The OTHER Congressman King won’t rule out run for president


May 18th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Congressman Peter King, (R), NY

Congressman Steve King, (R), IA

The OTHER U.S. Congressman King isn’t ruling out the idea he could be persuaded to run for president. Congressman PETER King — a Republican from Long Island, New York — sent an email to constituents, saying some of his supporters think he should run for president. King told C-N-N he’s not going to say “no” to the idea, which he says came from Nassau County, New York Republicans.

“It’s the most powerful Republican organization in the country,” King said of the Long Island-based group. “If they want to pursue it and see what happens. I don’t expect it to lead it anywhere, but I’ll leave that up to them.” So-called “draft” movements are often formed as a prelude to a candidate announcing he or she is running for office, but the New Yorker says he’s “focused” on running for reelection to the U.S. House.

“Right now I have no plans to go to Iowa or New Hampshire,” King said during an interview on CNN. Iowa Congressman Steve King publicly toyed with the idea of running for president over the past couple of years, but has seemed to settle on the role of King-maker this year. King hosted a forum in February for five potential G-O-P candidates.

(Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)