you can be sure the President did not run on "his family name".

JBaustian....I'm happy your pleased with the Quayles "positive" ads...you must have loved his ad directed to President Obama...or maybe it was just to show how "tough" Ben thinks he is.

Posted by: meyer390 | October 5, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Congress needs a Quayle in Congress as a reminder that even the least of us has a place in public life - and in 2 years, Ben Quayle might be picked to run as vice president (as Bush Sr. picked Ben's papa Dan)with some GOP comer like Christine O'Donnell -

Posted by: Irishvetter | October 5, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Tiffany Quayle carries herself in this ad just as she does in life. She is a strong, confident, successful women and she is a role model for American women. Where the author of this ad came to the conclusion that she is lacking confidence is truly beyond me. I have been following the Quayle campaign since before the primaries and Ben and Tiffany have carried themselves with dignity and confidence and I have the upmost respect for them.

To whoever wrote this article: maybe we should go back and check our facts before making false claims to readers. You have lost all credibility and respect from readers.

Posted by: jkulik98 | October 5, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this sad? I truly feel pure remorse for all you commenting on this "story", but also to the Washington Post for putting out this ridiculous piece.

All of you sad, poor, disgusting pukes who believe that your abusive and disgusting comments are in line with your "tolerant liberal" ideals are truly the scum of society.

I am probably younger than all of you who are living in your mothers basements wishing you could still be cuddled in her arms, but I already feel great sympathy for those who would choose to make indignant comments about a woman and her husband.

You are all losers of the greatest degree and on those nights when you are lonely and wish to make disparaging comments about a woman, why don't you look yourselves in the mirror and realize that no one else in the world wants to peer into your sad lives by reading your illiterate comments.

I never really read the Washington Post, but I can certainly assure them that I will never order a paid subscription to their rag ever.

Posted by: kool_kat333 | October 5, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse


oh boy more qwales. Just what we kneed. What makes him suetable for orifice?

Posted by: jimbobkalina | October 5, 2010 3:38 AM
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Jimbob - this is actually pretty funny. At first, I was feeling sorry for you!

It would be interesting to list the Dan Quayle and Joe Biden gaffes and see who has the most -- and the silliest / dumbest.
My money is on Biden for the real blunders and stupidity--- overwhelmingly.
Biden is simply another example of Obama's poor judgment and inept decision-making.
(Dan turned out to have some QUIET dignity and thoughtfulness - take a lesson VP Biden!)

oh boy more qwales. Just what we kneed. What makes him suetable for orifice?

Posted by: pjcafe | October 5, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I think it is a good ad. There are no histrionics, ranting, or unilateral blaming opposition.

It is actually refreshing and his wife sounds like and looks to be a
strong lady and an asset to her husband.

Nicely done ad -- sorry that I don't see any of your concerns. You seem to be reaching to find criticisms. Sorry.

Posted by: pjcafe | October 5, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The Quayle ad seemed just fine, and certainly a welcome change from the negative ads that are all too common. I've seen a number of positive ads from Republican candidates, but none so far from the Democrats; their ads have been exclusively negative, attacking the character or ethics of their challengers.

Posted by: JBaustian | October 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

The comments were unnecessarily mean. Set the stage for that kind of campaigning, and duck. Backfire is en-route.

Posted by: Pooper3 | October 5, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I played the ad, expecting Tiffany to be nervous or bumbling in some way. After all, I had been forewarned that "Tiffany Quayle appears to lack the same assurance [as her husband], leading the satirical Web site Wonkette to ask, 'What is even going on here?'" What I saw, instead, was a perfectly fine performance from a real person, not a professional actress, in which she recited her lines as well as her husband. Which leads me to ask: What is going on here with YOU folks--you being Wonkette and "Politics and Policy." Are you getting so nervous, one month away from an election you fear, that you have to concoct a non-event like this? Get a grip. You've had your two years.

Posted by: dfranke00 | October 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

papafritz571 above says very well my feelings. Mr Q you have a lot of growing up to do before start telling our President what kind of president he is!!!

Posted by: jfaught1 | October 5, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow I loved the ad! How wonderful to see this young couple with such integrity and patriotic concern for this nation. I am thrilled this fine man is running for Congress. He comes from a wonderful family and his father served this nation well.
We need to clean the riff raft out of Congress and fill the halls with honorable men like Ben Quayle. The Democrats have wrecked this nation. Our economy is in shambles. They have wasted near a trillion padding the palms of special interests and telling us it was for jobs. The joblessness is scary and they are doing nothing. These nasty men have laid this deficit at the feet of our children. Our family is voting Republican and if you think my memory will fade in 2012, think again. We need to clean out the WH too. Most are already jumping ship and should.

Posted by: greatgran1 | October 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

This is really looking for something to criticize, isn't it? The wife, who has no public experience, isn't as polished on the mike as the husband? Wow, that's awful, isn't it?

Posted by: gene4655 | October 5, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

So are fake children a form of birth control and if so, then why didn't Dan use them and spare us this charade....

Posted by: braultrl | October 5, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh God - Mr. Potatohead's son is now going to bore us to death. Ben, when you are as unschooled, uncultured and immature as you are, is it best not to demean the President of your country the first time out. You sound a lot like Joe the fake Plumber. Our nation's President is a very decent and honorable man and you are just a young snotnose trashing the leader of your country before the world. Didn't you parents teach you anything about decency and class? You rightwingers sure lack any sense of culture and class. Grow up kid or you'll be laughed out of town.

Posted by: papafritz571 | October 5, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

What? No fake kids this time?

Posted by: hockeymom1 | October 5, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

oh boy more qwales. Just what we kneed. What makes him suetable for orifice?

Posted by: jimbobkalina | October 5, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

oh boy more qwales. Just what we kneed. What makes him suetable for orifice?

Posted by: jimbobkalina | October 5, 2010 3:38 AM | Report abuse

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