September 20th, 2013
11:11 AM ET
9 years 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.

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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 (333 Responses)
  1. anotherGDlefty

    Raphael is a nut.
    Such a nut that even King has finally noticed.
    Keep talking and doing what you Raphael, you are causing more destruction to the GOTP than any democrat could ever dream of.
    Talk louder Raphael, please proceed...

    September 20, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Who would have thought Peter King would be the voice of truth and reason on anything?

    September 20, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Data Driven

    Men. This is about two guys who think they might run for President. One of them is ineligible, of course.

    The other one should be, as well. CNN, howzabout an in-depth investigation into King's donations to Sinn Fein while they were still killing people in the UK? Because, journalism.

    September 20, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    The gauntlet has been thrown. King is like most New Yorkers. They do not like "frauds", and have zero tolerance for irrational, stubborn ignorance.

    September 20, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    OMG!! I absolutely LURVE the new Republican party!! They are priceless!!! It's like Saturday Night Live every single day!

    September 20, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. jinx9to88

    House bill is DOA when it gets to the senate. If the GOP in the senate dont like Cruz, Dems will get 60 votes to end it.

    September 20, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Tommy G

    Peter King is just another obnoxious loud mouth New Yorker. Way too mnay of them out there. Ignore the fool.

    September 20, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    big words from BigMouth let's see how he votes. Will he tow the T-T line and vote yea or use his brain (and alienate the sheep) with a nay vote?

    September 20, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    But, you have to admit that Fidel would be proud of Cruz for trying to shut down our government.

    September 20, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Yes, well, I hope the people get the message that the GOP is bad for the country. Keep fighting guys. It helps get the message out better than anything I can say.

    September 20, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. Larry in Houston

    well, it's like this : he won't last long, this is his first & last term. But the bad part about it, is the fact that when he goes back to practicing Law, he will already have the "congressional benefits" for life. The only place he's not a "fraud" is in the courtroom. He can convince anybody anything he wants, and is good at it.

    September 20, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Thomas

    Ted Cruz , the new and improved Tom Delay with the Newt like smell .

    September 20, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Anonymous

    "well, itis ike this: he won't last long, this is his first & last term.............."
    I hope you are right, Larry in Houston, but this nut is not finished yet. He has threatend to filibuster any bill
    that comes back from the Senate if it's not to his liking. I'm afraid that those who voted him in don't want to
    admit the huge mistake they made, and will stay with him.
    We have our work cut out for us, starting with electing a decent Governor.

    September 20, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Ron

    Wow. CNN is doing EVERYTHING it can to try to sow dissent among the Republican Party members. It's not working. The Obama Administration and the Democrat Party has been exposed a incompetent, destructive, anti-American bunch of imbeciles, and no amount of subversion by the mainstream media is going to change that.

    September 20, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. stewart

    watch as the GOP self destructs right in front of America and becomes a non factor for years

    September 20, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  16. Vince

    This party just did not learn its lesson in 2012.

    September 20, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. chachabrown

    King is the fraud. Down with the political elite!

    September 20, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. TaxedUpToMyEyeballs

    Apparently to some legislators personal convictions is more important than the good of the country.

    September 20, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. Madison

    Takes one to know one.

    Here is an interesting stat -- the House under bhoner and the baggers has voted to repeal Affordable Health Care roughly once every 24 days since repubs took control, and if you couple that with the fact that they have managed to enact the least legislation of any congress in the nation's history......

    September 20, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Kingsking

    I thing Rep king is the fraud who supported the 911 Mosque by accepting whatever .....from the pepoles behind the building of the Mosque. He is a TRUE POLITICIAN.

    September 20, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Jac in Madison

    I have known many crazies in life. Ted Cruz tops the list. This guys is ready to bring down the govt for his stupid political thinking. I am a independent voter. Guys like this one drives me to Dems.

    September 20, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Ralph

    Republican extremism, is the worst thing to ever happen to this country. If it continues, this country is going to fail, and fall into the category of another failed government experiment. Our founding fathers would be ashamed of the way we're treating this country and the people in it.

    September 20, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Greg in Arkansas

    @Larry....please elaborate on; "have the "congressional benefits" for life"...???
    I can't seem to find that 'fact' anywhere except in right wing talking points......please advise.....thanks.

    September 20, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. rr

    If the government is shut down, the first payroll to stop should be Congress'. Ted Cruz is all around bad for Washington and Texas. The people of Texas who voted for Ted should be proud.

    September 20, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. MichaelName

    What a waste of time ,
    This is who you vote people ,
    God grant them the strength to change the things they can- but above all give them the wisdom to know what they can and cannot change.
    I am the lords Michael and I have approved Oboma care and this massage .

    September 20, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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