King: 'The Republicans Should Not Have Started This'

The President has to show leadership and get everyone into the room, says Rep. Peter King, R-NY.

Rep. Peter King, R-NY
Rep. Peter King, R-NY
There was little chewing of the fat at Monday's "Politics and Eggs" event, featuring Rep. Peter King, R-NY.

King cut right to the chase, saying the government shut down should never have happened, and laid blame on some of his fellow Republicans in Washington, D.C.

"The Republicans should not have started this," King said. 

"That said, it is what it is and the President has an absolute obligation ... to end this." 

King went to to say that has to come from the top, and that it's all about leadership – and that other past presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, would have gotten it done.

"He's got to get people in behind closed doors and make it happen, find out what Republicans need and what to hold over them, they find out what he needs, and that's what negotiation's all about,' King said, “Whether you call it negotiations or head banging or whatever it's going to be, you've got to get it over with, whatever it takes"

The event at the Bedford Village Inn is a joint venture by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and the New England Council, and often features those expected to make a move toward the White House in upcoming elections.

King is on that short list. See what he said when asked if he will be a contender in 2016.
Joe Peters October 07, 2013 at 02:09 PM
The president cant end this shutdown. Only Congress can do it. But Boehnor wont allow a vote in the House to end the shutdown. You want this to end? Put the Senate's clean bill up for a vote. It would pass and the shutdown will end. But Boehnor wont do that.....yet, and Obama has nothing to do with that. That's on Congress. A President cant "make" Congress do anything. He's not their boss.
T.R. October 07, 2013 at 05:42 PM
As a member of the house, YOU have the ability to force Boehner to call for an up and down vote. Quit trying to pass the buck to the President, or the Senate, or the dog catcher. Do you not know your own civics lessons? If the GOP "should not have started this," then grow some, pull together with like minded HR members and force the speaker to hold the vote. Use your brain and not your mouth so much.
Dave October 07, 2013 at 05:50 PM
The Teabaggers campaigned on closing down the government, they have succeeded, no one should be surprised. They are happy, giddy, if you listen to Michele Bachmann. The freshman baggers are of a dumbed down, been in Congress 10 minutes and don't know what the F#$k they are doing, and it is destroying the country. Boehner need to grow some cojones, and do his job.
Rick Badman October 07, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Around 160 years ago, a radical new party was established to fight slavery which was the law. It was the Republican Party and the Whig Party was on its way out. The Tea Party is like what the Republican Party was and too many Republicans are like the Whigs. In the future, will people like King be considered hindrances for the likes of Ted Cruz who wanted to spare America the disaster Obamacare will be in the future. Remember, Obama won't be satisfied until this nation becomes an OBAMANATION.
Roger Womack October 07, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Lost all respect for King please retire !
gary white October 07, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Start by taking $1000.00 a day out of congress`s check until they start doing their job! Change obamacare to bushcare and Boehner will love it!
Barbara Wizner October 07, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Mr. King its a little late to decide the Republicans should have kept their mouths shut. You've stuck with the situation and there is only one sure thing. Ted Cruz will claim he is not at fault.
Apljak October 07, 2013 at 08:46 PM
I don't have any respect for this moderate Republican who is just worried about maintaining the status quo and could care less about doing the right thing! Hopefully he will come to his senses should the simple up or down vote be presented. Republicans have to show their strength to put an end to this irresponsible budget approach as well as Obama's blatant disregard for equality for all Americans. Let's return to a 225 year history of proper appropriations in the budget and put everyone back into the Obamacare pool--no exceptions for his cronies!! If it is so good, everyone should be a part of it, even someone named Obama!
Rusty Inman October 07, 2013 at 09:36 PM
While King is right that the GOP/Tea Party started this, he is wrong about who should stop it. It's harmful to this country. They started it. They should stop it. Asking the president to stop what a bunch of fools started is a bit disingenuous. Furthermore, the president should not give an inch on GOP/Tea Party demands---he made a big mistake when he did so during the last debt-ceiling crisis. Hopefully there's some steel in his spine and he'll not negotiate at all over either the shutdown or the debt-ceiling. Doing so on either one just sets a precedent which will lead other small minorities to hold the country hostage per their demands in the future. If you can't get what you want through the legislative process, then get more legislators of your stripe elected. That's the way this country works.
