U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-New York) criticized the first official 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, on March 23, saying the Texas senator is “just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”
In the interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the host asked King about his previous comments on Cruz, where King referred to Cruz as a “carnival barker.” Instead of retracting his comments, King continued to lambast Cruz.
“We need intelligent debate in this country," King said. "Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate. He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He has shown no qualifications, no legislation being passed, doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience. So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results."
When Blitzer asked if King would support Cruz if he wins the Republican nomination for president, King said: “I hope that day never comes. I will jump off that bridge when we come to it.”
King, who is also floating the idea of a run for the White House, criticized another potential presidential candidate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Paul, whose foreign policy views have been labeled as “isolationist” by the New York congressman, has yet to declare his candidacy.
“His views would basically remove the U.S. from having a real role to play in the world, and his mindset — when you look at things he’s said over the years, in effect blaming the United States for problems around the world, somehow that it’s our fault," King said. "To me, that’s a bad mindset for the commander-in-chief of the United States to be going into office with."
King previously blamed Cruz for the government shutdown in the fall of 2013, because Cruz filibustered a bill to fund the government due to President Barack Obama’s health care legislation being fully implemented at the same time. During the 21-hour filibuster, the senator read children’s books to pass the time.
“Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world," King said.
The last polling shows King may not have to worry about Cruz winning the nomination. In the latest poll conducted by Real Clear Politics, Cruz placed eighth, receiving just 4.6 percent of the vote. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson were the top three in the final results.
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