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. nigel z sutcliffe

    I am looking for tickets for the upcoming Texas execution of the next 2 American heroes. One hero dies next week the other 3 weeks later. The second hero shot his dad, starngled his mom, set their house on fire which caused the death fo his grandma. It would be my entertainment of life. Can I please beg this Texas hero Cruz or someone for ticket? I promise to to write a book of the 2 events.

    September 20, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. mike Lake Orion Michigan

    Mr King needs to take McCain and himself and do the American taxpayer a favor and resign!

    September 20, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Reality can suck for a Republican

    Hopefully this is the last we will hear from these troglodikes. Go ahead and tell the American people that only the rich matter, that you don't care about our health and well being too. Can't wait for the next election, hopefully people won't be suckered into voting these people back in.

    September 20, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. stevetall

    News flash, ding-dongs: Americans favor the ACA. Americans favor good health and heath care coverage. Americans take care of each other. Unfortunately, the Republican Party only takes care of the Republican Party and the puppetmasters who control the money that these grubbing fools think is so important.

    September 20, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. TED

    Good. Let the Republicans fight each other into oblivion, which is where they are headed anyway. They don't want healthcare for the needy in this country, but I don't see them giving up their taxpayer paid health benefits either. They are hypocrits.

    September 20, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. jimi.

    "The American people oppose Obamacare". Republicans believe this is true because they think they are the only people deserving of the label, "American". Fact of the matter is, the Republican party is imploding, and has been for over 15 years. I've got a newsflash for you conservatives: YOU are in the minority. The only way you people can win elections in this day and age is by cheating, rigging, or preventing people from voting.

    September 20, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. M

    It looks like the Republican civil war people were predicting back in 2008/2009 is finally in full swing. About the only thing that hasn't happened yet is for a fistfight to break out. This would all be rather amusing if it weren't for the fact that these guys seem determined to drag the country down with them.

    I have a suggestion. Rick Perry said a few years ago that Texas should secede. Let's take him up on that. That way, all the far-right crazies can move there, we can cut them loose, and then maybe we can get back to running a country.

    September 20, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Jonathan L. Gal

    S. Cruz is a phenomenal Senator, one of the best of our lifetimes.

    P. King is old and in the way.

    September 20, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Linda

    Republicans are PIGS! We need to continue to slaughter them!

    September 20, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. TennysMom

    @dcshananigans (interesting moniker...that's exactly what is happening now)....

    The American people re-elected Obama, by more than 5 million votes over Mittens. Obviously, getting rid of Obamacare was not first on their agenda. So the Repubs can stop posturing on "the American people oppose Obamacare".

    September 20, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Gianni

    ROFLMBO @ this comment- 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.

    Yep, the emergency room was a WONDERFUL way to get quality healthcare! Some people talk out of the wrong orifice and it's clear by all of the bs they spew! The 2 largest groups living in poverty are the elderly and little children, I don't think they're buying tv's, having babies or any other nonsense that's stated in that post!!

    September 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Charles

    The GOP has seriously fallen off a cliff if they belive Americans will elect a foreign born, Princeton educated Tea Party bozo with a Communist father, who fought FOR Castro before becoming an illegal immigrant, as President. To clarify, Cruz's father came to the US legally on a student visa in 1957. He earned his citizenship in 2005. So, for for almost 50 years, he was what? A "visitor?" Would Cruz support other Hispanic "visitors" staying in this country for 50 years? Hyprocite.

    September 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Ken

    King said the vote is a signal that the GOP has "to take more realistic and practical approaches." Wow an actual sensible quote. It's called pragmatism, which is critical to effective governance and something Tea Bags have thrown out the window. Don't give the line of garbage about "standing up for principles" because the majority of the country doesn't agree with the "principles" in Cruz's grandstanding side show. Both sides have to make compromises when enacting legislation, THAT'S PART OF GOVERNING!!!

    At least King wants to avoid a government shutdown rather than inflict potential serious damage on the country and he put it best when he said: "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." This is exactly what this is, a cheap headline-hunting scheme from someone in Cruz who has no interest in effectively governing the country.

    September 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Jo jo

    Republicans are jackal who consume each other... All Democrats have to do is watch.

    September 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Warren

    Not that I like Peter King but, I have to agree with him about Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz is a FRAUD. Ted is just playing games to shut down the government so he can grandstand in 2016, to the Tea Party members.

    September 20, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. rs

    et tu, Brutus?

    September 20, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. NSW

    Don't be so ignorant... Cruz is only doing what I wish the rest of congress and senate would do... stand up for the American people that do not want Obama-care... It will destroy healthcare and put so many on the streets... All the supporters need to read what in the care act... It will open your eyes...

    September 20, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Rosslaw

    Republicans should focus on their strong suit like forcing woment to undergo medically unnecessary, sharia law-like humiliations such as invasive ultrasounds that no doctor would recommend. It really is their specialty.

    September 20, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Sherry

    Real Texans are NOT laughing at Cruz. He is supported by wealthy Texans and out of state interests. If the Democrats want to get rid or him then they must fund an opponent which they did not do this last election cycle. The democrats have given up on getting Texas which is very short sighted. At some point the younglings of Texas will start to vote and Cruz will be gone but in the meantime he and others like him make our great state a laughingstock.

    September 20, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. omgprice

    King should switch over to his beloved Democratic party if he wants to play liberal so much. I heard he wants to run for President. He should pose a decent challenge to HIllary in the Democratic primary. To real Republicans' he does not represent our views. If our party had what it takes they'd send him packing.

    September 20, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. John

    Let old Pete come down here to Texas and doing his talking. Cruz is a man of principle, while king is a New York RINO. Cruz will be returning to Washington and doing doing what The People want ie, slapping democrat dogs into their places for a long time. We Love Him!

    September 20, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Lindsey

    I would rather "stand for something than fall for anything." Cruz stands for something and King falls for anything!

    September 20, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Mike

    Pelosi said that congress needed to pass Obamacare to see what was in Obamacare. Well it passed and the devil is in the details – its a nightmare. Defunding the program is a smart move.

    September 20, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. V

    Thats just pathetic "you aren't following my example so you must be a fraud!!" So because someone actually stood up for someone in their own party theyhave to be a "fraud" The republicans have been trying over and over again to attack the healthcare plan and gotten nowhere. Isn't doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results the definition of insanity?

    September 20, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. kevin

    I am to the point where I fear the only solution is another civil war. It is now more us against them than any time in the past. The actions and inactions of this republican clown show is worn out it's welcome. I hope I do not see this country at war with itself but these idiots need to go and if it requires a war, don't think liberals aren't armed.

    September 20, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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