KING, PETER

A Royal Rebuke

King takes shot at Paul while discussing potential presidential bid.

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Sept. 13, 2013, 7:38 a.m.

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)

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