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. Hillcrester

    The GOP will reap what it sows. When the Senate retuns a clean CR bill to the House, Boehner will have to decide whether to shut down the government, in public, for all to see. He should resign as Speaker and let Cantor do it, then return to Ohio and start sweeping barroom floors.

    September 20, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Jerry Okamura

    There is a fight for the soul of the party going on. The relevant questions are, who will eventually win, will it help the party, and will it be good for the people of this country?

    September 20, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. YeahRight

    Yes, the GOP needs to behave more like democrats and socialists and less like republicans and libertarians. Makes perfect sense.

    September 20, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. Noel Jones

    What King apparently can't see is, the GOP is going to get the blame for everything Obama fails at. EVERYTHING, no exceptions. Obama doesn't compromise, he just pushes up to the last minute knowing the cowardice of the republicans always come through for him, and does King and cohorts get any accolades from Obama for giving him what he wants? NOPE.

    Sure all of this will get a whining spin from the president, but he's going to whine regardless. So, what's to lose? The president's beholden friendship? Yeah sure.

    September 20, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. MilitaryAF

    The GOP sure likes nailing its own coffin.

    September 20, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. America Moving Towards Fascism

    "House votes to fund government, gut Obamacare" Hooray!!!! Go Tea Party! I promise to keep supporting any cause who's mission is: "... reducing the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government spending and taxes. The [Tea Party] movement has been called partly conservative, partly libertarian, and partly populist. It has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009."

    The Tea Party is ROCKING Washington! Go Ted Cruz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Ngoc-V-Le/Le-Roy

    TO THE GOV'T OF U-S. And Everyone! LIVING in the land of U-S..GOV'T by The People and People By GOV'T Plan Healthcare The People take care The People and GOV'T Protect The People!All The People Livng in The U-S Country need to buy Healthcare under control by system basis of GOV'T control and quality lowcost to the People! PLAN MY idea we have over 150 BILLION a year spend to the Healthcare all The People living in 50 States OF U-S my Plan No effects to Taxpayer or GOV'T...

    September 20, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Socrates

    I am so glad that this guy is not Canadian anymore. Sorry for you guys, is all yours.

    September 20, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Chuck

    "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."

    I think this statement right here sums up how stupid house conservatives are. What planet do they live on where they would think that the Senate had the votes to pass their plan???

    September 20, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. DF Wallace


    It's great to have another Right wing hater post. Thanks for your inaccurate generalizations.

    The Corporate folks are stealing us blind as they control the government through lobbying, campaign contributions, and the 'revolving door'. Meanwhile, the Fox shills scapegoat the familiar targets, effectively brainwashing you paranoid lemmings.

    The new healthcare law is far from perfect, but is a step in the right direction.

    September 20, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Imagine that

    Cruz is just auditioning for an analyst job on Fox once he gets voted out of office...

    September 20, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. bbs66

    Look who's talking. Peter King should go home asap

    September 20, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Ann Terhune

    Tea party Republicans are Zealots and traitors. they don't care what is good for the people. They just want money from the Koch brothers.

    September 20, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Jacky

    Terrorists, kidnappers, and robbers with hostages create binary ultimatums as a mechanism of "negotiating" for some cause. Meet the tea party GOP.

    September 20, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Scott Poole

    Please stop calling Ted King a Republican. We need more Ted Cruz, more Marco Rubio, more Rand Paul and less Ted King, less John McCain. The tide is turning and those old boats need to be washed out to sea.

    September 20, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Malory Archer


    Yes, the GOP needs to behave more like responsible Americans working toward making the country a better place to work and live, and less like facists and greed heads. Makes perfect sense.


    FIFY. You're welcome.

    September 20, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. sosdn

    Like Cruz even better now that ELITE Peter King does not.

    September 20, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Matthew


    September 20, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. David

    The GOP needs to act like it is more concerned about the nation than the Koch brothers' agenda. They are doing nothing about health care costs – just complaining about the only step there has been in that direction. It makes me ashamed to have been a lifelong member of the GOP.

    September 20, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. H8 Stinking Bolsheviks

    King is a filthy reeking RINO from a very bad, wicked blue state. Not to be trusted. . . . . or to be listened to.

    September 20, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. Wilson Iyokho

    Ted Cruz and John Boehner should do the work they are elected for–to serve the people. OBAMACARE has already be approved by both houses and the highest court of the land has ruled its stay. John Boehner and Ted Cruz has no respect for the rule of law. They are just obstructionists. I hailed Rep Peter King for stepping up against Ted Cruz- He is really a fraudster, and he does not deserves to be a public servant.

    September 20, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. Smity Jameson III

    For The Republican Party-Yea! For our beloved country-Yea!

    September 20, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Donnie Mac

    There is a hard core element in the Republican part who will do ANYTHING in an attempt to get rid of President Obama;even if it harms the American people or country!

    September 20, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. G

    How great that they eat their own!

    September 20, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Tom

    Takes one to know one.

    September 20, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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