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ARIZONA

Ben Quayle: Obama ‘worst president’ ever

PHOENIX | The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle unveiled a TV campaign ad Wednesday in his bid for Congress in which he calls President Obama “the worst president in history” and tells Arizona voters that he wants to “knock the hell” out of Washington.

Ben Quayle’s provocative ad, aimed at voters in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District ahead of the Aug. 24 GOP primary, was released amid allegations that he posted items under an alias for a racy social website a few years ago.

In the campaign ad, the 33-year-old Mr. Quayle faces the camera directly and begins by saying, “Barack Obama is the worst president in history.” Mr. Quayle’s generation will “inherit a weakened country,” he says.

He goes on to implore voters to send him to Congress: “I love Arizona. I was raised right. Somebody has to go to Washington and knock the hell out of the place.”

The ad was to begin airing Wednesday on Phoenix-area TV stations, and was posted on the Internet. Mr. Quayle’s campaign would not reveal the amount of the ad buy.

Mr. Quayle, who is a lawyer and managing director of a Scottsdale, Ariz., investment firm, has never held elected office. But he has emerged as the top fundraiser in the crowded field of 10, and profits from name recognition that comes with being the son of Dan Quayle, the former Indiana senator and vice president under President George H.W. Bush.

LABOR

Employee benefits upgrade planned

Obama administration officials say they’re planning a major upgrade to consumer protections for millions of workers covered by job-based health, disability insurance and retirement plans.

The focus is on spelling out consumer rights when a dispute arises with the plan; for example, when an employee’s claim for disability benefits is denied.

Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis Borzi says “people need to have a clear road map to appeal claims.”

Department officials say they are aiming for new regulations that require plans to clearly explain their decisions, how employees can appeal them, and what workers need to know to safeguard their rights.

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