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The two Quayles appeared Monday with Adams, a former speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, at a rally at downtown Gilbert's historic landmark water tower. Adams is facing tough GOP competition in the solidly Republican, East Valley-centric district from former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz. U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., the incumbent in the district, is running for the U.S. Senate.
"Look, he is the future, along with my son Ben," Dan Quayle said in introducing Adams at the gathering of more than 200 supporters. "He has an understanding and a strong conservative view of how government ought to work. He's already exhibited that in his work at the state Legislature. He's a small businessman. He's committed to his family. He's committed to his community. And it is with a great deal of enthusiasm for me to be here along with my son, and to present to you a person that we're going send to Washington, D.C., if we do our homework and get the volunteers and get the votes out in August."
"He understands that we can't continue to put deficits and debt on to future generations, because all deficits are are future tax payments," the younger Quayle said. "So that is why I'm standing with Kirk today, and hopefully you all support him as well. Because he's got a great head on his shoulders, and we need reinforcements."
Dan Quayle, a Paradise Valley resident, was President George H.W. Bush's 1988 running mate and served as vice president from 1989 to 1993. Ben Quayle, of Phoenix, was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
For his part, Adams said the battle for the 5th District is just beginning and shrugged off suggestions that Salmon has gotten off to a head start.
"We've geared our campaign to when people are paying attention," Adams told The Arizona Republic before the speakers took to the microphone. "The way we've kind of looked at it is that last year was a bit of a pre-season, and now the regular season starts. We feel like momentum is building for us on the ground in the district. We're focused, and we're running hard."