"Carnival Barker": Republican Congressman Peter King Mocks Ted Cruz Presidential Bid

Nice language about a fellow Republican, Pete

Washington (CNN)—New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who is considering his own bid for the White House, mocked Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's announcement that he was running in 2016 and said the Texas Republican isn't qualified to serve as president.

"Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world," King said in a written statement on Monday.

King's statement references a Cruz speech on the Senate floor that last more than 20 hours, railing against Obamacare in 2013.

The New York Republican has been a vocal critic of Cruz' since the government shutdown that fall, blaming him for the standoff and calling him a "fraud."

Cruz and other conservatives pressed House Republican leaders to push a strategy to defund Obamacare as part of the annual legislation to fun federal agencies. The fight over the issue triggered a closure of the government for more than two weeks.