Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who is among the biggest war hawks in Washington, recently told a New Hampshire radio station that he’s running for president, becoming the first Republican to announce for 2016:
In a radio interview this week, the Republican lawmaker told a New Hampshire station that he was in the state “because right now I’m running for president,” according to The New York Daily News.
The visit was King’s second of four trips to the traditional home of the nation’s first presidential primary.
The announcement makes King the first Republican to officially declare their intentions to run for president in 2016.
King is serving his 11th term in the house. Over the years he has been a vocal member of his party at times, especially on foreign policy issues.
King has been very critical of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and others in the Republican Party who have expressed a cautious approach to foreign policy, frequently labeling them as ”isolationists,” which is intended to be a pejorative; though the word has lost its meaning because it has become so overused.
Those who King labels as “isolationists” aren’t isolationists at all. Paul, who is a free trader, has explained that he is a realist when it comes to foreign policy, recognizing that America has enemies, but also acknowledging the “landscape of the world as it is…not as we wish it to be.” Paul has offered a “middle path” on foreign policy, one that is “reluctant [and] restrained by Constitutional checks and balances but does not appease” our enemies.
Needless to say, Paul isn’t an isolationist.
King has also aligned himself among those in the Republican Party who want to trade away civil liberties for security. He’s defended the NSA’s spying on Americans, claiming that the programs are needed to protect Americans from the threat of terrorism.
Interestingly, King has said nice things about terrorists in the past. In 1982, the New York Republican praised “those brave men and women” fighting against “British imperialism in the streets of Belfast and Derry,” a reference to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), a nationalist group that for years used terrorism and the deaths of innocents as a tool to advance its cause.
King, of course, doesn’t accept the comparisons between Irish nationalist terrorists and Islamic terrorists.
His frightening pro-war, pro-terrorism leanings aside, King has also been terrible on fiscal issues, voting for bloat budgets, farm bills, and the TARP and automaker bailouts. He has a lifetime score of 57% from FreedomWorks, 55% from the Club for Growth, and 66% from Americans for Prosperity.
In the last Congress, King proposed a net-spending increase of $272.9 billion since the 107th Congress began in 2001.
King has launched a quixotic quest and he may well wind up embarrassing himself and his party as he goes down this road as his big government, pro-terrorist record comes to light.