The Washington Times - July 18, 2013, 10:57AM

Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, may make a run for the White House in 2016 and reportedly is telling friends who are pushing him to take his terrorism expertise to the executive levels — maybe.

“I saw Peter last week and he certainly didn’t rule [a presidential run] out,” one source close to the congressman, who requested anonymity, said on Newsmax. “A lot of folks are telling him to do it and he sure acts interested.”


Mr. King, former House Homeland Security Committee chairman, is being encouraged by a wide range of wealthy backers who stand ready to help him reach the White House, Newsmax said.

“I think it would be a great thing if Peter King ran for president,” said Michael Mukasey, a former federal judge, in Newsmax. “He’s a great leader and I would applaud his running.

And from former Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr., California Republican, was this: “We’ve fallen down in foreign policy. … Peter well understands this. He stands out in a crowd and says what’s on his mind,” Newsmax reported.

But reality could hit hard at his campaign. Not since 1880, when James Garfield was elected, has a member of the House of Representatives made a successful direct run to the White House. Reps. Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul have since tried and failed.