King: Terror Threat More Dangerous Than Ever Before

Potential presidential candidate helps New Hampshire Republicans raise money in Concord.

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-NY, in Concord on Dec. 16, 2013. Credit: Tony Schinella
U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-NY, in Concord on Dec. 16, 2013. Credit: Tony Schinella

U.S. Rep. Peter King was in Concord on Dec. 16, helping Republicans raise money to take back the Legislature next year. 

The potential 2016 presidential candidate, who has been in the state a few times in the last year, told attendees it was a great opportunity to meet with activists in the party.

King said he believed Republicans would hold the House in 2014 and said the focus should be on the U.S. Senate in an effort to hold the line on the president’s agenda. He expressed disappointment in President Barack Obama “for constantly apologizing for American power” and stated that he “wasn’t telling the truth” on issues like the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

“The plan itself is bad enough,” he said. “The program itself is bad enough. But to have a president mislead the American people the way he did is absolutely inexcusable.”

But to combat the president and Democrats, who are very organized, he noted, Republicans needed to win in the lower races, which is why King agreed to speak at the fundraiser. If legislative candidates in New Hampshire could win back the House and hold onto the state Senate, “that would send a message everywhere, going into a presidential election,” he said.

King called on Republicans to “reconnect” with the “rank-and-file people,” noting that “the media and the so-called elites” would not be supporting Republicans in the future.

“We have to not be afraid to take tough positions,” he said, “and not go out of our way to start trouble … we have to do what we have to do. We have to reconnect with the American people.”

King said Republicans needed to promote holding the line on taxes, being fiscally responsible, and standing by the military and being prepared. He also said veterans and returning service men and woman needed to be ensured that they would get the care they were entitled to and deserved.

King, who sits on both the Homeland Security and Intelligence committees, said the United States was, “in many ways,” in graver danger to terrorist threats than before Sept. 11. He said Al Qaida had “morphed and metastasized and we have now have eight or nine different components around the world” as well as “lone wolves” in the United States who are part of the international movement to target this country. Since Sept. 11, 15 attacks have been stopped in New York alone, he said.

“I see the threats from the inside out and the outside in,” he said of his work on the committees, “and this is a constant level of danger we are at.”

On the budget, King said the government needed to stay open and Republicans needed to keep from being “sidetracked.” Instead, he suggested fighting for conservative principles, “as hard as we can.” King also praised U.S. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, for all her work in the Senate.

King also announced the formation of a new political action committee called American Leadership Now, to promote Republican leadership and to “undo the damage we’ve endured during the years of the Obama Administration.”

Before his talk with Republicans, King said he was enjoying his trips to the state and if he decides to run for the Republican nomination for president, he would make a formal announcement in 12 to 18 months.

When asked what made him different than every other Representative to Congress who has been unable to make the jump to the White House, King said his work on keeping the nation safe, appearances on cable television, which has allowed him to connect with millions of Americans directly, would help. He added that coming from a diverse Congressional district and being able to build coalitions with social conservatives, organized labor, and minorities, as he had done in his House races, would assist him in winning.

wakeupsheep December 17, 2013 at 06:51 AM
NH needs to start voting republican and putting more effort into who they vote for. Shaheen has ruined NH in so many ways, and her votes in the Senate are all bad for our state and country. All votes need to away from the democratic party or we are ruined.
susanthe December 17, 2013 at 11:29 AM
How droll that we get to read the paranoid terrorist fantasies of Peter King, while here at home the NH media is still ignoring the threats of armed insurrection made by GOP State Rep. JR Hoell.
Haleys Hounds December 17, 2013 at 04:02 PM
"....hold the line on the president’s agenda..." Nov 2008 Stock market 6,700, today its over 16,000, Nov 2008 Personal 401K'sdecimated by up to 65%, Nov 2008 Home values devalued by up to 50%, Nov 2008 record home foreclosure sweep across our country, So Tell me, with all those tpartyers running on all those NON EXISTENT JOB BILLS, seems like that calm AA from Hawaii and his Administration single handily saved our nation from the greatest recession in History, without the help from the "Our only Goal is for a 1 Term President" Obstructing Republicans!!!!!!!
jpf2361 December 17, 2013 at 05:48 PM
How many of the MILLIONS of UNEMPLOYED legal citizens still have ANY MONEY left in their 401K's? It's nice that the stock market has increased but what will happen to the Market once the Federal Reserve raises interest rates???


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