Pete King Tells Ted Cruz: ‘Keep Quiet’

U.S. Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y. speaks at an outdoor barbecue at the home of Don Rowan, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 in Wakefield, N.H. King is considering running for president in 2016.
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In a day marked by the clash between House Republicans and Sen. Ted Cruz over defunding Obamacare, Rep. Pete King (R-NY) had another message for the Texas senator: Mind your own business.

“We as House Republicans should stop letting Ted Cruz set our agenda for us,” King said on CNN. “He should stay in the Senate, keep quiet. If he can deliver on this, fine. If he can’t, he should keep quiet from now on and we shouldn’t listen to him.”

King’s remarks reflected a widely held sentiment among House Republicans about how Cruz and others have pressured the lower chamber to pass a government spending bill that defunds Obamacare. King told CNN that that strategy was still destined to fail.

“I would just say if anything good comes from all of this, when Ted Cruz and Rand Paul or Mike Lee fail in the Senate next week, maybe finally we Republicans will have ended their influence,” King said.

Elsewhere, a House GOP aide told National Review Online that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi “is more well-liked” than Cruz.

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