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. CanoTheGreat

    What alot of you people fail to realize is the fact we are all sheeple. No matter what party you side with we are all being played and sold to the highest bidder. Whats the opposite of Progress that would be Congress. They all have secret agendas and use the power of divsion to keep you blinded from the true realities. What’s the definition of insanity doing something over and over again only to expect different results. We need some real people like myself to lead this country not to divide but to unite us. Charlie Cameron for president 2016. I'm sure people will fall for the same hook, line and sinker come 2016. So unless your willing to change the entire system of leaders who do nothing expect the same. Wake up!!!

    September 20, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Future

    At least Cruz is trying to do the right thing wanted by the people and not caving to Obama to put us further under government control.

    September 20, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Steven


    every single problem your country has ever had can be tied to Democrats who spend your tax dollars, every single dime of it, on meeting in which the out come is Nothing !!!

    It is absolutely mind blowing how completely out of touch with reality the Democratic party and The American Public is !!!

    Good Luck, you're all gonna need it, Big Time !

    September 20, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Robyn

    Mr. Cruz is a Republican in Congress.
    Of course he is a fraud.

    September 20, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Mike

    If Obamacare is so good – why did congress and their staffers exempt themselves form the law?

    September 20, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Blitz

    The republicans need to stop wasting efforts that have no chance of succeeding, and to stop trying to legislate by cutting funding. That is not how you change legislation. The votes for Obamacare have already taken place. They need to try to fix what they don't like instead of trying to unwind what can't be unwound. Defunding would not get rid of Obamacare anyway at this stage. Cruz is a fool, and leave it to Texas to send this guy to congress

    September 20, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. waitaminute

    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. CRUZ is doing what he was elected to do. King is the fraud. RNC better coral that RINO. Conservatism is back and we mean to run off the spineless.

    September 20, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. crimsoninok

    Cruz is the future of the GOP, King is the past. Conservatives have been force fed moderate candidates for President in McCain and Romney and those candidates lost because REGISTERED Republicans did not come to vote. The GOP will finally wise up and realize that America is opposed to Obamacare AND Socialism and the pendulum will swing back to REAL conservativism. Hispanics are the growing population and they are family based workers.. Embrace them, fix immigration in a fair way and we will have the largest growing voter block.. King is done.

    September 20, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. alf564

    Ah, OBC, written by the insurance companies and a few dumborats. So many people and groups have been exempted that nobody know who is going to pay for it. Doesn't seem to matter to BHO because his job was to hurt America badly from within and by golly he is doing one fine job....I think Putin likes American more than BHO.

    September 20, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Michael Marix

    Cruz is at best an embarrassment. Joe McCarthy reincarnated.

    September 20, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. John

    Our government is broken, both sides do not know how to compromise. Both sides share in the blame. While I support the Democrats personally they are just as bad when it comes to negotiations. I say it's time for an American Spring!!! Vote them all out! They all get too many benefits, they abuse their positions. Term limits are good for the President, they should be good for the Congress. Vote them all out, bring in some new blood!!!

    September 20, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. hopethispost

    They're all frauds, after all they are politicians aren't' they

    September 20, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. blakenaustin

    King is a RINO with more in common with the Democrats than the GOP. He needs to be muzzled.

    September 20, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Ruth

    The Republicans brought these on themselves, they made a deal with the Tea Party forgetting that they were a bunch of delusional quacks and now they are paying the price. How can you make a deal with a party that consists of mostly white, racist men? America has moved on and catering to a small percentage of Americans spells disaster for the Republican party.

    September 20, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. RINOVT

    Wrong. 45% oppose, 40% are for and 15% don't think it went far enough.
    45% against, 55% for. Sounds like the last election!

    September 20, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. nc_mike

    The point for the GOP is to WIN the war, and these losing battles are losing the war for the GOP – and they are too daft to stop self-inflicting the wounds. There is no need to whip up and short up the base; the battleground are the independents and conservative left – both of which Cruz and those like him are burning.

    September 20, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. just saying

    all i can say is if the leftists in here attack, name call and villify cruz as much as they do they they do it for one reason, they fear him. he's a man of principle, something democrats know nothing about. stand tall and stand together republicans. stop the obamacare train wreck. the american people will reward you with easy re-election in 2014 for saving their healthcare system and stopping this democrat created disaster.

    September 20, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Jeffro211

    Ted Cruz is downright creepy, as are the rest of the Koch brother's lackeys.

    September 20, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. RINOVT

    Ted Cruz will have a lasting legacy. The fact that he was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother means he shut down the birther movement single handed!

    September 20, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. USA

    Shut it down. This president and government is worthless anyways. Hopefully some of the Lib tardz are waking up to the fact their king has no clothes. # puppet.

    September 20, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Darrell

    Once again the republicants rant and rave over something the American people want and need. What is their plan for health care? They have not come up with ANYTHING to replace the health care bill.
    President Obama was clear this isn't the end all solution. He said we can pass this and then over time go over the bill make changes here and there and try to get it as perfect as possible so that we can ALL benefit from it.
    As usual the republcants don't want to do that. They don't want anything this President does to go down in history as doing something good for the whole country and not the chosen few.
    They want to keep touting Regan as if if anything he did was good. We will vote out these old tired REPUBLICANTS and tea party crazies. They have held this country hostage since the President has been in office. In spite of that the debt has been cut nearly in half, the slide of unemployment has stopped from the BUSH years. Business is making record profits, The country is safer, but of course the republicants will say none of that is always.
    The President told us this was not going to be easy since the country was in such BAD SHAPE WHEN BUSH AND THE REUBLICANS ran things.
    We are slowly steadily coming back. For them to try to stop the motion of the country is insane. We need to get rid of all the republicans in the house and senate so we can finally get more things done. The republicans have been dragging thier feet long enough ....they need to go.

    September 20, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Janet

    The "American people" don't oppose the ACA. I stand with the majority of nurses who hail it as a step forward. I myself don't think it went far enough – we need universal coverage. once it takes effect, we'll all see the benefits
    Cruz and Rubio have been neutered by the tea party and faux news.

    September 20, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. USA

    Peter King does not represent us Conservatives. Ted Cruz does.

    September 20, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Mike

    There is no truth to the promise of $2500/year healthcare cost savings under Obamacare. My healthcare costs are up 50% as a direct result of this law.

    September 20, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Gerry

    King, You and Cruse make a pair.....

    September 20, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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