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.

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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. Scott


    "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.
    They are no worse them the Democrats, that want to spend this nation deeper in debt. By keeping Obama Care forces this nation deeper in debt. It is an overpriced bloated program, that is going to cost the working person more in the long run then now. Of course you radical liberals that want to see this country destroyed will back it. Nothing like having the Goverment decide on what procedures you can have. Most companies are moving from full time workers to part time workers to avoid paying for coverage. So the wages of the working class are going down as they have less hours now. So tell me how Obama care is going to help?. When after 2014 current plans thqat you may have now will not be renewable. Forcing people onto Goverment forced health plans.

    September 20, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. chiavarm

    Shut it down, Cruz

    September 20, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Jason

    OMG @Kingsking you mean there are politicians in Congress? It's like saying the Bar association is full of a bunch of people who will say 'whatever' to help their clients. In other news, The sky is blue.

    September 20, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Catherine

    GEE what a surprise not a story about the congress people that walked out of the Benghazi hearings BEFORE the victim's families spoke. Here is a list of them – they should be impeached or recalled. This goes far beyond politics, they in essence spit in the face of these families – OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!


    Carolyn Maloney, NY
    Danny Davis, IL
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC
    Gerald E. Connolly, VA
    Jim Cooper, TN
    John Tierney, MA
    Mark Pocan, WI
    Matt Cartwright, PA
    Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM
    Peter Welch, VT
    Stephen Lynch, MA
    Steven Horsford, NV
    Tammy Duckworth, IL
    Tony Cardenas, CA
    William Lacy Clay, MO

    September 20, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Scott


    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......
    And what has the Senate done, nothing but kill every bill the house sends. Well if they kill this bill the House passed then they will be responsible for shutting the Goverment down. ther balls in their court either pass it or shut the Goverment down, the House did their job.

    September 20, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. josebesr

    I know you dems are up set but Ted Cruz is very intelligence . More and more people are looses their jobs and the hour are being cut. and they are taxing the devil out of us. The insurance companys is giving us the shaft. There are hidden taxes in obamacare The IRS are giving you ss. out to people. and King thinks its OK

    September 20, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. lathebiosas

    Keep up the good press for the GOP Teddie, mid terms just around the corner.

    September 20, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. charles

    I Love this game. go King!! But , I wish if the nation would take more time to fix the wrongs in the bill and also strengthen the good things in this bill. Life is all about compromise. The republican party have wasted more time on the healthcare law than with other issues that hurt this nation. I wish they focused more on the economy, security...and many more things . They are fighting social issues like abortion.

    September 20, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. John

    Just remember folks, there are many many Americans who are ready willing and able to vote the 'old' Republicans and Dems out of office and get some new line new way thinkers into office.

    September 20, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Boo

    Are there any sane rational ADULTS in the Republican party that don't act like snotty bratty children?

    September 20, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. JeffreyRO5

    When did the GOP get so nutty in the first place? It's not like Cruz is some unique species in the Republican Party!

    September 20, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. freedom64

    I think Rafael Cruz is a sleeper that the Castro regime planted. Hopeful Castro won't get the last laugh out of the harm his man has caused the US.

    September 20, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Knucklehead

    Well, maybe once the budget is addressed, they can get on with the Republican re-branding.

    September 20, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. 2Km N of GZero

    Ted Cruz displays common sense and is branded a fraud. The rushlimbaughcizing of the GOP.

    September 20, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. roro

    Raphael Ted Cruz is an arrogant megalomaniac. 7 months in the Senate and he's already running for the presidency. What a narcissist. He's willing to shut down the government to defund ACA, which hasn't even been fully implemented. And he's got no replacement. Are we supposed to just go back to letting the insurance companies raise rates willy nilly? How about giving ACA a chance, changing what doesn't work, and tweaking it as it goes along? No, that would make sense, and the Republicans haven't made sense in a very long time.

    September 20, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Greg

    Cruz was elected because he had an (R) in front of his name. There are moderate Republicans in Texas. Lots of them. But they are not enough to overcome Republican zealots in a lot of primary races, leaving the state with many extreme candidates. Whites are a rapidly shrinking % of the population and much of the extremism is fear around what that means. The extremism is expressed in many ways, but that's the root. It is a hard thing to deal with such a rapid cultural shift; hard to know where you belong if anywhere; hard to know if the values you hold dear with continue to be honored. Fear prevades. The people of Texas and in the US would be so much better off if we could have honest conversations, a real diologue, without so much fear. Giving in to that emotion accomplishes nothing. The facts on the ground will not change.

    September 20, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. JohnRJohnson

    Ted Cruz is much worse than a "fraud". He's a modern day Joseph McCarthy who is driven 100% by self-interest. He shouldn't be in the government. A walking monkeywrench that has contributed to the Congress' inability to address any of the country's actual problems. No doubt, he is a very smart, opportunistic politician. Maybe, at some other time in the country's history he could be more easily tolerated. But, right now, he's a major problem for both parties.

    September 20, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. ObamaCares!

    Republicans waking up and standing up for America!!!!

    September 20, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Mandchu Candidate

    Is Ted Cruz in truth a sleeper agent for Cuba intent on destroying the US?

    September 20, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  20. Larry L

    Cruz is a poster child for the new Republican Party. He knows a government shut-down would trash the poor and the middle-class. He knows it would directly impact our senior citizens, veterans, and all of the government workers who have been doing their jobs while Congress does nothing but political games. Sadly, Cruz represents the Republicans and is helping them destroy America – just so the fat cats and fearful bigots can make political points.

    September 20, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. charles bowen

    More Republican Fear Mongering from the Party Of No! Boehners Bunch sure ain't no Brady Bunch they rule by fear and intimidation where as the Bradys Were just Love i'm not feeling the Love are you? Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    September 20, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. DW

    Defund Ted Cruz AND Peter King.

    September 20, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  23. ritmocojo

    If the Hindus are right about reincarnation, Ted Cruz is Joseph McCarthy reincarnated. They even look alike, and Teddy Boy is just as crazy as ol Joe.

    September 20, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. Brad

    Peter King sound like the voice of reason in a party that has very little.

    September 20, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Vote the Republican traitors out of office! Donate to progressive candidates even if your are not one of their constituents. We need to work together to remove the stench of the GOP from Washington and State Houses around the country!

    September 20, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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