Peter King: You guys, I’m totally serious about running

posted at 5:01 pm on August 11, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

During the ongoing discussion of the Real Conservatives considering a 2016 bid, (and boy do you have a lot to say about that) there were more than a few, shall we say… less than charitable comments about New York Congressman Peter King mulling a bid for the White House. Well, I don’t know if Representative King lurks in the Hot Air comments section or if it’s one of those accidents of freak timing, but it’s almost as if he heard you. No sooner was the virtual ink dry on the page than he showed up to assure everyone that he was absolutely, positively, definitely thinking about maybe running for President.

Rep. Peter King says he’s dead serious about exploring a bid for the White House, even as GOP strategists and consultants offer steep and potentially insurmountable odds for the New York Republican.

“This is not a game I’m playing, I’m serious,” King told The Hill after spending the earlier part of this week in New Hampshire meeting with voters.

King said he’s headed back to the first-in-the-nation primary state for the first two weekends in September to continue testing the waters, but that his final decision won’t likely come before early 2015.

King didn’t make his bones on so-con issues, but was always big on cutting taxes and spending. His big issues, however, were all rooted in the more neoconservative, strong national defense positions. This no doubt led to his position as chair of the Homeland Security Committee and member of the Intelligence panel. He’s had a lot to say on those subjects, frequently showing up as a vocal critic of the President on all things foreign policy. (Though he did give grudging credit to Obama for shutting down the embassies during the recent terror alert.)

These things apparently set him up to see himself as a natural opponent of Rand Paul – a strategy which he no doubt views as good positioning for the intra-party debate to come.

“This has nothing to do with Rand Paul personally, but I definitely want to keep the party from going the route of what I call the ‘Rand Paul isolationist wing’ of the party,” King said.

“At the same time I’m testing the waters myself presidentially. It’s sort of like walking and chewing gum at the same time. I’m very serious about the issue but I’m also very serious about seeing what the possibilities are about running for president.”

King told the Burlington Free Press earlier this week that Paul’s policies have “set the Republican Party back 50 years.”

So is he crazy to think he’s in the running for 2016? Probably. But then again, who would have predicted in November of 2011 that Rick Santorum was going to be the last man standing against Mitt? (And before you answer, remember… we have a full archive of all your comments here.) And while I realize you’re still debating the question vigorously in yesterday’s thread, who is the frontrunner at this point? The real answer is that we don’t have one, though we could, without much difficulty, find one big slug of folks saying it’s Christie and another saying it’s Cruz. The Democrats have had their frontrunner since the day after the last election – assuming she actually runs – so looking back at the circus of the last GOP primary, perhaps King isn’t as crazy as all that.


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Gak! We are so in trouble in 2016…

OmahaConservative on August 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Ain’t nobody here sayin’ it’s Christie. Maybe in TIME magazine, but not here.

M240H on August 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Peter King: You guys, I’m totally serious about running

…you may as well…run in your pants Peter!

KOOLAID2 on August 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Snowball meet chance in hell.

profitsbeard on August 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

perhaps King isn’t as crazy as all that.

…is Jazz a drinker?

KOOLAID2 on August 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

BBBBWWWWHAHAHAHAHAAAAHHHHHA.

Running for President? Mr. New York Amnesty?

BAAABBBBHAHAHAWWWWWAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

What a freaking riot.

Would that get rid of him out of the U.S. House?

PappyD61 on August 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Yo, Peter King! I got your electoral chances right here.

Emperor Norton on August 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

“At the same time I’m testing the waters myself presidentially. It’s sort of like walking and chewing gum at the same time. I’m very serious about the issue but I’m also very serious about seeing what the possibilities are about running for president.”

…wrong analogy Peter!…should have been “It’s sort of like standing at the urinal… and sh!tting my pants!

KOOLAID2 on August 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

America once had a president from Long Island, named Teddy Roosevelt. Unfortunately, Peter King is from Lawn Guyland.

Emperor Norton on August 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I think we need MORE presidential candidates who are terrorist supporters.

Exit question: If Peter King does well, how long until terrorists finally leave academia to run for office themselves?

FranklinBluth on August 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

He could get the angry looking old white guy with the NY accent and the darting eyes demographic.

