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Rep. Peter King says 'the average husband and wife' will find Ryan appealing as a candidate

This morning on "Starting Point," Rep. Peter King (R-NY) weighs in on vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan's speech at the Republican National Convention and addresses allegations of intelligence leaks by the Obama administration.

"Paul Ryan is a great guy, so I am biased on this," King says. "He is going to resonate especially we have a number of competitive congressional races in suburban areas. And I am confident Paul is going to appeal to them. The average husband and wife, mother and father, grandparents, watching Paul Ryan, and I think will be very moved by him."

Bermans asks King if Ryan's lack of foreign policy experience could be an issue.

"I worked with Paul. I know he has excessive knowledge of foreign policy issues and what he said last night I think has to be really the message from the Republican Party: That President Obama has been inconsistent on foreign policy," King says.

Berman also asks King to respond to Sen. John McCain's statement in his speech before the convention, that the Obama Administration is guilty of leaking intelligence secrets. Berman asks if King, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, if he has seen any evidence to back up this claim.

"First of all, just the White House's own statements. The stories are in the "New York Times" that talk about the cyber attacks on Iran and came from people in the National Security Council meetings. That's the White House," King says.

"We're talking about a small circle of advisers. We're talking about a policy in Yemen where we penetrate the highest levels of al Qaeda. Nobody in Congress knew about it, the small circle in the CIA, the White House, the entire thing was leaked in the Associated Press," King adds.

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