New York Rep. Pete King (R) on Tuesday offered his harshest words yet for Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE, slamming the Texas senator on the day of his state's primary.

"Well, first of all, in case anybody gets confused, I'm not endorsing Ted Cruz, I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I'll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination," King said to open his appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," prompting a mixture of laughs and mild exclamations from co-hosts.
 
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The Republican has previously said that he'd "never" vote for Cruz and that New Yorkers considering it "should have their head examined."
 
"I think you are going to see Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE scoring a big victory tonight," King predicted Tuesday. "I have not endorsed Donald Trump. In fact, I actually voted by absentee ballot for John Kasich. I'm not endorsing John, but I voted for him to really send a message."
 
MSNBC host Chuck Todd pressed the lawmaker about his hedging on endorsing a candidate, asking, "What is the fear, what is your fear? Why won't you endorse John Kasich?"  
 
"It's not a fear. I endorsed Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE, and he lost, and I stopped," King said. "If I thought that John Kasich had a viable chance, I'd come out and endorse him."
 
King acknowledged the GOP race may move toward a contested convention in July but said that the "likelihood" was Trump would secure the nomination, suggesting Kasich "would be a good choice for vice president."