September 20th, 2013
11:11 AM ET
7 months ago

Peter King: Ted Cruz 'is a fraud'

Washington (CNN) - The government shutdown showdown is getting ugly.

Republican Rep. Peter King said Friday that his Republican colleague in the Senate, Ted Cruz, "is a fraud" who will "no longer have any influence in the Republican Party" after the House votes on a measure that could potentially lead to a government shutdown.

King made his comments while on his way to a Republican meeting, shortly before the House was set to begin debating, then voting on the bill. The legislation provides funds for the government to stay afloat past the end of the fiscal year on September 30, but only if money for Obamacare is cut out.

Ted Cruz: Obamacare fight 'just beginning'

The idea to tie the president's health care law to the government funding bill was aggressively pushed by Cruz and other Senate conservatives, including Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Mike Lee, this summer.

The House is expected to pass the bill, which will then go to the Democratic-controlled Senate where the Obamacare amendment will likely be killed. The bill would then be sent back to the House, which would have to decide whether to pass it and keep the government running, or defeat it and possibly see a government shutdown.

King, who's been strongly opposed to the bill, has essentially compared the strategy to a suicide mission.

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

"I hope people will get the message this guy is bad for the party," King said Friday, talking about Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate. King is also a potential White House contender, as he has said he's thinking about running for president.

Asked if the House vote was more of a message to conservatives than to Obama, King said the vote is a signal that the GOP has "to take more realistic and practical approaches."

The congressman has said before that he can start ignoring the senator from Texas after the vote. He reiterated Friday he hopes that's still the case.

"We can't be going off on these false missions that Ted Cruz wants us to go on. The issues are too important. They're too serious, they require real conservative solutions, not cheap headline-hunting schemes," he said.

Read: Cruz tries to make amends with angry conservatives

Cruz angered House conservatives earlier this week when he admitted in a statement that he doubts the Senate has enough votes to pass a government funding measure that also defunds Obamacare. He has nonetheless vowed to keep fighting in the Senate to generate support for the measure.

But with some Senate Republicans already saying they won't support Cruz in the effort, the chances of him succeeding so far appear unlikely.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.


Filed under: Budget • Congress • Health care • Peter King • Ted Cruz
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Vincent

    Two reasons why Republicans are so desperate to stop Healthcare Reform with zero alternatives.

    1. They could care less about those without access to affordable healthcare because they have the best paid for by us.
    2. Because IT WILL WORK and they lose the White House again!

    September 20, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Strangways

    he he he, they are devouring their young. Keep it up!

    September 20, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. VEW2012

    Sort of like "Groundhog Day" the Movie.....not only is Cruz a childish idiot the whole GOP is a bunch of whiny 2 year old.miscreants. It is them who is wasting our time and our money. They have spent the last 5 years dragging their feet about this country entering the 21st Century. Health care is a right and necessity....not an option. The health care legislation passed a majority in both houses of Congress, was signed into law, and passed a Supreme Court challenge ...so these fools need to get over it and move on. There only problem is they didn't pass it and they won't get the bragging rights when it proves to be a success.

    September 20, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. NYVeteran

    I never liked Peter King before. Now he is my hero. Please open the windows and air out the GOP and then put the trash out. Its been festering for years.

    September 20, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. ritmocojo

    How can the GOtPers keep harping "the majority of Americans don't care for the ACA." Oh?! Is that why President Obama was re-elected, and Mittens, who promised to "abolish it on day one" was beaten like a pinata at a good birthday party?

    September 20, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Michael in Houston

    Keep it up GOP.....your party is a festering and sickening problem for this Nation and we PROMISE you that every single one of you creeps are going to be made an example of at the polls. Bet on it. Get ready for 2014. You are going to see your collective fannies voted out in the mid terms and finished off for good in 2016.

    September 20, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. athiestone

    Peter King is a joke, as big a joke as Cruz. For me, as a Long Islander who suffered under King for years, this is all very enjoyable!

    September 20, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. us_1776

    REALLY SUCKS when you're a ultra-conservative party member and your other members are calling you a liberal.

    .

    September 20, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    Ya know what will be fun to watch? As soon as Obama is out of office, the GOP will drop the Tea Party like a bad habit.

    September 20, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. truebob

    Dang! I thought this was about the NFL and SI was taking the Giants to task.

    September 20, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. us_1776

    The GOP/TEA just branded the Pope an ultra-liberal.

    The Republicans have moved so far to the right that even a rightwing extremist like Hitler couldn't get elected as a Repub.

    .

    September 20, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. JC55

    Good for you Mr King and I don't even like you a little. So that's saying something.

    September 20, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. M. Edward Triefler

    As a hero of the Vietnam War once said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

    September 20, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. CaliforniaAC

    Yes, Ted Cruz is a fraud. He is a political terrorist trying to bring down our government; a non-American Citizen from Canada by way of Florida to be exact. Demand proof of citizenship and get rid of him.

    September 20, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. mjd

    republicans prove again and again that they are the immoral party. go after the poorest first. save tax breaks for the wealthy. no healthcare for you ...we don't care. they are fixated on embarrassing this president, country be damned. i hope we the people WAKE up and vote the extremists out. more moderates PLEASE!!

    September 20, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. mrl

    king – you are the fraud liberal in gop clothing

    September 20, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. JDinHouston

    Bout time someone spoke the truth in the Republican party – Ted Cruz is a fraud! His fight will bring destruction on the party, not the country, and only those who follow the ultra right talk show circuit are going to be happy with him.

    September 20, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. JDinHouston

    Ted Cruz never met a lie he couldn't tell.

    September 20, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Tony

    This is wise. The moderate republicans should protest this loudly and publicly. It'll give them some protection at re-election time. (The tea-party republicans run 20+% vs. democratic opponents, so there's no risk for them.)

    September 20, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    So now that the shutting down of the government that will; leave millions of Americans with no jobs from the one section of that same government who will not be affected one iota you are calling the Canadian a fraud?
    The guy is a male version of a compilation of the flake and screeching mutant thrown in a blender and set on high.
    BTW – FOOD STAMPS was the idea of one REPUG called BOB DOLE. Remember him?

    September 20, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. JR

    The Republicans are worst than Ground Hog Day.

    September 20, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. justthefacts

    I hope they shut down the government and I hope the stock market tanks 1000 points, then will see who's bluffing

    September 20, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. swettdogg75

    Part of me watches all the Republican sniping gleefully, but all the infighting hasn't stopped Republicans from controlling the House and many governorships and state legislatures. As much as I would love to see them fade into irrelevance, that's not going to happen anytime soon, so for the sake of the people who depend on a functional government for social security, I hope moderating voices in the GOP can win the day sooner rather than later.

    September 20, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Suleman

    Hey , I knew Ted Cruz doesn't have any talent to convience American people to defund Obamacre, I hope cruz will fail in every step he moves because I am from Texas , he did nothing so far but only on fox news.

    September 20, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. old guy in West Virginia

    When Peter King becomes the voice of reason for the GOP. you know that party has really gone off the rails. But this is about picking on the vociferous Rep. King. It's about the complete and utter irresponsibility of Cruz, the TPers, and the rest of those idiotic saboteurs who would hold the entire country hostage to their impossible and indecent crusade. Defund?? Whatever happened to the REPLACE part of "Repeal and Replace?" There is no GOP alternative, so apparently Cruz et al want us to return to a thoroughly unsustainable pre-Obamacare status quo AND they are willing to drag us all down the toilet to make their point. Insufferable! Throw the bums out.

    September 20, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
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