Pete King: Running for president would allow me to counter Cruz and Paul

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Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said if he runs for president in 2016, it would give him a megaphone to counter claims made by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

In an interview with The Hill, King said he hasn't made up his mind on whether to launch a bid, saying he won't make a decision for at least a year.

A King bid for the White House would be a long shot, but the New York lawmaker says it would provide him an opportunity to "counter the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls."

King has ripped the GOP senators' positions on foreign policy and defunding ObamaCare as part of the current fiscal showdown.

The 11-term legislator said he has never met Cruz and indicated it was doubtful he could ever vote for the Texas senator.