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Rep. Peter King Attacks Sen. Ted Cruz … Again

The New York congressman just can't stop himself.

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Paula Bolyard

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June 19, 2014 - 12:45 am
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Asked about Rep. Peter King’s continued attacks on him, Sen. Ted Cruz told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday, “I’ve never met him. To be honest, I don’t think I had ever heard of him until he started getting on television attacking me.”

And so continued the verbal volleying between the two outspoken lawmakers on the cable news shows.

Rep. King recently called Cruz a fraud, joining Democrats in blaming the Texas senator for the government shutdown in 2013. After Dave Brat’s stunning defeat of Eric Cantor in Virginia last week, King again went after Cruz, warning on MSNBC, “We can’t allow Eric’s defeat last night to allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party.” King said, “Because this is not conservatism to me. Shutting down the government is not being conservative.”

King, who seems more obsessed with taking down Cruz than he is defeating Democrats has compared Cruz to a “kamikaze pilot” who is “hijacking the party.” The New York representative has also said that people “think he’s crazy” and that “no one has done more to strengthen Obamacare” than the Texas senator.

When Erin Burnett asked him about the attacks, Cruz opted not to respond in kind, instead redirecting the conversation to the tone in Washington. “He’s welcome to express his opinions, and he is entitled to them,” Cruz said of King. “I think there are far too many politicians in Washington in both parties that spend their time attacking each other rather than focusing on the substance.”

Asked on Wednesday to respond to Cruz’s comment on CNN, King again went on the attack, saying Cruz’s comments are an example of the senator’s “smug arrogance” saying they’re the reason he has few friends in Congress.

“This is what happens when guys like Ted Cruz make themselves the center of their own universe,” King told Politico. “They have no idea what’s going on around them.”

King added that he pitied the “ignorant” Cruz because he hasn’t availed himself of King’s sage advice over the years.

“Actually, I feel sorry for him,” he said. “Maybe, if he had a taken the time to listen to me over the years, maybe he’d be a little smarter than he is and be a little less ignorant and maybe he’d have a few more friends. He likes to live in his own little bubble.” King added, “In all seriousness, what I’ve heard about Cruz is that he knows himself and nobody else, basically.”

King found yet another opportunity to attack Cruz with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday. After being shown the clip of Cruz saying he didn’t know him, King responded, “This proves what happens when Ted Cruz has decided to be the center of his own universe — to live in his own world,” King said. “For him not to know who other members of Congress are…other members of the senate, I mean that’s really his problem.”

King again groused that Cruz would “be a little smarter” if he had taken his advice over the years. The New York congressman then went on to list his own intellectual achievements: “But I mean, not to be talking about myself, but I was the third highest Republican on national television shows last year. I’m on your show all the time.” Who knew the Republicans were keeping score?

King fired a parting shot at Cruz, saying he hopes Cruz does not get the presidential nomination.

Recently "retired" from homeschooling, Paula is an unapologetic Christian and Constitutional conservative. An enthusiastic Tea Party supporter, she is a member of the Wayne County Republican Executive Committee. She is also a contributor at Ohio Conservative Review. Paula lives in N.E. Ohio with her husband, two dogs, and two parrots.
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I have (conservative) family that lives in his district and they loathe him, but he’s pretty safe…I’d like to see him defeated – even turning the district blue if necessary…a Democrat would just be another garden variety liberal and no one noteworthy, but King is that special media-beloved animal: A Republican who can reliably be called upon to attack fellow Republicans.

I’m not really too libertarian on national security issues, but even I can see that King’s just a one-trick pony…his solution to every problem is enlarging the police state.

I remember after the Boston Bombing, the stuttering slob was immediately on every TV channel (before the smoke had cleared) arguing that obviously, what we need is more surveillance. Now the Boston Bombing was, quite literally, the most photographed and recorded crime scene in human history…it was immediately clear that additional surveillance was simply NOT the problem…but never get between King and a television camera.

Throw the bum out.
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Peter King is what is wrong with the Republican Party.
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Paula, you are terrific! Please keep up the good reporting. As you know, Peter King is the fraud, for he is a RINO - he has no clue about true conservatism, the Constitution and "By the People". Peter King is as good an example as John Cornyn, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Thad Cochran and Mitch McConnell as to why we need term limits. This "inside the beltway" establishment needs to be torn down!!!
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F off Peter King. Jeez.
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Someone ask King how much rent Ted Cruz is paying for living in King's head
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“Maybe, if he had a taken the time to listen to me over the years,..."

Over WHAT years? Cruz assumed office 18 months ago.
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I have (conservative) family that lives in his district and they loathe him, but he’s pretty safe…I’d like to see him defeated – even turning the district blue if necessary…a Democrat would just be another garden variety liberal and no one noteworthy, but King is that special media-beloved animal: A Republican who can reliably be called upon to attack fellow Republicans.

I’m not really too libertarian on national security issues, but even I can see that King’s just a one-trick pony…his solution to every problem is enlarging the police state.

I remember after the Boston Bombing, the stuttering slob was immediately on every TV channel (before the smoke had cleared) arguing that obviously, what we need is more surveillance. Now the Boston Bombing was, quite literally, the most photographed and recorded crime scene in human history…it was immediately clear that additional surveillance was simply NOT the problem…but never get between King and a television camera.

Throw the bum out.
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“For him not to know who other members of Congress are…other members of the senate, I mean that’s really his problem.”

Mr. King, he didn't say he didn't know who other members of the Senate are. You are not a member of the Senate, and never will be... which I suspect is a substantial part of the reason for your animus against Mr. Cruz.
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Peter King is what is wrong with the Republican Party.
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If only King spent as much time attacking Obama and the Democrats as he does Ted Cruz.

And let's correct the record. Ted Cruz did not shut down the government, Barack Obama and Harry Reid shut down the government. Ted Cruz did not have all of those barrycades at the ready. Barack Obama did. Ted Cruz did not have all those preprinted signs saying that this or that monument were closed due to the government shutdown at the ready. Barack Obama did.

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Isn't King the guy who demanded immediate Sandy relief? Relief that remains undistributed to this day?
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