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September 26th, 2013
07:32 PM ET

Roundtable: The fractured GOP

Long Islanders don't blush easy, but there may a be a tinge of red coloring Congressman Peter King's cheeks of late. The New York Republican said his office has been bombarded with "vile" phone calls over his criticism of Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

"I haven't heard such vile, profane, obscene language. Now I'm not saying Ted Cruz is responsible for all his supporters, but he has tapped into a dark strain in the American political psyche here," King told MSNBC.

To be fair, King has not pulled any punches in his criticism of the Texas senator, saying last week, "Ted Cruz is a fraud and he'll no longer have any influence in the Republican party."

But what's with all the Republican-on-Republican violence?

Our political roundtable with columnist for The Washington Post Clinton Yates, CNN senior political analyst and editorial director for the National Journal Ron Brownstein, and CNN contributor and former adviser to Mitt Romney Kevin Madden discuss.

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