Pelosi teases GOP Rep. about his 2016 flirtation

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was asked Friday about Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who told CBS News on Thursday that he is "looking at" a presidential bid in 2016.

Her pithy response: "Was he serious?"

The reporters in the briefing room chuckled as Pelosi pressed on.

"He's a great guy, I mean, I like him personally and the rest," she explained. "It's a long way off for us. We don't even have a jobs bill six and a half months into this term. We don't have any results to show the American people for what's happening."

She suggested that the House should focus on legislating, not presidential politics, reciting a to-do list including immigration reform, background checks for gun buyers, and a jobs bill.

On Thursday, King suggested he was pondering a bid in 2016 because he's worried about the influence of "isolationists" within the GOP like Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

"They're the only ones who are talking about foreign policy and they are doing it from a very backward point of view," he said, calling their platform "very damaging" to the Republican Party and to the country.

  • Jake Miller

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