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. Susan StoHelit

    They're so terrified of Obamacare going into effect, because they know once people actually HAVE it, they won't be able to turn it into a crazed boogeyman anymore, and it will be permanent, just like many other beneficial programs we have.

    If the Republicans really believed Obamacare was going to be this horrible mess, they'd let it go through, just to ruin the Democrats. They know what will really happen, what is already happening – affordable health insurance for people who previously had to risk their life playing russian roulette with their health or who could not get health insurance at all.

    September 20, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    ust 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.
    How blind of you to use the term "leftist", which has the connotation of violent guerillas, to chastise people you disagree with.

    September 20, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  3. Jay

    Ted Cruz = all mouth and nothing else!!!

    September 20, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Stu in Iowa

    Correct you are Michael. No need to type more.

    September 20, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Frank T

    Cruz the Canadian born citizen is not only a fraud of Epic proportions, but a stupid OLD man who has NO business being in Politics.Shutting down the Government is the most idiotic thing to come out of this Repub Senate since 1994.

    September 20, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. ART

    Ted Cruz is a foreign agent sent here to infiltrate our government and bring America down, I mean what other reason could their be for this mans craziness. He is an evil foreigner who needs to be sent back to what ever country he's from.

    September 20, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Person of Interest

    Why risk shutting the government down over Obamacare? You all have already got sequestration's blanket cuts hitting all public sectors. Why not do your job, pass a budget (finally), and then work on repealing stuff?

    September 20, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Rand yUnderwood

    Oh this old fat cat RINO/ Neo Con / King is getting his little rug pulled out from under him. He just wants to go along to get along and make sure his retirement package is fat and fluffy. These Ideological Republicans just put a burr under his saddle. We are taking the party back you RINOS and Neo Cons. Stand for something or fall for everything. NO MORE.

    September 20, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Jake

    Kudos to Peter King for calling cretinous Cruz a FRAUD.

    September 20, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Dan

    If you are still in the mindset of labeling people "conservative and liberal," you have little understanding of politics and government. This is all part of a game, and our politicians and their outlets are hoping that you have little understanding of the issues.

    September 20, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. refuse2fail

    The only FRAUDS are Peter King, John McCaine, Chris Christie, and ALL the other useless RINOs.

    September 20, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    No one thinks a lot of Peter King. he is a "has been" throwback to the old Gerald/ Ford Jacob Javits Republicans. How he even has security clearance is beyond me.
    Let's examine in detail his connections to the IRA and gun running. Today we would call that Support for Terror and he would be in jail for 50 years.

    September 20, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. WEEDY

    Seems to me Americans had the chance to vote up or down on the ACA during the elections last fall... while they did not speak with one voice, they did vote by majority to affirm the President and his health care bill.... It is past time for the Republican party to get past this issue and get on with whatever pro-growth agenda they can cobble together..

    September 20, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. refuse2fail

    Wow..... these comments are picked and chosen like crazy. This message board is a fraud.

    September 20, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Thatguy

    Here's an idea for the GOP Representatives. Why don't you vote to defund your healthcare benefits. Talk about hypocrites.

    September 20, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. xfvdfgb

    peter king = rino piece of excrement

    September 20, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Jockhouse Johnny

    Ted Cruz is a clown

    September 20, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Sonkarlay

    Don't blamed ted is that big fool John b who is acting stupid oh wait that's their last name and I hope they get what they want from tea bagger because they will go down in 2014 and never hear of them any more

    September 20, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. xfvdfgb

    u liberals on here are astoundingly lunatic like sly who claims t party is kkk when it is the democrats who openly honored veteran senator robert bird , a long time well known member of the kkk

    September 20, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. Roberto

    Ted Cruz does not belong in the hierarchy of the U.S. Federal Government. He would possibly fit in quite comfortably in the NSDAP, though.

    September 20, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. belinda

    I'm sure that Wall Street appreciates this. It's one economic setback, after another. All of it,thanks to the GOP. It's like a horse with blinders on. The next election will be ruled, by what is happening right now. Billions of dollars could be wasted. Republicans will be held accountable.

    September 20, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  22. charronne

    Will someone please tell me how Cruz can be a potential contender for President. He was born in Canada, and we are certainly not part of the US. Where are all the Birthers on this issue, or is that only an issue for candidates who are non white?

    September 20, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |

    Rapheal Cruz has been making money doing the defund Obamacare hustle on the Guns over People tea potty wingnuts who will believe anything that they think hurts Obama. America doesn't matter to them.

    September 20, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Joe The Plumber

    What will Cruz decide should be defunded next – Medicare? Not a smart move for a party to decide which laws it will honor and which laws it will defund. But then again, Cruz is not the problem, its the bozos who voted for him.

    September 20, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. judewalker0220

    Susan StoHelit, your very stupid to think that the Republicans would be allowed to pass the bill just to ruin the Demos. They "are" trying to "save" people from the train wreck of Obamacare. Sure it would be great to let it go through and show the Demos what a horror they have created for our health care, but that would not be "serving" the American people. I personally hope that it does not go through, but I feel that it will eventually pass because of stalemate. When it does, I do hope that it is great for americans, but I know that it is not so I will be looking forward to the Demo's downfall.

    September 20, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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