New York Rep. Pete King (R) on Tuesday offered his harshest words yet for Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week 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.
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 TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA 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 RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' 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."