Rep. Peter King (R-NY) wants everyone to know he is seriously thinking about running for President in 2016. He has been making the rounds with the media to press the case for his possible candidacy. The reason King is thinking about a run is that he is concerned the party is straying too far from its pro-interventionist dogma. From ABC News:
“I’m going to certainly give it thought. I’m going to see where it goes,” King said during an interview with ABC News today. “My concern right now is I don’t see anyone at the national level speaking enough on, to me, what’s important – national security, homeland security, counterterrorism.” […]
“I would hope that our party is not defined by Rand Paul and Ted Cruz,” King said, taking aim at conservative Republican senators from Kentucky and Texas, respectively. “I’m not crazy about Rand Paul and Ted Cruz. But on the other hand, you know, guys like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, I have a lot of regard for.
After five years the Republican party was almost starting to free itself from the stink of George W. Bush’s disastrous foreign policy and King is going to fight to make sure that doesn’t happen. King is determined to pull the party in a more pro-war direction. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, King seems convinced that the winning message for the GOP in 2016 is “another decade in Afghanistan.”
In 2016 Republicans should be a strong favorite to take back the White House after eight years of Democratic control, but as we have seen in 2010 and 2012, the greatest liability for the Republican party is the actual Republicans who try to run for the big offices.
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