Rep. Peter King from New York didn’t mince words over a possible nomination of Ted Cruz as the Republican Party presidential candidate, slamming the Texan lawmaker and claiming: He’s simply a “mouth” with no ability for “intelligent” discussion.

King offered up his opinion after being asked by Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” to explain his critical statement about Cruz’s announced presidential run, when he said the GOP ought to “be able to find a more qualified candidate.”

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King also said, after Cruz announced: “Shutting down the federal government, reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker, not the leader of the free world,” Mediaite reported.

He didn’t walk back those comments on CNN, but rather dug deeper.

“We need intelligent debate in the country,” King said, during his CNN interview. “Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn’t carry out an intelligent debate. He oversimplifies, he exaggerates and he basically led the Republican Party over the cliff in the fall of 2013. He has shown no qualifications, no legislation being passed, doesn’t provide leadership and he has no real experience. So, to me, he is just a guy with a big mouth and no results.”

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Blitzer then asked if King would support a Cruz nomination. And King’s reply?

“I hope that day never comes,” he said, “I will jump off that bridge when we come to it.”

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