No endorsement from Rep. King
January 2nd, 2012
10:30 AM ET
3 years ago

No endorsement from Rep. King

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa Republican kingmaker Rep. Steve King once again declined to make an endorsement ahead of his state's Tuesday caucuses, but he did handicap the 2012 race.

The five-term congressman, who represents a heavily Republican district in Northwest Iowa, told CNN's Soledad O'Brien Monday that the perfect GOP candidate would have traits from each of the current contenders competing in the Hawkeye State.

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"We don't have a perfect candidate," King said Monday on CNN's "Starting Point." "We could make a perfect candidate out of the candidates that are there … it isn't all embodied in one."

He praised Mitt Romney's executive experience, Newt Gingrich's understanding of government, Ron Paul's support for the constitution and Rick Santorum's family values. King also praised fellow representative and friend Michele Bachmann, who he said "checks all of the boxes for me."

"She gets all of these pieces right," King said, before adding that "the traction in the campaign is harder, and that's kind of where it stands."

But he is still holding out on endorsement.

"It would have been really nice to have had that epiphany and made that endorsement," King said. "It has to be a conviction. Until then, I'm not able to do that."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Steve King
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Cary,NC

    I like that statement,"We don,t have a perfect candidate"????? Gop does,nt have a candidate that qualifies to be "President" !!! What crazy American voter would vote for the "Party" that killed the Economy??? Who wants Bush-Cheyney hand me downs??? Do you like to work "Fast Food" "VOTE GOP"!!!

    January 2, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. GI Joe

    So it has to be a split-personality schizophreniac. Well, they all fit that or some other major mental flaw, so I guess they are all perfect republicans. Sheeeeesh.

    January 2, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. diridi

    ..................because GOP is much of idiots, and clowns.

    January 2, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. GI Joe

    He handicapped the 2012 race? I know which end of the horse they are - I know I know - pick me pick me.

    January 2, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. insight iowa

    I hope we all stay home tomorrow night... For the sake of our Nation. I am. I will be watching the Presidents message...Finally someone with intelligence and a plan to listen too. I'm soo over the ads, the rantings and the clowns. Plus my popcorn has gotten stale!!

    January 2, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Keith in Austin

    @GaryNC: "What crazy American voter would vote for the Party that killed the Economy?". Why don't you check your facts before showing your Liberal ignorance Gary? The American Economy was dealt a deafening blow when the Housing Market crashed due to The Dodd/Frank Bill mandating Banks to make loans to people that couldn't pay their mortgages. As I recall, both those politicians were Liberal DEMOCRATS! Additionally, do a little research and you'll see an avalanche of manufacturing jobs lost under the Clinton Administration due to NAFTA! Obviously, you need to get out of your jammies and get to the Occupy Charlotte Protest! I hear Obama is giving away some FREE Government cheese today in return for your vote!

    January 2, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Marie MD

    It's really sad when nobody wants to endorse anyone in the teapublikan field. The only ones coming out to say something want to be "vetted" for vp. From what I have seen of that field, too southern and too fat!

    January 2, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Rick in AZ

    @keith in austin- Let me guess, I'll bet you voted for the stupid hillbilly in a suit Rick Perry

    January 2, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. george of the jungle

    Well again we hear from the our knowledgable repro friend. Don't you have someone you can go exacute down there in teabagger texas??? You have been listening to to much faux news and keep repeating every thing you hear. All of a sudden your off on freddie max. Oh and the persons name was Cary and if you haden't gone off in a crazy rage you would have noticed that. Chill out! I wouldn't endorse any of these clowns either. Even their own party is hedging their bets.

    January 2, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. GI Joe

    @Keith in Austin – Guess how many republicans in the House and Senate voted for the Dodd-Frank Bill - go ahead - guess. Becaause we ALL know you don't look up any FACTS. You seem to rant daily from a republican "cheat sheet" produced by Fox or Limbaugh.

    January 2, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Roger in Illinois

    Hey, Keith in Austin. You are the one that needs some history lessons ! The labels say Made in china, not Mexico or Canada. The housing crash started in the high end of the market, not down here on the $ 50 to $100 K end of town where I live. Keith is a victim of Orwellian Logic which uses several lies to explain away the central great lie. The biggest lie in America was born in Northwest Iowa and the biggest liar. I know what the people pushing junk mortgages at Country Wide were instructed to do Keith old boy, it wasn't the rules under Frank/Dodd. It was greed, pure and simple.

    January 2, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. RINO Bil

    If this wuss can't make a simple decision, then how can he be a "kingmaker?"

    January 2, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. chrisnot

    "She checks all the boxes for me"??? Is he talking about Michele Bachmann? There must be another Michele Bachmann out there that most of us know nothing about.

    January 2, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. WhereIsPalin

    I agree with him. If you get enough republicans together you MIGHT get a candidate. The people of Iowa have been waiting for your wisdom. Finally, they can make the right choice, Mr "Kingmaker".

    January 2, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |