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Rep. Peter King heading to New Hampshire for GOP talks

The surprise decision by House Speaker John Boehner

The surprise decision by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pull the bill back from an expected vote floored the Long Island delegation, especially Rep. Peter King, of Seaford, the key New York Republican congressman pushing for the aid package. Credit: Newsday / Karen Wiles Stabile

Rep. Peter King, the Long Island national security hawk who declared his interest in running for president last week, said Monday that he's headed to the early primary state of New Hampshire in the next two months.

King, a Seaford Republican, said he'll meet with the New Hampshire state Republican Party leaders and GOP officials of two counties.

"It's a real opportunity, just to be on the ground seeing what people are saying about the direction of the Republican Party," King said.

The state GOP issued the invitation, said its executive director Matt Slater, "when we heard that Congressman King was considering the option of throwing his hat in the ring for a presidential run."

King will meet with the state party and officials of the Strafford County GOP at a Sept. 15 barbecue, Slater said.

King also said he'll visit the Carroll County GOP in the first week of next month to meet local politicians and visit first responders who came to New York to help with superstorm Sandy last year.

The invitations came after King expressed interest in a White House run to oppose two potential GOP presidential candidates, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). He said they seem more concerned about Americans being killed by a CIA drone than about "Islamic terrorism."

King's interest in running for president surprised many. He said he has no plans to go to Iowa, another early primary state, and has not set up an exploratory committee.

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