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October 14th, 2013
08:37 PM ET

Peter King on Ted Cruz: "Either a fraud or...totally incompetent...he can have his choice"

Coming up this evening at 9, "Piers Morgan Live" invites U.S. Representative Peter King to share his thoughts on the ongoing government shutdown, and the rapidly approaching debt ceiling deadline.

Joining Piers Morgan from Washington, D.C., the former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security pulls few punches when expressing his dissatisfaction with the recent tactics employed by Ted Cruz.

"I lay almost all of it at his feet because he's the one who started this," says King, when asked how much blame he personally places on the Republican Senator from Texas. "Ted Cruz is the one behind it, and I've said from the start he was a fraud, because this strategy never had a chance to work, he knew it wasn't going to work...this was just a stunt by him, and as a result of that, the country is on the verge of default and the government is shut down."

As the host suggests that Cruz's plan is a symbol of the GOP's new guard trying to establish itself, even potentially with an eye towards the 2016 presidential election, King denounces the attempt as entirely flawed:

"The fact is, if you come up with a strategy that's going to shutdown the government of the United States, and you have no way of winning, you're either a fraud, or you're totally incompetent. So he can have his choice as to what he is."

Tune in at 9 for the full interview with Peter King, as the Republican from New York says of Cruz, "we have to go after him...we are not going to allow Ted Cruz to hijack this party, and bring the country to the edge of ruin. It's just wrong."
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    I would like to Thank the U.S.A for taking that Cruz fool of our hands even our good medical couldn't help him & please don't deport him

    October 14, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sm

      Yeah! sen cruz and sarah Palin are domestic terrorists , and the little leaders of the " Nazis " Tea party whos only agenda is to wreck the middle class and " AMERICA "

      October 15, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Louise

      I agree with you Karen–so glad he gave up on his Canadian status–USA you can have him, we don't want him-doubt even Alberta would want him-a total idiot full of self importance

      October 17, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. susan mc

    Regarding Sen. Cruz -start closing military bases in texas, and transferring assets to nearby states. Let's see if he can be reelected without those government jobs supporting his state.

    October 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Valéria Bobroff

    Please save our breath. We really don't need the distraction of Sen. Cruz idysyocrinsies and would-be famous political figure and self-serving ideas. This is one of the reasons incompetent people are elected and serving in the name of the people. Our bright minds must be ashamed.

    October 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. judi sommer

    Where are the other respected member of The Republican Party on this-the ones who don't have to face the $$$ and wrath of the tea baggers? Some yanking on Cruz's chain would be a good start.

    October 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. ARALE NORIMAKI

    “You have to be a real low-life piece of chit to get involved with the tea KOCH party”

    You'll be listening to some guy...you say..."this guy is funking stu pid!"
    Then...then there are some people, their not stu pid...their full of chit. Huh?
    That doesn't take very long to spot either, does it? Take you about the same amount of time.
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    Do you think Ted Cruz's wife who works at Goldman Sachs is placing her investment bets to make money of this debacle?

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    thank you Sen cruz and sarah Palin standing in front of the White House heading the group with a with Larry Klayman and his huge " CONFEDERAT FLAG". We all know Whos' Alliance ( Sen Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin ) the " Tea Party" is for and what they represent to "America" . The Tea party is a Domestic Terrorist network and should be treated as such.

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