Peter King: Can't Allow 'Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to Take Over' GOP

Image: Peter King: Can't Allow 'Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to Take Over' GOP

Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 09:49 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Republicans can't allow the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to open the door for the "Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over" the GOP, Rep. Peter King said.

Cantor's defeat in Virginia's Republican primary Tuesday to economics professor Dave Brat sent shock waves through political circles. Brat walked away with the primary win with 55.5 percent of the vote to Cantor's 45.5 percent. Polls leading into the election showed Cantor with a healthy lead over Brat.

King told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" the approach of fellow Republican Sen. Cruz of Texas tarnished the party's brand when he led the shutdown of the government in October. King said the "overwhelming majority of the country" thought lawmakers were "crazy" and "irresponsible" to have allowed it to happen.

Urgent: Do you support Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination for President? Vote Now

King warned that the politics of the more conservative GOP party members such as Cruz and Sen. Paul of Kentucky would be detrimental to the GOP because he claimed they did not represent conservative views.

"What Ted Cruz did last year was suicidal. I hope that doesn't become party policy. So, we can't allow Eric's defeat last night, allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party," King said.

"This is not conservatism. To me, shutting down the government is not being a conservative."

King, a New York Republican, said he didn't think anyone in the House on Tuesday anticipated Cantor would lose.

"Yesterday, if you went around the House floor, people thought that if Eric got less than 65 percent of the vote it would have been considered a defeat. It was just a question of how high the majority was going to be," King said.

It's uncertain whether or not Cantor's position on immigration reform was what motivated voters. On Monday, Cantor had renewed a push on amnesty reform for children, urging President Barack Obama to work with Congress on moving forward on legislation.

King said he was concerned Cantor's loss would not only slow down possible immigration reform, but all legislation leading into the fall midterm elections.

"My concern is that a lot of things are going to be dead and pushed to the side. I'm concerned that the Ted Cruz supporters, the Rand Paul supporters, are going to use this as an excuse to basically stop the government from functioning," King said.

Urgent: Do You Support Rand Paul for President? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Holder: Justice Launches Criminal Probe Into Foley's Death

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 10:15 AM

The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the death of American journalist James Foley, At . . .

WSJ Editorial: Will Obama Do What it Takes to Defeat ISIS?

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 09:56 AM

President Barack Obama's condemnation of the beheading of American journalist James Foley was passionate, but leaves the . . .

Ex-CIA Agent: 'Silly, Juvenile' to Reveal Foley Rescue Attempt

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 09:53 AM

It was "silly" and "juvenile" for the administration of President Barack Obama to reveal the United States failed in an  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved