Rep. King: Presidential run not out of the question

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) announced today that he is not ruling out the possibility of running for president in 2012. "To go out and raise

MASSAPEQUA PARK - Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) announced today that he is not ruling out the possibility of running for president in 2012. "To go out and raise a billion dollars, to be going to all 50 states and giving up my seat in Congress, that's tough," King says. "But if it comes down to it where I have the nomination, I'll accept it. But I don't expect that to happen."Nassau Republican Chairman Joe Mondello mentioned King's name as a potential presidential candidate at a party fundraiser last night and got loud applause.Political consultant Mike Dawidziak has worked on four Republican presidential campaigns. He says while King, a longtime congressman, has to be considered a long-shot, he does have appeal similar to former President Ronald Reagan. "He's the type of elected official who, when he speaks, you don't necessarily have to agree with him to know he's telling the truth as he sees it," he says.Kings' critics, however, believe the congressman is too blunt, too conservative and sometimes insensitive to the Muslim community.

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