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King: On Security Policy, GOP Freshmen Have ‘Same Mindset’

Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, tells National Review Online that the 87-strong class of Republican freshmen is not only hawkish on fiscal issues, but on the national-security front, too. “I believe they have the same mindset that I have, that [Rep. Dan] Lungren has, that others have,” he says.

“The ones who have reached out to me, and those assigned to the committee, all seem to share my beliefs: totally aggressive against terrorism, recognizing that it’s a real threat to the country, and that threats will always be with us,” King says.

To reach out to the newcomers, King has tapped first-term Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican and former U.S. attorney from the Philadelphia suburbs, to be subcommittee chairman.

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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