June 18th, 2014
04:07 PM ET
5 months ago

King on Cruz control

(CNN) - An on-going feud playing out in the Republican Party between lawmakers Rep. Peter King and Sen. Ted Cruz sounds like the very beginning of a GOP presidential primary battle.

Perhaps underscoring an establishment v. tea party division the GOP, King, a longtime congressman from New York, said Wednesday Cruz "has decided to be the center of his own universe" after the conservative powerhouse from Texas dismissed King's criticism of his style of politics.

Last week, appearing on CNN's Erin Burnett "OutFront," King called Cruz a "fraud," hitting his no-compromise approach.

"Last year, (Cruz) induced the Congress to shutdown the government and after they did it, he couldn't deliver at all," King said.

Appearing on "OutFront" on Tuesday, the freshman senator disregarded the comments

"I don't think I had ever heard of him since he started getting on television attacking me, he's welcome to express," he said.

And King offered a pointed response Wednesday, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer "This proves what happens when Ted Cruz has decided to be the center of his own universe, to live in his own world."

"To not know who the members of Congress are, the members of the Senate. That's really his problem. Maybe if he had listened to me he'd be a little bit smarter."

Both Republicans are weighing presidential runs in 2016.

King jokes the "gloves are off," in a potential GOP primary debate.

"What happens, happens, but I certainly hope Ted Cruz doesn't get the nomination," King said.

CNN's Dana Davidsen and Sara Fischer contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Peter King • Republican Party • Ted Cruz
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    "Last year, (Cruz) induced the Congress to shutdown the government and after they did it, he couldn't deliver at all," King said.
    ----------------------------
    But, but, but, the far right wing has been telling us that Pres. Obama shut down the government, despite the fact that Cruz got up in front of some cameras and microphones the next day and took full credit for it.

    June 18, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. drake mallard

    If you all would recall, it was the Republicans who cut the security budget for overseas Embassies. So really who is to blame?. I personally blame them all for being so callous and uncaring for those who serve this country in foreign lands.

    GOP vice presidential nominee Paul] Ryan, [Rep. Darrell] Issa and other
    House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion
    from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security
    positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending,
    which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20
    percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in
    additional cuts to embassy security””

    So if you're born in Hawaii, a US state, but to a foreign father, you need to prove your legitimacy by releasing your birth certificate to the world and your patriotism is constantly called into question.

    If you're born in a foreign country to a US citizen mother and a Communist revolutionary father, you're allowed to be president of the US and you're heralded as a true patriot.

    June 18, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    if Peter King is the "voice of reason" in this argument, then the GOP are in real trouble. He's "moderate" only in the fact that he's not a raging Teabilly. Other than that, he's unelectable for anything other than dogcatcher

    June 18, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Both Republicans are weighing presidential runs in 2016."

    "King jokes the "gloves are off," in a potential GOP primary debate.:

    I don't know. Maybe it is just me, but even the prospect of watching these two dueling banjo's "duel" has no appeal. Or it might be that GOPerville has sunk itself so far into the gutter that I've lost interest in each and every one of them.

    At any rate ... thanks, but no thanks.

    June 18, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. ron

    he should change one little letter in his name... from ted... to tom... that would be hilarious.

    June 18, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. freedom

    Ted Cruz has his own mind and is a brilliant lawyer and senator and patriot – which is why he was elected. If King can't handle it – tough.

    June 18, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. MaryM

    The republicans in congress shut down the government and then went on National TV and said they, the republicans were happy They shut down the government costing Americans 24 Billion Dollars., When are you going to pay that 24 Billion dollars back to Americans, Republicans? Huh?

    June 18, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. smith1

    love watching the repos emplode. Of course it must be President Obamas fault right???

    June 18, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    Hey!!! Where are all the posts from the teabagger righties jumping on King because he criticized their savior cruz? Had this been a Dem who said something about cruz the outrage from the teabagger would have been vicious and immediate. They would have slandered King and come to the rescue of the darling leader and brain dead sweetheart.
    This is weird... they probably have to all wait to see what hannity tells them to think before they post on whose side they will be on in this.
    Heaven help us if a teabagger had a thought of their own which had not been approved by one of their freedom loving freedom lovers....

    June 18, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Derp and Derpier.

    June 18, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |