Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is leading the Republican Party in a dangerous direction and compared him to 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.

"When you have Rand Paul actually comparing (NSA leaker Edward) Snowden to Martin Luther King or Henry David Thoreau, this is madness," King said on CNN's "State of the Union." "This is the anti-war, left-wing Democrats of the 1960s that nominated George McGovern and destroyed their party for almost 20 years. I don't want that to happen to our party."