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THIS VERSUS THAT

PETER KING / STEVE KING

Both want to be president. But which one is which?

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., at podium, accompanied by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, left, and others, gestures during a news conference in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 10,2009, to discuss the impact of bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other terror suspects to American soil for trial.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., at podium, accompanied by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, left, and others, gestures during a news conference in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 10,2009, to discuss the impact of bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other terror suspects to American soil for trial. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Yes, yes, it’s too early to start keeping track of presidential candidates who are tromping through New Hampshire – in general. But when two of them have the same name, it behooves us to get them straight from the get-go. Thus, this handy chart, helping you differentiate between the Kings who would be president.

PETER KING

Current job: congressman

State: New York

Party: Republican

Notable: As chairman of the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, he organized hearings on the radicalization of Muslim-Americans. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, he argued that law enforcement should increase surveillance in Muslim communities: “We’re at war with Islamic terrorism. It’s coming from people within the Muslim community by the terrorists coming from that community, just like the mafia comes from Italian communities.”

Upcoming New Hampshire stops: Strafford County GOP Family Barbecue, a state Republican Party brunch and a breakfast fundraiser for Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield (all Sunday).

STEVE KING

Current job: congressman

State: Iowa

Party: Republican

Notable: An opponent of immigration reform efforts, he recently described illegal immigrants like this: “For every one who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.” He was recently part of a delegation to Egypt, where he expressed support for the military government that removed the country’s first elected president and has cracked down on its supporters.

Upcoming New Hampshire stops: Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire’s “Strong New Hampshire Conference”
(Oct. 12).

Two little peas in a pod. Steve King along with his buddy Michelle Bachman just came back from congratulating the Egyptian army for getting rid of their elected president. Same thing they want to do over here.

I have not read that, but I can tell you mob rule is not something supported by this conservative. By all accounts, that was a fair election, the Egyptians should have voted the president out, like we should have in 2012.

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