BoxHead1 on August 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Both he and Christie, neither of which have the remotest shot at winning it, are being pushed out there by Jeb Bush.

The Bush Family has been trying to create the perception of a rift in the GOP base- “radical” Tea Party and Libertarians personified by Rand Paul on one side, and the Big Government RINOS like Christie and King on the other.

Into the breach will step Jeb of course, offering the ties that bind, holding it all together. It’s all been planned for some time now.

sartana on August 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Not really crazy about Peter King, but he beats the hell out of the trio of Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Rand Paul. The 3 Amigos of disaster keep popping up in the Republican poles. If it’s them or Peter King, give me King easy, easy!

HDFOB on August 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I’m totally serious, Peter Pan, I will never, ever vote for you!

mobydutch on August 11, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I think he should try stand up comedy instead.

FloatingRock on August 11, 2013 at 5:27 PM

UGH,…..NOT another King!!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on August 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Astroturf candidacy if there ever was one.

Peter King is a puppet, wittingly or unwittingly it really does not matter.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

the gope doesn’t give a crap about the entire south if an idiot with an accent like him thinks he can run.

renalin on August 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

UGH,…..NOT another King!!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on August 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-9pDZMRCpQ

FloatingRock on August 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Okay then. Now all he needs is donors and some voters.

Curtiss on August 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

NO just NO

gophergirl on August 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

After his Sandy Spending tantrum, he can’t be taken seriously about anything at all.

myrenovations on August 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

shall we say… less than charitable comments about New York Congressman Peter King mulling a bid for the White House.
==========================================================

Me thinks:

That the MSM will be on a Spin Hit-Job Cycle,that…..

King is a Mc Cain Clone!!!!

canopfor on August 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

NO just NO

gophergirl on August 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

gophergirl:I second ye:O

canopfor on August 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

He looks like an older Edmond O’ Brien in DOA which is exactly his chances on political advancement. What a puuuutzz !!! He’s a McCain-Teddy love child. Rodney King has better political instincts.

rik on August 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM

canopfor on August 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-9pDZMRCpQ

FloatingRock on August 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

FloatingRock:Lol,School House Rock,now that is an old one!:)

canopfor on August 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

After his Sandy Spending tantrum, he can’t be taken seriously about anything at all.

myrenovations on August 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Exactly — he and Christie went way, way down in my estimation after that nonsense. And I say this as a NYC resident.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Peter King Campaign Lootery:

REPRESENTATIVE (R – NY)
Pete King
*********

Select cycle and data to include:
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http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00001193

canopfor on August 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

A Marxist RepublicanDemocrat walks into a bar….

/Get lost you fool.

Key West Reader on August 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Is King Mike Gavel, Chris Dodd, Gary Johnston serious?

If so, look out?

bw222 on August 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

So is he crazy to think he’s in the running for 2016? Probably. But then again, who would have predicted in November of 2011 that Rick Santorum was going to be the last man standing against Mitt? 2008 that an America-hating Marxist would be elected president.

Electing Mitt would have been pretty much in the mainstream of American political history. Electing Obama is an act of national suicide.

turfmann on August 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Peter King: No, really, I’m serious about

maybe

running for president.

Rep. Peter King says he’s dead serious about exploring a bid for the White House

One of these things is not like the other.

Bmore on August 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Astroturf candidacy if there ever was one.

Peter King is a puppet, wittingly or unwittingly it really does not matter.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

So is Paul Ryan. Marco Rubio. Mitt Romney. John McCain. Lindseygirl Graham.

They can all KMA.

Key West Reader on August 11, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Screwed that up. Allow me to correct.

Peter King: No, really, I’m serious about maybe running for president.

Rep. Peter King says he’s dead serious about exploring a bid for the White House

There.

Bmore on August 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM

so looking back at the circus of the last GOP primary, perhaps King isn’t as crazy as all that.

No. He’s looney tunes, no doubt about it.

That he is a New Yorker only adds to the LOL factor…

JohnGalt23 on August 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

is Jazz a drinker?

KOOLAID2 on August 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Are you new here?

Jazz Shaw on August 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

is Jazz a drinker?

KOOLAID2 on August 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Are you new here?

Jazz Shaw on August 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Jazz Shaw:Lol,…

******************* LEAVE JAZZ ALONE **********************!!

Or get tossed over the side!!

