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. Absent Bipartisan

    remember when bills that passed had votes from both parties?

    September 20, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Chuk

    Republicans are a joke. On the heels of kicking off a bunch of people off food stamp – people who they are also courting (as in, we would like your votes in the next election), they start another useless exercise. When they know this has no chance of passing why not put some effort in something that would pass and that will help the country? This is just an exercise in trying to make their base happy. Someone has to tell them that their base is not enough to win them elections!
    The Republican principle is the same – spend any amount of money building weapons systems with no questions asked but deny helping their fellow Americans in need (and by the way, hoping that those same people will vote them into office). Losers.

    September 20, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Discernment


    People, lets pay attention here. Focus please.

    The financial capital of the world is located in Peter King's New York region. A government shutdown could have a very destructive impact on national and international financial communities. If that Tea Party Republican and belligerent idiot Ted Cruz is successful in shutting down the government, than it is a strong possibility that the U.S. will take a negative hit on it’s credit-rating, and there is no telling how financial banking and credit will fair in the U.S. and internationally.

    We do not need a shutdown just when the U.S. has climbed back from the financial disasters of September-2008.

    September 20, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. L.Sanfod

    Hooray: The GOP/TEA is suicidal. Do they really think they can win by alienating women, taking away food from hungry kids, saying NO to adults who need healthcare, saying forget it to old people needing food stamps to exist and only appealing to those who look like and pray like them. How is that compassionate in any way at all? But republican compassion is only for the rich and powerful. Advocating hating your fellow man is not a winner!

    September 20, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Dave

    Which is more likely... Ted Cruz is a secret Democrat out to ruin the GOP...


    Ted Cruz is an ignorant man elected by ignorant Republican voters, and is acting out their demands for representation.

    September 20, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Sandy

    We know he is a FRAUD. Ted Cruz is a CANADIAN PLANT and crazy republicans follow behind this crazy commie that wasn't even BORN HERE!

    September 20, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. karl from az

    Seems like King has become the fraud!

    September 20, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. yem

    The Gop say people have to work to eat. I agree with this principle. But where are the jobs?People are not finding them, because they are not there. To deny people food by cutting budgets is mean and extremely cruel.

    September 20, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. jorge

    If a bill like this will affect the nation why push for it and punish the country? Republicans use the NRA tactic! If you dont give us what we want we will attack you and everyone that doesnt agree

    September 20, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. RockInD

    One Sane Republican Does Not Vindicate the Entire Party.

    September 20, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. honestmidwest

    These Republicans seem to me like animals that A) eat their own if they get a chance, and B) focus completely on dumb ideas which have not a chance of happening (and can actually hurt our great Country) just to appease their own narcissistic minds – too bad they don't spend time on REAL ISSUES.....seems kind of like little kids. Who keeps voting these folks into office? Just sad and embarrassing.

    September 20, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Ted Cruz is a closet commie

    Someone in his own party calling Cruz a nut. Maybe there is some common sense left in the GOP....not much but there is hope. Cruz is like a boil on the butt of the GOP. He just needs to be removed.

    September 20, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. devereaux

    Where are the republican solutions? They just wait for the Libs to propose something, then they get giddy to shoot it down. Now, that's call leading. Ha Ha!!

    September 20, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. DLNYC

    In response to the person who listed the Democrats missing from the Benghazi hearings (irrelevant to this discussion) in which 2 family members of slain embassy security testified: You list the 15 (out of 17) Democrats on the committee who were not in attendance. Fox News and other conservative outlets had inflammatory things to say about them. But you failed to mention the 18 (out of 24) Republicans also not in attendance. That's a cheap shot.

    September 20, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. kiska k

    While I hugely enjoy watching the GOP self-destruct, it baffles me that they can't control themselves. I'm a fire breathing liberal but simple principles, if applied, could right this sinking ship:
    (1) GOP party leadership needs to figure out just what their message is and then impose a strict Stalin-esque control of the message, at least until everyone is on board. This could be easily accomplished by leadership telling the Republican state chairs that they will be held directly responsible for any infractions coming out of their state. The chairs, in turn, spread the message down through the rank and file.
    (2) Any GOP'er who goes off the reservation and embarrasses or discredits the GOP with tinfoil-hat action will immediately lose any election funding from the RNC.
    Rinse and repeat.

    September 20, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Patty

    Mike, what makes you think it is this law that raised your premiums? It is the health INSURANCE industry raising the rates as they do every few years . Thi recent hike is not even as high as most have been through the years. The insurance companies seek the cover of ObamaCare to hide behind when they increase this year's prices. And it works well for them because you mistakenly cite the new law as the culprit. It is the profiteering that raised your rates and will continue to.

    September 20, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. MTD.

    Cruz is doing exactly what he said he would when he was campaigning. King is the problem, business as usual-party before patriotism. Even folks on the left who disagree with Cruz' policy position should at least respect him not cowering to the party leaders.

    September 20, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. send them to republistan

    the republican party is a fraud.

    dig up Senator Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon, have a parade.

    send them all to republistan, where they can have no health care, to a place where no one cares

    September 20, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. bspurloc

    wah wah benghazi

    September 20, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. Janie

    Wow!! My respect for Peter King went up a few notches. I've strongly disagreed with him and other Republicans (I'm a liberal Democrat) but I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. King on this. Ted Cruz IS a fraud and so are all his wacho, pathetic, and ignorant Tea Party people who want to destroy America. Their mission in life is to get rid of anything that benefits anyone who doesn't think, act, look or speak like them. They hate people who aren't like them. The sooner they go away and crawl back under the rock they lived before, the better!!!

    September 20, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Frank

    Hey Kevin. Dont think the conservatives are not armed either!

    September 20, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. tslexky

    Peter King needs to understand that Democrats and Republicans like him are the ones who have people like me wishing there was a way we could implement term limits. These old-timers in Congress are the ones who helped put us in this mess. I am talking about out-of-control debt, out-of-control spending, record amounts of people in poverty, a lower percentage of the population in the workforce than at any time since Jimmy Carter. Need I go on? People without an agenda know I am right.

    September 20, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. sly

    Republicans lose a vote on a bill so they threaten to shut down government?

    Are they really that stupid? American citizens will obviously blame the Republican Congress.

    Suicide. But, given that the Tea Baggers=KKK, that's fine.

    September 20, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Jake K

    As someone from Texas, I disagree with the notion that Ted Cruz is a fraud. He is exactly what he promised he would be: a delusional Tea Party member who cares more about his headlines than the GOP as a whole, and an extremist right-wing politician who has no interest in compromise or progress, just holding the moderate majority of his party hostage.

    September 20, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  25. Michael Benjamin

    Interesting as Max Baucus calls Obamacare a train wreck. He was largely responsible for the bill that came out of the Senate. So what was he doing as the train wreck was being constructed? The Senate will be a much better place when Baucus soon to retire heads off to Montana and hopefully never to be heard from again.

    Ted Cruz, the bombastic tea party ,pompous wind bag who is stoking the fires of his presidential bid will soon flame out. The trouble with the Tea Party is their lack of ideas to fix anything. Their answer is to gut government at all levels thinking that is going to make things better. Large, complex societies do not operate without some structure. People's human nature being what it is will seldom do the right thing. People naturally look out for their own benefit often at the expense of others. No one would argue that huge problems exist in this country, but simply shouting NO is not the answer. Democrats also need to recognize redistribution of wealth is not a long term strategy to raising up the poor. We all need to work together to fix these problems in an equitable way.

    September 20, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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