Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said he's mulling a presidential run because of his concern over the direction of the GOP, specifically regarding national security. King: "Whether it's me or anyone else in the Republican Party who runs, I hope we run on having strong national defense and also carrying the banner high. Waving the banner of the United States of America and realizing that whatever other countries may do or whatever complaints they may have, no one has done more for freedom than the United States. But most of all, Americans need to have faith in their leader that he's not going to back down when things get tough."
In an interview, King "was unsparing about his own party, too, saying he's gravely concerned that Republicans are starting to project the same image of timidity in international affairs that has plagued Democrats over the years." King singled out Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), saying: "He's a knee-jerk isolationist. Just the level of his arguments -- 'build bridges in the U.S. rather than Afghanistan' -- has superficial appeal. But what does that mean? Does he consider, analyze -- what happens when we withdraw?"
King "went so far as to say that the rise of anti-war voices in the GOP threatens to make Democrats the better option for voters who want a strong national defense." King: "I want to make sure our alternative is better than theirs. ... If I'm going to be criticizing the Obama policies, and then we end up nominating someone whose policies I think are more dangerous than [Obama's], we've failed as Republicans." (Politico)