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Peter King says Ted Cruz conservatives want to 'hijack' GOP

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Photo -   In this Spet. 30, 2013, photo, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., walks towards the House Chamber on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The Republican Party’s two Kings in Congress both voted against GOP leaders’ latest effort to prevent President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul from becoming entrenched, but for opposite reasons. Peter King says it was a mistake to link curbing “Obamacare” with averting a government shutdown. Iowa congressman Steve King characterizes Boehner’s measure to delay making millions of people buy health insurance for year as a retreat from defunding the new health care law entirely. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
In this Spet. 30, 2013, photo, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., walks towards the House Chamber on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The Republican Party’s two Kings in Congress both voted against GOP leaders’ latest effort to prevent President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul from becoming entrenched, but for opposite reasons. Peter King says it was a mistake to link curbing “Obamacare” with averting a government shutdown. Iowa congressman Steve King characterizes Boehner’s measure to delay making millions of people buy health insurance for year as a retreat from defunding the new health care law entirely. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Peter King is charging that tea party-backed members of the House Republican Caucus are trying to "hijack the party."

The New York Republican says he senses that increasing numbers of House Republicans — perhaps as many as a hundred — are growing weary of "the Ted Cruz wing of the party."

King, who calls himself a "blue-collar conservative," tells MSNBC there are meetings among Republican lawmakers Wednesday with the aim of resolving the stalemate that has forced a partial government shutdown, saying many rank and file Republicans are "tired of this policy."

He also chided President Barack Obama for standing down from the fight, saying he couldn't imagine presidents like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan adopting such a stance during a governmentalb crisis.

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