Peter King 2016: What 5 Leading Pundits Say About Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) was the first Republican to officially announce he was running for president in 2016, throwing his hat in the ring in September 2013 in New Hampshire.

Here are what five leading political pundits have said about the long-shot campaign of the 12-term congressman and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful.

3. In an August 2013 article on The Hill, Republican political operative Ford O’Connell suggested King may be using his presidential overtures to push his party in adopting a stronger commitment to national security and national defense rather than making a serious run at the nomination.

“It seems that he’s far more wedded to the GOP emphasis on national defense than he is to actual ambitions of sitting in the White House,” O’Connell said. “Internally he may be testing the waters, but he knows in the back of his mind that he has a better chance of winning the Powerball jackpot this year before he becomes president of the United States. And I think part of it is that he’s getting coverage because we’re a leaderless party with no true front-runner.”

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