Republicans can’t allow the primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to open the door for the “Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over” the GOP, Rep. Peter King said.
Cantor’s defeat in Virginia’s Republican primary Tuesday to economics professor Dave Brat sent shock waves through political circles. Brat walked away with the primary win with 55.5 percent of the vote to Cantor’s 45.5 percent. Polls leading into the election showed Cantor with a healthy lead over Brat.
King told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the approach of fellow Republican Sen. Cruz of Texas tarnished the party’s brand when he led the shutdown of the government in October. King said the “overwhelming majority of the country” thought lawmakers were “crazy” and “irresponsible” to have allowed it to happen.
King warned that the politics of the more conservative GOP party members such as Cruz and Sen. Paul of Kentucky would be detrimental to the GOP because he claimed they did not represent conservative views.