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Republicans Go After Ted Cruz And Rand Paul

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" Republican Rep. Peter King discussed Sen. Ted Cruz by saying, "We have very, very complex issues facing the country today, and he goes out of his way to oversimplify. Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn't carry out an intelligent debate. He oversimplifies, he exaggerates ... he doesn't provide leadership and he has no real experience."

King is considering his own campaign for the White House. He also talked about another potential presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, by stating, "His views would basically remove the U.S. from having a real role to play in the world, and his mindset -- when you look at things he's said over the years, in effect blaming the United States for problems around the world, somehow that it's our fault. To me that's a bad mindset for the commander-in-chief of the United States to be going into office with." Yet, King did talk about potential candidates he could support such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. King went on to say, "We have a lot of talent out there. I just don't see Ted Cruz and Rand Paul being part of that talent pool."

King isn't doing much to hide his feelings about Paul and Cruz. When Cruz announced that he was running for president in 2016, King issued a statement that reads, "Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world." On Monday, while speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham also responded to a question regarding how President Cruz might handle a nuclear crisis saying, "Ted with nukes, Ted with nukes, let's see ...I dunno what Ted would do, but he should come up here and answer these questions, don't you think?"

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