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June 12, 2014 - 9:24 am

In the wake of the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) slammed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as a “fraud” and accused Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Texas) of seeking support among “lowest common denominator” voters.

“I’ve been in politics for a long time. But I don’t think anyone sensed this coming. And it just shows how unpredictable the business is and how often politics does not always have a happy ending,” King said of Cantor’s loss, which he said “shocked everyone.”

When asked on CNN if Cantor’s defeat meant that House GOPs need to choose the most conservative majority leader they can, King replied, “No.”

“I think we have to wait for the full analysis. But this is one district. We can also look at Kentucky, where Mitch McConnell won big. We can look out in Idaho when Mike Simpson beat back a challenger by a large majority,” the congressman said.

“So, again, it’s a mixed. I would say that one of the problems is when you’re a leader such as Eric was, part of his job is to travel all over the country. And that keeps you out of your district.”

Cruz praised Cantor’s defeat as voters expressing “a sentiment that is present across the country, which is that people are frustrated.”

King said the Cruz-Paul effect can be stopped “first of all by showing that Ted Cruz, for instance, is a fraud.”

“Last year, he induced the Congress to shut down the government, and after they did it, he couldn’t deliver at all. Basically, he said if the House shut down the government, he would be able to deliver in the Senate the ending of Obamacare. He knew from the beginning this was a fraud yet he went ahead and did it,” he said. “To me, he is dangerous to the party as is Rand Paul. We have someone running around saying he is afraid that the CIA is going to be killing people in Starbucks with drones. I mean, this is — this is not the type of leadership we need.”

“The Republican Party, you talk about frustration, our numbers never went lower than after Ted Cruz led the shutdown last fall. He is the worst thing that can happen to the Republican Party,” King continued. “People are frustrated. These are tough times. They need honest answer, honest leadership, not the medicine-man type tactics of Ted Cruz.”

“I think it’s important for Republicans to go out and go public, go on the media and not be intimidated by these guys, and stand up to them. I’m in the tradition of Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, as are most Republicans and most Republicans in the House. And we can’t allow ourselves to be intimidated by people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who want to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

King stressed that Reagan compromised with Tip O’Neill “when he had to,” yet moved the country “significantly in the conservative direction.”

“You’re never going to get 100 percent. You have to be realistic and you have to be honest with the American people. What the American people are really frustrated with is false promises, and nobody makes more false promises than Ted Cruz.”

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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King is the one who is dangerous. Cruz and Paul (KY, not TX) are trying everything under the sun to pull America back from the brink in the face of the raw hypocrisy of King and his ilk.
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I love these upsets, they freak everyone out and lead to spontaneous outbursts of truth. Nice to know where King stands. I see a primary in his future.
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I agree that Ted Cruz is a danger to Peter King's vision of the Republican Party.
I also happen to think that Peter King's vision of the Republican Party is a danger to the country.
And speaking of frauds, why doesn't King end his and just switch parties already?
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King says he's in the "tradition" of Dwight Eisenhower. If that's the case, where is King's "Operation Wetback?"
18 weeks ago
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Check the educational credentials and job experience of King and Cruz, and decide for yourself which man appeals to the "lowest common denominator" voters.

King should be ashamed of himself, except that he has lost the capacity for shame.
18 weeks ago
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Peter King does all Republican conservatives a disservice. Time for him to go.
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"Lowest common denominator voters"!! SO insulting another Rep. of your own party isn't vile enough...King has to insult the fine people of TX & KY????
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I admired Mr. King for berating the Congressional Black Caucus when it beclowned itself over the passing of the renowned freak and pervert Michael Jackson. His animus towards Senators Paul and Cruz, however, is bizarre. Does he have any cross words for President Obama or Senators Reid and Schumer?
19 weeks ago
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I used to like Peter King as at least a guy who kept the light on the Islamic threat & terrorism.

Nada más...adios.
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"I’ve been in politics for a long time..."

Maybe too long, Peter. Maybe so long that you can't fathom the nation's frustration with Congress in general, both parties, can't understand the revolutionary intelligence of Ted Cruz or even the appeal of Rand Paul.

As an alleged co-equal branch of government, you guys have done exactly jack sh!t to rein in executive abuse.
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"I've been in politics for a long time..." WORSE than that is..."it just shows how unpredictable the business is... Did he just call "politics" a "business"???? Next thing you know he will be saying members of Congress actually WORK for a living...ROFL!!
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Rep. king is the guy who initiated hearings on Islam and folded to CAIR. He is the "fraud".
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“I’ve been in politics for a long time..."
It's time to go.

"You’re never going to get 100 percent."
But easy to surrender 99%.

Unforgettable surrendering: Obama dumped his DREAMers in Texas and Arizona, Cantor responded with it's time to make a deal. Which 1% haventhe Republicans surrendered to a most vicious Dear Leader?
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Jarrett, Obama & Biden are all very recently on record saying that so called DREAMers and immigrants in general (legal, illegal, who cares ?) are the future of America..."the best that we have" (Jarrett)
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The Democrats are the ones who shut down the government.

The Democrats refused to pass a budget for years and years. The GOP House passed a budget. The Dems ignored it and said, "No. We refuse to use a budget. Just give us our f?cking money." The GOP said, "This is insane. We can't let you keep doing this. We need a budget." But the Dems shut down the government until they got their money with no budget.

When a hostage negotiator doesn't just accede to whatever outrageous demands the psychopath makes and the psychopath ends up killing the hostages, no one says the negotiator murdered the hostages.
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