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October 3, 2013 - 7:25 am

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who has been highly critical of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and the Tea Party in recent days, said he doesn’t want the movement to splinter the GOP lest the U.S. start looking like France.

King admitted on CNN that he’s “been very critical of the Republicans.”

“However, I’ve also — very critical of President Obama for waiting so long to get involved. Now that they are in the room, I would try to see if they put together a comprehensive agreement, both on the continuing resolution and on the debt ceiling so our country doesn’t go through this,” he said.

King was asked if the Tea Party should just break off from the GOP.

“No, I do believe in the two-party system, but I do feel that the Ted Cruz wing of the Republicans are very damaging to our party right now. That’s up to us to resolve internally. I don’t want fragmentations forming; otherwise, we’ll end up like one of those French republics where they have 40-50 parties or — no. To me it’s important that we keep the two-party system if at all possible,” he said. “But we should not be allowing the Tea Party to control what we do.”

He clarified his comments over the past couple of weeks about Cruz.

“I said he was a fraud because he started this whole process, he was the one who was bringing pressure on Republicans, he’s the one who’s behind this whole effort to defund ObamaCare and threatening to shut down the government. And basically saying if the House did that, sent it over to him, it would work,” said King.

“He knew this could never work, he knew that from the start. That was why this was a fraudulent advertising on his part. And he’s basically just being a con man. And how the House Republicans allowed themselves to be suckered by this guy in is beyond me.”

King estimated there are “about 100″ Republicans in the House who want the government to reopen.

“But right now people just don’t want to move,” he continued. “And let me say this. I’ve been very critical of the Ted Cruz Republicans. I give them credit for one thing: when they want to do something, they get it done. They don’t worry about how — about hurting anyone’s feelings, how — what people are going to say about them. And that’s why they’re taken very seriously. So I give them credit for that. I wish people on my side had that same type resolve.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Cruz' advertising was no more fraudulent than the Establishment GOP Club's - in fact less so. Cruz is Constitutionally supported, making a statement and mobilizing citizens to at least try to strangle the devil baby of Obamacare in the crib - every day that goes by it will be harder to eradicate it. The Establishment Club didn't offer an alternative solution to eradicating Obamacare. They offered ways to get re-elected so they could then - what? Repeal it? Are you kidding me? After it has been in place for a year? How exactly would this get accomplished? King's so-called alternative plan sounds like bait and switch advertising to me. All the GOP establishment will be able to do after the elections is run on a platform of administering Obamacare more fiscally responsibly than Dems or some other liberal-lite platform.
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Seriously, is anyone here really concerened about a bunch of non essential government workers being on paid vacation? Trust me, they will all receive back pay for hours not worked. Peter King is the problem, and the Tea party is the solution, though this Rino can't see it. What else could you expect from someone from the liberal hell hole of New York.
47 weeks ago
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“But we should not be allowing the Tea Party to control what we do.”

No one is controlling what you do King. Remember, you don't represent the Republican Party. You're supposed to represent the people who put you into office.

So take your ass back to your district and find out what your constituents are saying. If they sound like Cruz, maybe it's you who need to shut your mouth and get in line.
47 weeks ago
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Even if he did go back and hold townhall meetings he would swear the TEA Party stacked the meetings and the "real" people couldn't get in to be heard. He's one of those politicians that only hear what they want to hear.
47 weeks ago
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Lemme get this straight.....

He thinks the "Ted Cruz wing" is damaging the Republicans and called him a fraud.
Yet he doesn't want us to leave....but still vote for him and people like him.
But he still doesn't take us seriously nor does he care about our opinion.

Makes all the sense in the world!
47 weeks ago
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No, Petey, you are the one harming the GOP. It is you, and people like you, who have turned a two party system into a one party system that supports a growing State. Get lost.
47 weeks ago
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Just shut up and show up in November: Got it. Thanks, Peter.
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