January 10th, 2010
11:38 PM ET
5 years ago

Cheney daughter to Dem: 'Please don't endorse me'

'Liz, are you looking for a job?,' Democratic strategist Donna Brazile teased Sunday.
'Liz, are you looking for a job?,' Democratic strategist Donna Brazile teased Sunday.

Washington (CNN) – Outspoken Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele may be able to rest easy. Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President and an often outspoken conservative in her own right, said Sunday that she did not want to be endorsed for a bid to be the next RNC chair and Cheney defended Steele amid renewed concerns about his stewardship of the GOP's national committee.

"Liz, are you looking for a job?," Democratic strategist Donna Brazile teased Sunday when the two women were asked about Steele Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

"Thanks," Cheney responded, "Donna, please don't endorse me for that."

"Go head, girl. Go head. Go head, girl. Go head." Brazile, a member of the Democratic National Committee, joked as she playfully nudged Cheney who was sitting right next to Brazile.

On a more serious note, Cheney, who served in George W. Bush's State Department and is now chair of KeepAmericaSafe.com, said Sunday that recent concerns expressed about Steele from within Republican ranks would ultimately end up mattering very little as the November midterm elections approach.

"I think he's making a lot of really important points," Cheney told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King about Steele.

"For voters out there sitting around their kitchen tables, they could care about these debates going on in Washington – who's running the Republican Party and who's not," Cheney said. "They want to know who's going to make sure that they've got jobs, who's going to cut taxes, who's going to keep the country safe. And I think those are the issues that will ultimately decide the outcome of these races."

In a number of media appearances intended to promote his new book in the last week, Steele stoked concern among some GOP Capitol Hill staffers, some RNC members and some Republican strategists who are worried Steele's criticism of past Republican missteps might be overshadowing positive news for the GOP as the party tries to build momentum heading into November.


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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. bug

    this guy is real yes man

    January 10, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. michael

    Cheney's daughter is an idiot. Cheney is an idiot. Screw 'em both.

    January 10, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. linus

    Donna was no match for Liz. She could have asked her about her Dad's role in building up Al-Queada by focusing on destroying Sadam and disregarding all the 9/11 clues because he was obssesed with Iraq. Then, our invasion of Iraq has proven to be the most effective enrollment tool for the bad guys.

    January 10, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. #1 DEM

    And she matters why? She holds no political office whatsoever. The MSM need to stop giving her a platform to spew such incendiary and unpatriotic rhetoric.

    January 10, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  5. Terry - Indiana

    Like her father, Liz Cheney is best described as a possible bi-polar personality, with far right thinking. This presents clinically, that the left side of her brain may be totally shutdown from reality. We are witnessing the slow collapse of the GOP. The Tea Party will save the day.

    January 10, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Sue, Vienna, VA

    I am totally SICK of the entire republican party! Their constant criticism and condemnation of anything and everything that doesn't fit their mold has become both stale and nauseating. From Cheney, to Steele, to Palin, to Limbaugh, to Beck, etc., they all have a one-track mind which leads to nowhere! I used to be a born and bred republican until 2009 when I realized the rancor within that party did not warrant the respect that I once held. What a sad, sad party.

    January 10, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  7. Melvin

    The whole RNC and the Cheney family are bankrupt of ideas for a better America. All they do is play politics and being an obstructionist to the Obama administration. As a commentator once asked, what has the republicans done for the american people for the last 10 years?

    January 10, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. kathy

    Please no more dumb Cheneys to deal with thank you very much.
    Trust me I would endorse you for nothing!!!!!!!!

    January 10, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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