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.