NH Labor News October 08, 2013 at 09:52 AM
1) Rep King can blame anyone he wants as long as he includes HIMSELF in the blame. He voted for every bill to defund the ACA knowing full well it would not pass and the government would shut down because of it. 2) The President has negotiated and stated his demands. He is not looking for a policy change like the GOP Leaders in the House, he just wants to re-open the Government and put the 800,000+ people back to work. 3) The only thing keeping the Government closed is the GOP Leadership in the House. If Boehner called for a vote on a 'Clean CR' it would pass. Pretty much everyone knows that. More than the 21 Republicans needed (with all House Dems) have already stated they would vote for a clean CR if it came up, just to reopen the government. I blame Steve King and all of his GOP Brothers and Sisters in the House who decided to shut the government down if they did not get their way.
Mike Wanta October 08, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Look at the mans voting record. He is a RINO. It would be more responsible if there were a D behind his name.
kris zielinski October 08, 2013 at 06:29 PM
this whole thing is on the republicans. all of it.. every bit. you do not negotiate with terrorists.. there is nothing to negotiate anyway. it is like saying..what do you nwant.. your wife raped..or your daughter. or maybe your mom..or neice.. no..i want none of it. i will not negotiate to save the face of the right that started this crap. they have palanned this for a long time. it just did not work out as they planned. oh well. maybe they will stop being morons now. though i doubt it as long as they elect teabaggers..
Bob Arnold October 08, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Is Peter King asking the President to call in the 17+ Republicans willing to abandon their party to end the government shutdown and avoid default and negotiate with them? That might not be such a bad idea. In the past, we've had Republican-Dixiecrat coalitions. Why not a Democrat-Easternuplican coalition?
Reginald Bronner October 09, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Reginald Bronner "Tom McClintock is a paid (excessive campaign donations) representative and lobbyist for water and developer interests in the Central Valley and Southern California. He can afford to successfully run for his costly (multimillion dollar) congressional seat. He is also allowed to own his own private agenda - Tea Party manipulator - and populist issues (consider "defunding Obamacare", etc.) and give them free rein. He may or may not reside in his district. does anyone really know? He is the modern "gerrymandered Republican legislator"; a blight on California politics and a survivor of the last redistricting negotiations between the Democrats and the Republicans. . It is not an unknown phenomenon; there are others in California. He has never represented anyone other than his own "class" and he never will. Sending him letters has always been a waste of time. Somehow you have to get the over 55 crowd to understand the true reality about "their" representative. He likes their votes; he does not like them. He can raise enough "dark money" to afford to not care what they think. He shares the responsibility with the other "do-nothing" Republicans of having closed down the government to prove an ideological point and is proud of that fact. And, he does not care if you like it or not because he knows that you just "don't get it".
beetle1a October 09, 2013 at 08:57 AM
The baggers don't want a resolution to the budget dispute. They don't want a resolution to the debt. They figure that if we default, no one will lend us the money to fund government so we would have to live on less. They don't care how many people get hurt along the way.
David Lentz October 09, 2013 at 10:41 AM
I give Peter King a great deal of credit for being the voice of reason and the adult in the room for the Republicans. If this impasse is to be resolved prior to October 17, it will be through the unselfish efforts of statesmen like him. Usually, the curators of the National Museum of Egomania which is our Congress, one can depend upon them to take the most disappointing possible option. Let's hope that other people like Peter King are not so immersed in their aspirations to grow PAC money that they will work together to preserve the Republic.
DON BROOMALL October 09, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Ray Guarino October 09, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Congress' approval rating now at 5 percent. How low can you go?
William Keller October 09, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Peter King is alot like the President, he thinks he knows everything.... 37% of the deficit has been run up by a man who said deficit spending is a sign of failure.... Pete you are over you have been in DC too long....
Apljak October 10, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Best to let the partial shutdown continue and let the fallout from the arbitrary closings aka "optics" finally expose the president for the Malfeasant that he is!


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