Rep. King is New Hampshire bound
July 23rd, 2013
12:48 PM ET
8 years ago

Rep. King is New Hampshire bound

(CNN) - Rep. Peter King said last week he's considering a 2016 presidential bid.

Now, the longtime Republican congressman from New York is going on the road to apparently prove it.

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King announced in an email to supporters Tuesday that he'll travel to New Hampshire in the coming months for two GOP events. The state holds the nation's first primary in presidential election years and its political visitors are closely watched in the run-up to official campaign launches.

The former House Homeland Security Committee chairman will attend an event held by the Carroll County GOP to thank first responders who helped New Yorkers in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. On September 15, he'll attend an event put on by the Strafford County GOP, according to the group's website.

Politico first reported details of the events.

King said last week he was being urged to run for president by colleagues out of concern for the party's direction on matters of national security.

His younger Republican colleagues and speculated 2016 contenders, Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, hold national security views that are potentially "damaging" to the GOP, he said in a separate email to supporters.

The 69-year-old King said Paul and Cruz, who tend to have more non-interventionist viewpoints on foreign policy, are looking at national security "from a very backwards point of view."

He referred to the debate over the administration's policies on drone strikes against terrorist suspects who are also American citizens. Cruz played a large role in congressional hearings over the issue, while Paul made it the subject of his nearly 13 hour filibuster earlier this year.

"I don't want over the next year, 18 months, two years, for the Republican foreign policy debate to be dominated by people like Sen. Rand Paul," King said.

In his email Tuesday, King included a supportive quote from Sen. John McCain.

"I'm a great fan and friend of Peter King. He's a colorful guy and did a great job as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee," McCain wrote. "And I understand his frustrations about some of the things, particularly, that have happened over here in the Senate."

King briefly toyed with a presidential run in 2011 and also flirted with a Senate run against incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010.

While his email last week about a potential 2016 run included a link for supporters to donate to this congressional campaign, his email on Tuesday did not include a fundraising link.

- CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • New Hampshire • Peter King
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. rs

    A financial supporter of the IRA is hardly viable Presidential fodder. This just qualifies him to be in the GOP "clown car" of unelectables. Maybe Mr. Romney or Mr. 999 will join in too.

    July 23, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Little chance of success.

    July 23, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Bring the crazy. Heck, bring the evil: read up on this guy's history with the IRA. You got a lot of splaining to do, Peter.

    July 23, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Pander Bear

    Oh please. Mr. Let's hold hearings that implicate that all Arab Americans are terrorists? He's a joke.

    July 23, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    LOL. Another clown comes out.
    The rethugs really have nobody.

    July 23, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    I wish King nothing but success in his GOPerville wannabee president nomination endeavor. Absolutely.

    July 23, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    He should do well enough in a Republican primary to not be the first one knocked out. He's a war monger. He'd do well among the neo-conservatives but would be complete turnoff to the neo-libertarians who like Rand Paul.

    July 23, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Marie MD

    LOL. Another clown comes out.
    The rethugs really have nobody.
    Who are the dems going to run should Clinton decline to?

    July 23, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. CB FL

    This guy is great in his own mind.

    July 23, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Guest

    Well, better the IRA than the Muslim Brotherhood, anyway...if the RINO's keep moving left they'll all be looking for work.

    Where was obama, holder, naacp, jacskon, sharpton, black caucus about shawn curtis and demarquis the baby killer??

    July 23, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    although he stands a better chance than Bland Paul or Theodor Joe McCarthy Cruz, it ain't gonna happen Petey. He would not even win his home state.

    July 23, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. California Gary

    He seems to be a serious guy........trouble is, he is seriously wrong much of the time. Make room in the clown car for one more.

    July 23, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |