Congressman Steve King, a western Iowa Republican, sparked controversy earlier this year when he said America’s enemies — al Qaeda and other terrorists — would be "dancing in the streets" if Barack Obama was elected president.
King spoke with Radio Iowa last night, after Obama was declared the winner. "Well, it’s never personal with Obama. He and I testified on a panel together not long ago and I agree with folks who evaluate his speaking skills and his personality," King said. "It’s his ideology that I disagree with."
Throughout the campaign, King argued no Democrat would prosecute the war on terror as effectively as a Republican president would. King said this in April: "Let’s just say if Obama is elected president and our enemies — al Qaeda and the terrorists — are not dancing in the streets after (Obama) has declared defeat already, then I will apologize to America and the world for poor judgment, " King said in April. "but I would ask those people who are in the public arena who are my critics that if I am right, that they would apologize to me publicly."
During his Election Night conversation with Radio Iowa, King did not mention the war on terror. King promised to be an "obstructionist," and join Republicans in congress who will try to stand in the way of many Obama-backed plans. "The redistributionist philosophy is something that has been of him for a long time," King said Tuesday night. "I’m going to be promoting the strong American values of self-reliance, free enterprise capitalism, property rights. I’m going to be opposing redistributionism and I think there’ll be plenty of work for me to do in that endeavor."
King won reelection last night with 60 percent of the vote in the fifth congressional district. Rob Hubler, r), King’s Democratic opponent, won 37.3 percent of the vote.