September 19th, 2013
07:01 PM ET
1 year ago

Rep. King on defund plan: ‘Custer, Kamikaze’

Updated 9/19/2013 at 8:03pm

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Peter King continued his vocal opposition to a plan by fellow Republicans to defund Obamacare by tying it to legislation to keep the government funded.

"Whether it’s Custer, whether it’s kamikaze, or whether it’s Gallipoli or whatever, we are going to lose this," the New York Republican said on CNN's "Situation Room." Gallipoli was a failed allied campaign during World War I.

King accused conservative Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and other GOP anti-Obamacare stalwarts of committing a “fraud against the American people” for arguing that the strategy will work.

“They know it’s not going to win and now it’s over to them in the Senate,” King said. “We’ll see what they do. Either put up or shut up.”

King remained resolute that the implicit threat of a shutdown is a nonstarter.

“We cannot let the government shutdown,” he said of the need to approve new funding legislation by October 1, the start of the next fiscal year.

King did not disagree with Rep. Sean Duffy, a tea party conservative from Wisconsin also appearing on the CNN program, about opposition to Obamacare. King only disagrees with the strategy to link it to government funding efforts.

Duffy said he doesn’t want to see a shutdown either.

“We don’t want to shut the government down. But we want to have the debate,” Duffy said.

When asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on the outcome of trying to force Democrats to defund Obamacare, Duffy said anything could happen.

“For all I know, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are going to sing kumbaya together. They’re going to find an agreement,” Duffy said.

“They might negotiate this thing out,” Duffy said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

King hoped the debate would, perhaps, discredit some Republicans who he believes are steering the party in a destructive direction.

“We as House Republicans should stop letting Ted Cruz set our agenda for us,” King said.

“If he can deliver on this fine. If he can’t, then he should keep quiet from now on and we shouldn’t listen to him.”


Filed under: Congress • House Republicans • Peter King • Sean Duffy
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    If republicans win this, what other law of the land will they refuse to fund? Social Security, Medicare,veteran's benefits, interstate highway system?

    September 19, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. freedom

    Why don't you bring Hitler into the mix? – that's what Obamacare's about – bring a country to its knees economically – manipulate, and then label people – and slowly get rid of them.

    September 19, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    The party of STUPID.

    September 19, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  4. morrie

    You and the rest of the GOP are afraid of a bunch of crazy people and you let the crazy people run your party. What kind of sense does that make. The GOP are a bunch of wimps and are going to wimp out to the crazies. They will all vote in lock-step on whatever idiotic bill the house sends over, knowing full well that the senate majority will strip it out of the bill and send it back. Waste of time. So you rep. king will wimp out with the rest because you are afraid to stand up to Crazy Cruze. I dare you to go against Cruze. You and the rest of the GOP have let the crazies take over because you did not put them in check a long time ago.

    September 19, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Jake from Canada

    When Peter King starts to sound reasonable, you may be going too far.....

    September 19, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. jpmichigan

    Nearly 60% of Americans as well as Union members want Obamacare repealed. If you can't repeal it then DEFUND IT. Why not even Congress and the Administration don't want it , why do you think they opt out. It is not GOOD ENOUGH for them but they will shove it down tax payers throats.

    September 19, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Name

    Someone with a brain!! ! Unfortunately, we are being controlled by 40 Tea Party folks and a very weak leader in John Boehner.

    September 19, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. MaryM

    Even the Wall Street Journal is calling this republican nonsense a kamikaze mission.

    September 19, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. Winston Smith

    Man, oh man. You think you and your party are going to lose this battle. Wait until 2014. The amount of crying, whimpering, power grabbing wannabe's is going to both entertain and enlighten. SICK OF REPUBLICANS, AND THEIR LIES.

    September 19, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Can we invade Iraq again and prevent everything is back to normal ?

    September 19, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    As long as the tea party ends up in the same position as Custer or a kamikaze, then I say, Go for it, baggers!

    September 20, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People tea potty are out of control. Please proceed wingnuts.

    September 20, 2013 06:03 am at 6:03 am |