Peter King: 'I’m running for president'

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is running for president.

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

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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 has previously expressed an interest in running for president, though Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have had their doubts about his seriousness.

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.

However, he has also sparred with Republican leaders on gun control and emergency aid after Hurricane Sandy.

He is likely to garner less name recognition than more notable possible Republican presidential contenders including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: Fight night Google backs Obama's internet transition plan Steve King asks: Will Clinton be ‘on her meds or off her meds’ for debate? MORE (Texas), Marco RubioMarco RubioGlenn Beck: I was wrong about Ted Cruz Senate rivals gear up for debates Rubio: End of Obama's term could be 'most damaging yet' MORE (Fla.) and Rand PaulRand PaulConservative group presses GOP to vote against spending bill Saudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Senators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales MORE (Ky.)