Rep. Peter King Against the USA and Conservatives: ‘We Have to Start Going After Ted Cruz by Name’

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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) (AP File Photo)

( – If Congress passes legislation deferring a decision on the debt ceiling and stopgap government funding, Republicans should anticipate another crisis in six to eight weeks, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on Monday.

“We have to anticipate Ted Cruz is going to try to do this again. Ted Cruz and 30 or 40 people in the House. And we have to start going after him by name. I’ve been doing it all along. I wish I had more company on it.”

King said “we just can’t have” Republicans or Ted Cruz second-guessing the final outcome of the current stalemate.

“What’s going to happen, months from now, after this is resolved, he’s going to say, ‘Republicans were on the edge of winning. But they lost their nerve in the end, and they caved in. This time it’s going to work.’ I think he’s going to rewrite history. And we have to make sure he doesn’t do it. And it’s really time to speak out against him. And also again, there’s about 30 or 40 (conservatives) in the House who are going to go with him. We can’t let John Boehner and Eric Cantor be put into this position again. They told us in mid-September this would be a disaster.”

King said Republicans all over the country are going to suffer because of what Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has done: “I don’t care where you’re from, what Ted Cruz is doing is affecting the entire country.”

King said “there’s no doubt that Democrats are winning” right now, but he also said that President Obama needs to “play a more aggressive role” in bringing the two sides together.

Cruz, meanwhile, led the Republican field by a large margin in a presidential straw poll at the conservative Values Voters summit that took place in Washington this past weekend.

Cruz had 42 percent of the vote, well ahead of Dr. Ben Carson and former Sen. Rick Santorum, both at 13 percent. Sen. Rand Paul took fourth place with 6 percent of the vote, and Sen. Marco Rubio was fifth with five percent.

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