The budget strategy led by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz to defund Obamacare was destined for failure, and the events that unfolded in Congress last week prove it, New York Rep. Peter King said on "Fox News Sunday."
"If we wanted to defund something, we should repeal it," King said. "This was a strategy doomed to failure, and Ted Cruz has now walked away from it. We are the ones who shut this government down."
While King blames Republicans for the six-day-old government shutdown, he also places a fair share of it on Democrats, whom he said "are not bargaining in good faith."
"The Democrats, in my mind, are also being irresponsible here," he said. "The president of the United States has an obligation to get involved. I can’t picture a Harry Truman or a Lyndon Johnson or a Bill Clinton or a John Kennedy standing on the sidelines while this is going on."
On the issue of the bold commando raid in Libya that captured al-Qaida terrorist Anas al Libi, King championed the Navy Seals who carried out the mission but also questioned why the bombers responsible for last year's attacks in Benghazi have not also been captured.
"Why, if we were able to get al Libi, we didn't get the operatives from Benghazi, when we know where they are," he asked. "Why don't we go in and get them, as well? That’s been a real issue…in the Congress…but al Libi is a great capture. I hope he's interrogated for a long time before he's brought to court."
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