Republican Pete King, Favorite of Liberal Media, Seeks 'Adult Supervision' From Senate

By Susan Jones | October 16, 2013 | 6:07am EDT

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) (AP File Photo)

( - Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, has become a favorite of liberal media outlets for his harsh criticism of his own party.

On Tuesday, King appeared on CNN, blasting his fellow Republican Ted Cruz as "a total fraud" and demanding that the House pass a clean stopgap funding bill to end the government shutdown.

"The game is over," King told Anderson Cooper Tuesday night. "We have to get this done. And John Boehner has tried everything he can and there are just some people in our party that, no matter what he tries to do, they won't go along. So hopefully we'll get some adult supervision from the Senate or something will happen. But we're talking about a real disaster coming up," he said, referring to the Oct. 17 debt limit deadline.

King said he will support whatever Senate deal reaches the House. "If it comes to a vote on the House floor, you can probably get all the Democrats and certainly enough Republicans to get it through."

King called it "madness" for Republicans to follow Ted Cruz: "It was absolute madness to be saying we're going to shut down the government, to defund Obamacare. It never made sense and now we're -- we're down to, apparently he's trying to pass a C.R. (continuing resolution) and take away health insurance from the congressional employees. That's why we shut the government for. It makes no sense."

House Republican leaders on Tuesday made repeated calls for "fairness" and rejected special treatment under Obamacare for members of Congress. They insist that the President and his political appointees should be required to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges without taxpayer-funded subsidies.

King said he's never seen anything like what's happening in Washington right now. "Nothing this bad," he said.

The 1995 government shutdown was over two competing budgets, King said: "It was a real philosophical difference and both sides were negotiating throughout. This is just -- we shut down the government, which is really a dramatic thing to do, for a goal that we never had a chance of obtaining based on one guy from Texas who somehow convinced 40 House members that this was a crusade they had to carry out."

According to King, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) "is a total fraud from the start," and his call to defund Obamacare "never could have succeeded. I can't imagine going into battle knowing you can't win and yet continuing to tell your people you are winning. It's just -- it's like a never-never land. Parallel universes, whatever you want to call it."

King repeated his prediction -- made earlier on another liberal network -- that Cruz will try to "rewrite history" in the months ahead by accusing Republicans of surrendering: "He's going to say we were on the verge of winning back in October and Republicans panicked, they quit so soon...I can just see that nonsense coming from him that we have to really go out of our way to target him now and show that he's a false prophet and a phony."

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