NY Rep. Peter King mulling 2016 presidential bid: report
Rep. Peter King has not ruled out running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.
King, who represents parts of Long Island, is being urged by friends to seek the ticket and seems to be mulling the possibility, according to Newsmax.
“I saw Peter last week and he certainly didn’t rule [a presidential run] out,” one source close to King told Newsmax. “A lot of folks are telling him to do it and he sure acts interested.”
King, the past chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has been a vocal national security advocate and is in his 11th term.
Former federal judge Michael Mukasey told Newsmax it would be a “great thing” if King ran.
“At a time when terrorism poses a greater danger than ever to our country, Peter has a terrific background in this area and a superb background in legislative affairs,” said Mukasey, who served as U.S. attorney general under George W. Bush. “He’s a great leader, and I would applaud his running.”
If elected in 2016, King would be the first candidate to successfully go from the House of Representatives to the White House in more than 130 years.
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