New York Rep. Pete King (R) on Tuesday offered his harshest words yet for Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSinger Leon Bridges to join Willie Nelson in performing at O’Rourke rally Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Poll: Beto O'Rourke leads Cruz by 2 points in Texas Senate race 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 TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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 RubioRubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' For Poland, a time for justice Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh 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."