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. tino

    The Canadian born senator from texas is an extremist politician, also geographically speaking he comes from the "extreme' MW of Canada to the extreme S of the US, he should be discarded as an petty politician.

    September 20, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Dick Delson

    Some Republicans are beyond stupid. How do guys like Cruz get elected? Is everyone in Texas crazy?

    September 20, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Justify

    Peter King is a fraud and fool.

    September 20, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. ty

    I hear that Cruz likes to feed the geese after a nice hot carl and dirty sanchez,

    September 20, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. sly

    American's implemented Affordable Health Care.

    That's the law of this land, providing care for 40 million Americans who were priced out by the rich insurance companies.

    Thank you President Obama for doing such a great job in 6 years – killing Bin Laden, Stock Market Records, no more Bush Oil Wars.

    Now, let's laugh at the Party of Stupid as it inbreeds and eats it's own.

    September 20, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Big dude

    Really??!! This is news to you?? Cruz is a POS who wants as much airtime so he can assuage his massive ego.

    September 20, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Texan Girly

    Lovely, I just love to see the GOP self destruct! hehehe...These people just have no clue nor shame

    September 20, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. I'm Mad

    Not just Ted.... all Republicans!

    September 20, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. cliffintex

    Thank goodness Cruz is a man that stands for his beliefs – something rare in the US Senate. King is another of the McCain/Graham types that should have retired yeas ago. They, like many others, are interested only power and being on the front page. I do not think Cruz's ploy will work but I applaud him for trying. He, at least, is doing exactly what he told the people of TX he would do if elected. Refreshing!

    September 20, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. chas

    Cruz is no doubt a far right extremist, but you have to keep in mind, he is not really a American. To me it shows in his divisiveness. he does not understand the American system, but unfortunately these tea party people in their blind hatred toward Obama are following him

    September 20, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  11. Drew in Bowie

    Idiocy rules in the House of Representatives, and the country is awash with ignorance about Obamacare. Obamacare has it faults: 1) It gives right-wing business operators a way to shirk their social responsibilities by treating their workers even worse than they already do, and 2) It does not contain a public option that would permit people to opt in to Medicare. Both faults were forced into Obamacare by the right-wingers and by allies of the foul health care insurance industry.

    As to Ted Cruz and his fellow demagogues, who appeal to the worst instincts of all the yahoos in this increasingly bizarre land of barely civilized, extremist ninnies, I cannot think of a fate terrible enough.

    September 20, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Phil Esteen

    Ted Cruz is a fraud? Since when is this news? His entire policital career is based on demagoguery and show, rendering the terms 'Republican' and 'hypocritical charlatan' virtually interchangeable. Watching him come up through the ranks of the 'good ole conservative white boys' down here in Texas has been an illuminating adventure in right wing nonsense.

    September 20, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Wilson

    Watch out, 2016! Here comes Ted. Well, not so fast. Iowa, NH, SC are still on the way.

    September 20, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. notahistorianbut

    I thank my lucky stars that our recent congresses were not in place when Social Security and Medicare were made the law of the land. They should ALL be removed in 2014 as they've all decided its best to serve their masters (corporations/unions and their bankers – special interests) then live up to their oath of office. I would love to start seeing the national representatives and senators on a massive recall list when they do for themselves and not the country as a whole. Once elected to a national office; they should forget their party and work for the betterment of the country. If they don't like something – why not try to improve it? Why are the republicans desperately trying to undo what's done? Why haven't they done their jobs? If they worked in private industry they'd be out the door.

    September 20, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Sue

    No Mr King you are the fool! Ted Cruz is standing up to you and the Democrats1

    September 20, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Ted Cruz

    If Cruz beats out Christie then we know the GOP is officially srewed.

    September 20, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. midknight1

    Cruz stands for nothing but himself fool!

    September 20, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Raoul Duke, Jr.

    A man who stands for his beliefs? That's a positive thing? Adolph Hitler stood for his beliefs, too. Was that a positive thing? Standing on one's beliefs is meaningless if those beliefs are not worth believing.

    September 20, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Fred Evil

    King and Cruz, two peas in a fraudulent pod.

    September 20, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. DC Johnny

    What precisely is your problem with Ted Cruz, sheep?

    Please explain it in clear, lucid, factual points. No boogeyman-style myths. No hearsay. I want actual arguments for why Ted Cruz is even a mediocre person, let alone the monster you pretend he is.

    The truth is you won't be able to come up with any, because none of you have actually heard more than a sound byte from him, or read more than a carefully sliced excerpt from a speech of his. If you had ever listened to an entire speech or read an entire editorial, you'd find that there is nothing to argue with, or at the very least, nothing aside from an ideological argument to be had against him.

    But, I'm not talking to logical, lucid Americans. I'm talking to liberal drone sheep.

    September 20, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Frank S

    King, I can tell you as a fellow Cruz-hater, do not underestimate this guy. He has plenty of politcal savvy, so name-calling is pointless. I am against Cruz's agenda and his tactics. Unfortunately, they seem to work well for what he wants to do. He will be with us for the rest of his 6-year term I'm sorry to say so get used to it.

    September 20, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Susan StoHelit

    "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."

    These are people who find it a problem to admit to reality, if it's one they don't like?

    And really, "doubts"? How about no way in hades? Come on now – this is not really even in doubt. Talk about burying your head in the sand, if you are ready to be angry at someone who admits something that blatantly obvious. Do they really think it's not clear to anyone paying attention, and most of those not paying attention that they're just playing games with this "defund Obamacare" move?

    September 20, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. diana clay

    It's amazing how the poorest states always vote against their interest. Do that not read beforethey vote Ted cruz is for Ted Cruz he get paid from the goverment. give your check up if you hate the goverment so much why be a senator.

    September 20, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Cats

    The comments about Sen. Cruz on just the first page are ugly and vile. Polls show that more than 1/2 of Americans are opposed to ObamaCare, are afraid of what it will do to their healthcare in the future, are afraid of the implications for the healthcare of their family. In addition, the new economy is a "part-time" economy. Millions of people are out of work. The economy is NOT rebounding as the Obama Administration would have you believe. The stock market is being propped up by Bernanke's "money printer" with little else behind it. Peter King and the rest of the Republican "establishment" are more concerned about their re-elections than they are about the future of this country. These are the same "braintrusts" who foisted John McCain and Mitt Romney on the Republican voters. The results were two ignominious defeats and, for Mitt Romney, a lower Republican voter turnout than for John McCain. When Peter King calls Sen. Cruz a fraud, he is bringing nothing to the table of ideas and is merely asking for more of the same. Tea Party supporters (yes, I'm one) will, I hope stand fast against the Democrats and the liberals in their own party.

    September 20, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Andrewmag166

    Liberals beware! Cruz is awesome

    September 20, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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