(Le Snark)

canopfor on August 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

For Christ’s sake. Stop this now. Peter King is an IRA supporter. The record is rich with quotes over the last 20 years, many of which are collected here:

http://reason.com/blog/2013/06/12/rep-peter-king-who-wants-to-arrests-jour

Here’s just one highlight:

“If civilians are killed in an attack on a military installation, it is certainly regrettable, but I will not morally blame the I.R.A. for it.”

He is a scumbag. A surveillance state statist. Can you imagine the NSA in the hands of such a man? We would be praying for an Obama third term.

NealK on August 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Peter King for President?

Fuggedaboudit.

beatcanvas on August 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Key Point:

If Jazz is “cheering” for anyone – like he is here:

Ignore Them

williamg on August 11, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Peter King for President?

Fuggedaboudit.

beatcanvas on August 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I dunno,.. I like Lindsey Graham for POTUS. Or, Barbara Boxer. Same sh*theads.

Key West Reader on August 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I’d like to see a Dem Primary … And the candidates are:

Nancy Pelosi
John McCain
Barbara Boxer
Lindsey Graham
Anthony Weiner

If I had my choice, I’d go for the weiner.

Key West Reader on August 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Peter King, the stalwart conservative with a 35% rating from Heritage? A lifetime rating of 55% from Club for Growth, and a lifetime rating of 57% from Freedomworks.

Our chances are better off with McCain or Romney. That being said, I hope he runs. That will splinter the moderate vote with the other squishes.

ritewhit on August 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

“There’s a jar at the end of the bar, put in a few bucks for the boys”.

King’s sole achievement in life was to aggressively fundraise for the IRA.

Semtex was expensive back then.

1921 C DRUM on August 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Just when you thought our choices couldn’t get any worse. There has to be a sane middle ground to isolationists and world police.

Cindy Munford on August 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I don’t think this Jazz dummy even knows who Peter King is.If he does, he’s not dumb, he’s a Dimplant.

rik on August 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

You may be very serious,Mr. King.It’s the rest of us laughing our butts off.

redware on August 11, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Peter King (R-Armagh).

1921 C DRUM on August 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Like most New York politicians, King has no concept of life west of the Hudson, so let’s hope his exploration is a short one.

virgo on August 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM

How about headlock-Filner running as an R in 2016 with Weiner as his running mate? Makes as much sense as P King.

racquetballer on August 11, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Peter! No. Hell, no.

BetseyRoss on August 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Are you new here?

Jazz Shaw on August 11, 2013 at 5:57 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on August 11, 2013 at 6:42 PM

This is not a game I’m playing, I’m serious…

Yes, it is. And no, you’re not. Clown.

Jaibones on August 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

He should run. Run and split off votes from Christie or any other northeastern Rockefellerian. He sure won’t divide the conservatives.

AH_C on August 11, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Peter King, never; Steve King, maybe.

FloatingRock on August 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

President King???? yeah, right.

JimK on August 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I think he needs to write another scary book first. Oh, wait…

viking01 on August 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Christie, King, and Bloomberg..the trifecta of northeast Yankee Republicans.

SouthernGent on August 11, 2013 at 7:45 PM

President King???? yeah, right.

JimK on August 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM

I think we already have a preezy king or does Barky want to be called tribal leader now?

viking01 on August 11, 2013 at 7:50 PM

I’m totally serious about voting against your RINO a** in the primaries, you twit!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM

King didn’t make his bones on so-con issues, but was always big on cutting taxes and spending.

Yeah? When was that? Never when he was my Congressman (his district was just gerrymandered and no longer includes my town…not that we’d know the difference). Always just used police and fire as a footstool to prop up his profile and shift other people’s money into his war chest. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme.

fitzfong on August 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

he loves big government.
won’t vote for him, will write someone in if needed.

dmacleo on August 11, 2013 at 8:17 PM

This idiot is useful for splitting the neocon statist vote. I hope he runs.

EddieC on August 11, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Maybe he can get Colon Pal to run with him. Hows Peter “n” Colon sound??

rik on August 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Both he and Christie, neither of which have the remotest shot at winning it, are being pushed out there by Jeb Bush.

