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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.
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
I THINK THEY MAY BE STARTING TO FEEL THE HEAT, THERE IS NO LIGHT AT THE END OF THEIR TUNNEL. PAY UP TIME IS COMING !
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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