US Representative Peter King, a New York Republican, wedged a Boston visit on Friday into his presidential campaign exploration trip to New Hampshire this weekend, and predicted defeat for President Obama’s request for congressional authorization of military intervention in Syria.
“I intend to vote for it, but I think it’s going down,” said King, a foreign policy hawk who has said he is pondering a bid for the presidency in 2016.
King, lunching at the Omni Parker House with his daughter, his brother, and former state Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Nassour, said he planned repeated visits to New Hampshire, the nation’s first state to vote in a primary, and to Iowa, the first caucus state.
King said he had consulted with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won the Hawkeye State caucuses in 2008, and been encouraged by what he had learned about Iowa activists.
Asked about the reception he has received in New Hampshire, King smiled, “I worry I might be peaking too soon.”
King criticized President Obama’s handling of the ongoing strife in Syria, where, the administration has alleged, the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its own people. King said he found Obama “uncomfortable with American power,” and chalked it up to Obama spending to much time among “liberal elites.”
King also blamed Obama for the failure to reset relations with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, saying, “I have never seen an American president humiliated in such a way as Obama has been by Putin.”
While in Boston, King said, he also planned to meet with Peter Flaherty, a longtime aide to former governor and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney.