NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Long Island Congressman Peter King is considering running for president in 2016.

King addressed his motivation and his would-be rivals in an interview with CNN.

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“I’m looking at this because I see people like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, and to me, I don’t want the Republican Party going in that direction,” King said, “I’ll be back in New Hampshire on June 21, and when I saw Hillary Clinton yesterday I told her to get ready.”

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King, a Republican, is serving his 11th term in the House of Representatives.

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