On CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Representative Peter King (R., N.Y.) wasn’t shy about criticizing his Republican colleagues. He told host Candy Crowley that he found it “absolutely disgraceful” that so many House Republicans voted last week to curtail the NSA’s surveillance powers.
“This is an isolationist streak that’s in our party, it goes totally against the party of Eisenhower and Reagan, Bush,” he said. “I mean, we are a party of national defense. We are a party that did so much to protect the country over the last twelve years.”
He continued with sharp criticism of Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.):
“When you have Rand Paul actually comparing Snowden to Martin Luther King or Henry David Thoreau, this is madness,” he said. “This is the anti-war left-wing Democrats of the 1960’s that nominated George McGovern and destroyed their party for almost 20 years. I don’t want that happening to our party.”
King recently said he’s considering a 2016 presidential bid. “It’s an opportunity to speak out on national-security and defense issues,” he told Politicker.
And he’s not the only Northeastern Republican to come out swinging against Senator Paul. New Jersey governor Chris Christie made headlines last week when he suggested that libertarian-leaning Republicans should explain themselves to those widowed and orphaned in the September 11 attacks.