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. kirk

    Well we all know the 40th times the charm. Wake up , I often compare gop to SNL

    September 20, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Richard Miller

    The entire repuglician party is a fraud.

    September 20, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. morris diehl

    Ted Cruz who was born in Canada has somehow thought of himself as Presidential material and he should keep up the good work of making sure Texas goes Democratic in 6 years. I live down in Texas and he is like Governor Moonbeam Jr.. CACA just flows from their pieholes and the Teascummers just lap it up. Too bad no one thinks of the coutry first.

    September 20, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Rudolph

    Cruz is courageous, smart and spot on. Not perfect but we have the most magnificent healthcare system in the world – facilities, doctors, tools, medicines and administration. With a few key improvements, many times articulated, could continue to be even better. But nothing like that is free. Obamacare is the end of our healthcare system.
    So instead of Obama de-valueing it, telling everyone it is their right and someone else will pay for it, the message should be that you are obligated to prepare yourself and prioritize a basic health care policy before bad tattoos, flat screen tvs and children you can't afford.

    September 20, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    When Peter King is the voice of reason, you know that we're through the looking glass.

    September 20, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    the so called "benefits" are health care for the rest of their lives, paid for the taxpayer, and once elected to congress, you still get paid, & receive other benefits, even after your term is up. It's not as good as any past president, because they get secret service for the rest of their lives, but Congress, they get "perks" I am not sure on how much, or how many so called "perks" after they get out of Congress, but believe me, they get all sorts of "perks" that the avg person does not receive.

    September 20, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Of course you radical liberals that want to see this country destroyed will back it."

    Oh, Scott. If ONLY you knew what you speak of. For the most part, I had no opinion on Affordable Heath Care. However, I have since changed my mind. Not because I am pro or against. I am quite frankly sick to death of the debate which has wasted precious time on political bickering that was going nowhere fast.

    Buy, hey. Keep bickering to repeal, defund, and whatever else your opinion leads you to believe is correct. I simply don't care.

    I never thought of myself of being a "radical". Lately I've come to enjoy that term. If radical is to try and move this country forward ... then, yes. I'm radical. And proud of it.

    September 20, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. kirk

    Cat, how do you feel about the deaths of over four thousand young men and women who were put in harms way so others could profit? Just curious

    September 20, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. TommytheT

    You Go Mr Cruz, you exactly what this country needs and wants, and entrench Politicians, like Mr Kind whether Rep or Dem are the reason we are in this mess that you are trying to help us get out of. They are the frauds and they have be for decades.

    Mr King let me be the first and not the last to tell you, you do not speak for the American Public. You are the FRAUD.

    September 20, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Brian

    Peter King apparently doesn't listen to his constituents.

    September 20, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. samuel

    CRUZ WAS born in canada though his mother is from delaware and his father from our friend CUBA. how come no one is asking to see his birth certificate. just asking.

    September 20, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. gary

    ha! this is the reason why i'm voting for hillary in 2016!

    September 20, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Ann

    Let's see Cruz was NOT born in the US..he cannot run for President and be legitimate according to his own party. He is the most self serving light weight, newcomer I have ever seen. But...I love sitting back and watching the Republican Congress Reality Show ... Bravo should pick this show up.

    September 20, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. carolina corpus

    I commend Ted Cruz on standing up for funding for OC and if they want us to keep it then Congress and Senate should try it first and see how they like it. Stand your ground Ted, we are behind you all the way!!!!!!

    September 20, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Insight

    Republicans never learn their lessons even after two debacles in the election. Ted Cruz sees Texas as America and don’t see Texas is in America. Peter King has a better chance for 2016. Tea party carries lots of hatred and anger towards the president and forgets about their responsibility towards the Middle Class Americans. And, Middle class Americans have the power to put anyone in the throne including King.

    September 20, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Ironhouse

    Could the red guys PLEASE come up with ways of governing other than holding it hostage ever few months?

    September 20, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. noteasilyswayed

    Watch the GOP disintegrate in the next two to four years..... these extremist right wingers are destroying the party, and the so-called leadership is too scared to do anything about it. Boehner, Cantor, et al are all scared of the extremists. King is right, but this will not help him, because he ended up voting for what he knows is just a symbolic gesture.

    September 20, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. quinLee

    The good ole TP. Bet the GOP establishment wish they had never made that deal back 2008.

    September 20, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. TomGI

    "Republican calls Sen. Ted Cruz a fraud"

    Don't know for certain about that but in my opinion he's a habitual liar that envisions himself as president.

    September 20, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Dr Tom

    King said he was opposed to tying defunding Obamacare to the CR, yet he voted for the House bill to do just that. Who is the fraud?

    September 20, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Larry in Houston

    @Anonymous – 11:51 am – – don't worry about it, like I said, he won't last long, don't you remember how cruz got elected in the first place ?? LOL –
    #1 ) He was running against David Dewhurst, who was one of Perry's cronies, (not to mention his lieutenant Gov) and was (or is ) corrupt. and they brought charges on him. ( google that – Dewhurst)
    #2 ) When he ran against Dewhurst, he had the one from Alaska down here, holding rally's & helping him spend money down here, in addition to the fact that he had the former Governor & Preacher from Arkansaw – remember 'ol Huckelbee ?? He was here also, putting up billboards / making phone calls / and what not. Alomg with the one that was from Alaska, they must have spent some time in some motel room, or something, I guess. Because they were here for week & weeks, to get 'ol Cruz elected..... To be perfectly honest, even the most prominent republicans wish he would either pipe down, or wish they never gave him their Vote.

    September 20, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Alina77

    I miss cool, great , smart GOP party.. I don't think we will have again the party of conservative progress not ideology.

    September 20, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Biff Omney

    Pretty funny – Peter King, the modern day Joe McCarthy, going after his fantasy land party member.

    September 20, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. TONE

    You are obviously a low information voter who just listen to fox or limbaugh, and the little information they give you, most of it lies anyway you just cannot put it together with voters like you GOD help us all.

    September 20, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. HC

    Krik - As our politicians call A PATRIOT.

    September 20, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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