The Bush Family has been trying to create the perception of a rift in the GOP base- “radical” Tea Party and Libertarians personified by Rand Paul on one side, and the Big Government RINOS like Christie and King on the other.

Into the breach will step Jeb of course, offering the ties that bind, holding it all together. It’s all been planned for some time now.

sartana on August 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM

You got it wrong. King, Jeb and Christie will all run because of a brilliant strategery by the Tea Party to split the moderate/establishment/RINO vote so a true conservative can win. When you see the return of Jon Huntsman just know that it’s all a part of the plan.

alchemist19 on August 11, 2013 at 8:59 PM

The only thing you need to know about Peter King is that he was one of only FOUR REPUBES in the Senate, to NOT vote B.J.Clinton out of office.

Whiterock on August 11, 2013 at 9:04 PM

P.S.
Are you listening Marcos Rubio?

Whiterock on August 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

If there are 8 Republicans who I’d never be able to bring myself to vote for in a presidential race, 7 of them are being mentioned as the top contenders. We just need Lindsey Graham to jump in to complete my list.

Buddahpundit on August 11, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Ridiculous.

Pork-Chop on August 11, 2013 at 9:21 PM

We conservatives are idiots and are being played. The republicans divide up our vote with multiple candidates taking our 60% into three 20′s while their guy glides by with 30% winning primary after primary until we conservatives finally make a choice but its too late our guy/guys are to far behind to win.

WAKE UP. WE NEED TO SETTLE WITH ONE LEAD VERY EARLY ON. I would say before the first primary vote we should be settled with one guy and the others all should step back for the cause. Then we can walk the dog on the repub choice get elected and get some real things DONE. Roll some of this pansy liberal garbage not just slowed but finally rolled back for once.

C-Low on August 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

is there something in the water up there? A snowballs chance in hell, congressman. Stay in your district and keep your big mouth shut and you will earn my respect.

Fuquay Steve on August 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

C-Low on August 11, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Right on. I’ve been suggesting something like an early Tea Party convention or conservative convention where conservatives choose their candidate and give the Republicans an opportunity to follow up and nominate this candidate. All the nominees would have to pledge to abide by the results and not challenge the conservative nominee in the Republican primaries.

Would have to work out the important detail of who gets to vote. Create a conservative super delegate list, perhaps. You wouldn’t want just anyone voting.

Buddahpundit on August 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

All the nominees candidates would have to pledge to abide by the results and not challenge the conservative nominee in the Republican primaries.

Buddahpundit on August 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Meant.

Buddahpundit on August 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM

‘Pallying with terrorist’s’
King,when visiting Northern Ireland stayed with the IRA Quatermaster who was responsible for getting weapon’s from Libya.
McKevitt is now serving a life sentence for directing terrorism

King condemned as “irresponsible” congressional hearings investigating links between the IRA and the Colombian terrorist-group FARC.
King claimed that the hearings were rigged and subject to a “pre-ordained agenda” despite ample evidence demonstrating that the IRA was offering bomb-making and explosives training to the FARC.

Judges in Belfast threw him out of court as an obvious collaborator with the terrorist’s
The Irish Government refused to attend a St Patrick’s Day parade because King was leading it

Would he even be in a position to run to be U.S President if you swapped the word I.R.A with Hamas?

mags on August 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM

…is Jazz a drinker?

KOOLAID2 on August 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

If he’s not, then his inner-Lib has been surfacing in his last few posts.

King is a RINO who tries to sound tough on security, but he defends the NSA spying on us. There are so many things that this establishment freak is bad on that we shouldn’t waste time on considering him.

Sporty1946 on August 12, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Dem. operative. To do the things Huntsman would have done had there been a need. There wasn’t.
Unlike Weiner serving as a foil, diverting attention to the painfully obvious direct connect between his wife being a princess/operative of the muslim brotherhood and, well hell the white house administration’s adoption of anything Islamic and dangerous to this country.

onomo on August 12, 2013 at 8:56 AM

If the IRA gets to vote, watch out.

Glenn Greenwald, watch out.

Akzed on August 12, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I hope Pence gets in.

Fleuries on August 12, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I don’t know about everywhere else, but around these parts we call a New York Republican a Democrat,a new York Democrat is indicted.

yesiamapirate on August 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM