October 3rd, 2013
10:08 AM ET

Rep. Steve King: Debt Ceiling Limit, Default Talk Is "False Demagoguery"

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tells “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that talk of the debt ceiling limit and default is “false demagoguery,” and the Oval Office is responsible for the “spiteful act” of closing the World War II memorial.

On the government shutting down the World War II memorial, Rep. King says, “That was the first act that took place. It had to be ordered directly out of the Oval Office. And it was a spiteful act. If you saw those veterans come up there yesterday and the day before, they haven’t seen that memorial in their lifetime. It was built for them, and they were shut out. I think that’s the image that Americans have in their mind right today.”

When Cuomo asks Rep. King if he is going to try to defund Obamacare through the debt ceiling deadline and if he is willing to collapse the United States credit to make a point, the lawmaker replies “I don’t think the credit of the United States is going to be collapsed. I think that all this talk about a default has been a lot of… false demagoguery. We have plenty of money coming in to service the debt. When we stop servicing the debt, that would be default. We’re a long, long ways from that. And I think we need to have cool heads and get to a solution.”

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