Ben Quayle, son of the former vice president and a Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona, says the United States needs a stand-alone border security bill.
The 33-year-old lawyer/investment firm partner, who faces nine opponents in the primary this month, staunchly supports Arizona's tough new immigration law.
He scoffs at Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's comments that the U.S. border is as safe as it's ever been. "That's news to the people who live down near the border," Quayle told Newsmax.TV.
"If you look at the violence happening just south of the border and spilling into Arizona, the drug cartel violence is escalating at an exponential rate, and they're getting more sophisticated in their attacks. To say that the border is safer than ever before is laughable."
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As for immigration, "We need a stand-alone bill in Congress that solely deals with border security and enforcement," Quayle said. "That way can attack this at the source."
Turning to the economy, he says the Obama administration and Congress are responsible for much of the current woes. "We have companies large and small sitting there not doing anything, because they're uncertain about how their costs will increase from Washington," Quayle said.
As a result, businesses aren't using their cash to expand or hire workers. "We need pro growth economic policies. We want to make sure the Bush tax cuts are extended after the end of the year," Quayle said.
"We need to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent, the second highest rate in the world. We need to make sure the healthcare reform bill is repealed and replaced with something that actually works and doesn't kill off our small businesses."
Quayle has ideas of his own for healthcare reform. "We need to allow people to buy insurance across state lines to get competition going," he said.
"We need tort reform, we need to start pushing a very robust HSA (health savings account) program and high deductible plans. That way people will understand what their costs are."
Companies already doing that have lower costs, better coverage and happier employees, Quayle says.
On the subject of Afghanistan, he supports the war. "We need to make sure Afghanistan doesn't once again become a safe haven for terrorist activity," Quayle said.
"The problem is that President Obama put in an artificial deadline of next July" for the United States to begin withdrawal.
Tribal leaders in Afghanistan don't want to work with us because they're worried that we'll be gone in a year, and then the Taliban will come right back and slaughter those who aided Americans, Quayle says.
He is running for the seat opened by the retirement of Republican Rep. John Shadegg.
And Quayle's father offered him some advice for the campaign.
"My dad told me you're going to have a huge target on your back. You're going to get attacked. Just make sure you stay true to your core values and never apologize for that," Quayle said.
He says his father followed that advice, and so does he. "At the end of the day, you can look at yourself in the mirror and know you stood for something that's right."
Newsmax interviewed Quayle before allegations surfaced that he once wrote for Dirty Scottsdale, a website with racy pictures of younger women that later turned into the national gossip site TheDirty.com.
The site did not include nudity or any obscene images and was frequented by college students.
Quayle told Arizona's Channel 12 News, "I just posted comments to try to help drive some traffic." Quayle also said he referred the company's founder to an attorney at the law firm where he worked. "He [the founder] wanted an IP [intellectual property] attorney, and I referred him to one. I don't even know if they met."
On Fox News earlier this week Quayle denied he did anything inappropriate and said he was the victim of a "smear" campaign.
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