GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rep. Peter King is leaving the door open for a possible presidential bid.

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King represents a congressional district on Long Island. His national profile has soared as head of the House Homeland Security panel.

King says he’s taking a wait-and-see approach to a suggestion by a powerful hometown Republican that he run for president.

“I guess anything can happen but right now I’m just focusing on getting reelected to Congress,” King told 1010 WINS on Wednesday. “What happens with any presidential run right now that’s in the hands of the Nassau Republican Party and we’ll see where it goes.”

Joseph Mondello, the longtime chairman of the Nassau County Republican Committee — once considered among the most powerful GOP organizations in the country — drew widespread applause from 1,100 fellow Long Island Republicans at a dinner Tuesday night when he suggested King consider a candidacy.

“It’s a great honor to be a favorite son of the Nassau County Republican organization,” King said.

Joseph Mondello says King doesn’t speak from a pollster’s cue card. He says King also understands the national debt and the war on terror.

“Should he decide to run I would have no difficulty whatsoever in supporting Peter King — a man of courage, character and integrity,” Mondello told 1010 WINS.

King, 67, held hearings earlier this year on what he termed the radicalization of homegrown Islamic terrorists in America. He is serving his 10th term in Congress and, despite being a favorite of conservative groups, has also worked to build bi-partisan relationships with political foes. He has easily won re-election from his suburban Long Island district.

He has become a leader in advocating for more anti-terrorism funding for New York City and noted he was having dinner with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a former Democrat and Republican who is now an independent, when he learned of the county chairman’s comments Tuesday night. He also has supported Long Island Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy on some of her gun-control initiatives and was one of only two New York Republicans to vote against impeaching President Clinton.

King said his office receives 15 to 20 telephone calls or e-mails each week from constituents and others urging him to run for president.

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Comments (24)
  1. jerry says:

    Yes. We need someone in office who can bring pride back to the US.We don’t need begging for forgiveness from countries that hate us.

  2. Dale Auburn says:

    Whether Peter King runs for President is NOT his decision.

    The Republican Party has ALREADY chosen its 2012 candidates for President and Vice President. We mere mortals are merely waiting for the taxpayer-funded FAKE campaigns and the taxpayer-funded FAKE “nominating” convention to be over so we can know what has already been decided.

  3. littlestar says:

    Steven – ” A little soul searching ” ? ? ? What was the unapposed, loud, unashamed, direct, aimed, convicted agenda of a Muslim Convention Of,I don’t know what… Men callinng for the destruction of the USA, oh yes a jihad. That’s it. In 1998 at the Javits convention center. No one took notice of this. The FBI didn’t care either. This remains. It is still here. Survalance is paramount. Why do you call this man an idiot, still ?

    1. Dale Auburn says:

      He doesn’t need to search his soul – just his mailbox. If the Party orders him to run, then he WILL run and he WILL like it.

      1. marx engels says:

        yep, that’s Nazi / Nassau County for you – Mondello, Mangano, Margiotta, and the rest of the brownshirt fascistas – just make sure there is plenty of money for coliseums and casinos

    2. Steve says:

      Yes – you raise a good piont there.
      In that regard, however, with the exception of the extremely ugly 9/11, the greatest terror attack on American soil was thanks to Timothy McVeigh.

      By your same logic, why did Peter King hold that dramatic hearing on Muslims, yet he didn’t profile ALL young, caucasian ex-military personnel? In my view, both (did/would) reflect some stupidity.

      1. littlestar says:

        How dare you mention McVeigh- the freak- in the same sentence as these terrorists, forgien and domestic. They are part of a hudge anti west anti American movment with new members all of the time. Timothy McVeigh was a one time freak, with one big bomb. He had no following, no real agenda

  4. Steve says:

    Anything can happen, eh? I suppose that Oprah Winfrey could break a triathalon record, or Madeleine Albright could win a beauty contest.

    I’ve got a hard one for you, Rep King – what is two plus two?

  5. Taurus says:

    We couldn’t do any worse. At this point it’s the people that you DON’T like that should be voted in now. We need someone who is for America and her people first and follows her laws. I’ll take him over all these lawbreaking hypocrites running our country any day.

  6. LB Girl says:

    Why would having ties to Sinn Fein be an issue? Sinn Fein is a political party dedicated to bringing peace and equality to all citizens of Ireland. Don’t confuse them with any other organization. The president of Sinn Fein has visitied the White House several times, as a guest of both Republican and Democrat presidents.

  7. Steve says:

    Peter King is an idiot.
    With the possible exception of Sarah Palin, he’d potentially be the least attractive Republican candidate.

    Maybe he can start scape-goating some other ethnic group (other than white judeo-christians) so that the dim-witted will treat that entire group as if they’re criminals.

    1. littlestar says:

      No, Steven, Peter KIng is not an idiot. He does not scape goat. His actions are the result of the facts presented before us. What are you afraid of ?

      1. Steve says:

        Littlestar –
        heaven bless democracy and our wonderful USA.

        I think that Peter King is a disaster. It seems that you don’t.
        You are entitled to your political viewpoints, and I can respect that
        (and by the way, I am of the judeo-christian fold – a little soul searching is good, once in a while).

  8. billsee says:

    Well, I guess with Trump out of the way there is room for another clown on the stage.

    1. littlestar says:

      does your mother have big feet ?

  9. Nunoyobizniss says:

    i would take him over any of the other GOP hopefuls

  10. marx engels says:

    What about his alleged though denied ties to Sinn Feinn?
    Soak the Rich! Gloria LaRiva for President!

  11. Carl Delvin says:

    Would rather have a Trump/Obama ticket than him.

  12. NYC says:

    Please dont waste money or time by attempting to run for President..

    1. littlestar says:

      Please dont waste precious resourses by typing on your key pad.

  13. No way says:

    Ron Paul 2012

  14. NO WAY says:

    Please do not even kid around about suggesting that he would not be part of the same agenda that we have had for the past 12 years.

    Id vote for Obama over him and I cannot stand Obama.

    1. littlestar says:

      Why ?

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