Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) has ruled out a 2016 White House bid, he announced Wednesday.
"It's just not in the cards. I don't want to be taking up other people's time," King said on CNN's "Wolf," noting his position on the House Homeland Security and Intelligence committees.
King, known for his hawkish views on national security, also said he was exploring a presidential bid out of concern GOP Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment Masks and vaccines: What price freedom? MORE (Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Memo: Like the dress or not, Ocasio-Cortez is driving the conversation again Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar MORE (Texas) were "monopolizing the airwaves."
"There are candidates in the race raising national defense issues," he added.
King said he has paid many trips to the early voting state of New Hampshire recently and said back in May that the odds were "50-50" that he would enter the extremely crowded GOP field.
He has not yet endorsed any Republicans but said on CNN he was "leaning toward" former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former New York Gov. George Pataki, among others.