(CNN) – Republican Rep. Peter King on Monday unveiled a Political Action Committee called "American Leadership Now" aimed at supporting moderate voices within the Republican Party.
King of New York was in the early primary state of New Hampshire to speak with conservative groups.
He told CNN the location for the unveiling of the PAC was not a coincidence.
"If we're talking about changing the direction of the Republican Party, New Hampshire is the place to go," King said, describing the national media attention the Granite State often attracts because of its presidential politics.
King describes the mission of the PAC as a vehicle to promote moderate voices that would avoid situations like the recent federal government shutdown during budget negotiations on Capitol Hill.
"I want to create a presence for those like myself who feel Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are out of touch with the American people," King told ABC News, referring to conservative Republican Senators both viewed as potential 2016 presidential candidates.
"It's basically to meet Republicans and find others who share my views," King also told ABC.
He confirmed those comments to CNN as well.
Cruz's communications director, Sean Rushton, responded to King's comments in a statement to CNN.
"Senator Cruz remains focused on making Washington listen by protecting working people from Obamacare and getting the economy growing again. Americans don't care about bickering from D.C. politicians," Rushton said.
Paul's office declined to comment.
But as Cruz and Paul keep their focus on Washington, King is searching out like-minded moderate conservatives to give voice to the issues he believes the Republican Party was built around outside of the Capitol.
His stops in New Hampshire included a meeting with local groups, "The Committee to Elect House Republicans" and the "Northeast Regional Troopers Coalition" as well as a dinner with former New Hampshire Sen. Bob Smith, who recently announced he will seek to return to the Senate.
King describes the PAC as committed to building a stronger national GOP with a focus on national defense, foreign policy and expanded opportunities for Americans
He told CNN operations for the PAC will be based out of Boston.
King told CNN previously when he first announced the trip to New Hampshire that he wouldn't make up his mind about a presidential run for "another year-and-a-half." But he said he understood how this latest trip would further fuel speculation.
In defense of the trip, King said at that time he is "just taking advantage of an opportunity" to see what people outside of Washington think about politics and the Republican Party.
– CNN's Cassie Spodak contributed to this report.