July 16th, 2013
05:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Liz Cheney launches run for Senate

(CNN) - Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will challenge three-term Republican Sen. Michael Enzi of Wyoming for his seat in next year's mid-term elections, she announced Tuesday in a web video.

"Today I am launching my candidacy for the United States Senate," she said.

Cheney dedicated part of her nearly six-minute long video to criticizing President Barack Obama, accusing him of announcing a war on Americans' freedoms of religion and speech.

Missing, however, was any personal attacks on her GOP opponent, Enzi.

In her announcement she said it was time for a "new generation of leaders to step up." She then made a call to action, saying, "every victorious movement in history has required the full participation of men and women of courage, conviction and principle...join me in this fight."

Cheney, who chairs a nonprofit on national security and education called Keep America Safe, has been rumored this year to be considering a U.S. Senate bid from Wyoming.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, however, says it stands firmly behind Enzi, the GOP incumbent.

"Our mission is to re-elect our incumbents and build a Republican majority," NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring told CNN.

Cheney sparked some speculation of a potential Senate bid in March when she cautioned her party against moving too far to the middle as the GOP began major rebranding efforts following last year's presidential loss.

"It is time for Republicans to get over their loss in 2012. We are all that stands between this president's policies and a damaged and diminished America," she wrote. "It is time to get back in the fight."

"And I do mean fight," she continued in the Wall Street Journal op-ed. "Republicans are being counseled to move the party to the left, but in my experience, those who advocate more liberal policies for the GOP are wrongheaded or Democrats, or both."

Wyoming is a reliably red state, with a Republican governor, Republican senators and a Republican for its at large representative. Enzi easily won re-election in 2008 with 76% of the vote.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the state 69% of the vote in last year's election.

– CNN's Jake Tapper, Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Liz Cheney • Senate • Wyoming
soundoff (355 Responses)
  1. JoeyE

    *snores* no need to see any "Cheney"

    July 16, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Eugenia Kinney

    This story must be a mistake. Liz Cheney has never lived in Wyoming and thus cannot be a Senator from this state. People in Wyoming are not ignorant and I do not think the electorate will go along with this ploy. I believe Dick Cheney had moved to Texas where he lived for years and came to Wyoming 4 days before he was going to run for Vice-President and couldn't be in the same state as Bush-Texas. It won't work this time because Liz is from DC. And Cheney is supposed to be a friend of Enzi. The Cheney's aren't going away.

    July 16, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. Brian from DC

    Her name will only serve to remind Republicans of why they will not occupy the White House in the foreseeable future.

    July 16, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. john

    Oh no "Luke, I am your father..........."

    July 16, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. steve

    a member of perhaps one of the most derogatory families in the history of America..she will be a hit in Wyoming

    July 16, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Mike

    I'm so sick of the cheneys, her father belongs in jail, can't stand that SOB

    July 16, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    she literally sounds crazy– yeah, you're real different CHENEY

    July 16, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. greg

    GOPers hate the environment (go figure given that we have just the one earth), prefer power over democracy, claim to be pro-life while cutting food stamps, distract voters with false-morality wedge issues, like to say how much they like America while undercutting the education system, science, and intelligent discourse, and there's the dislike for a whole host of people. Cheney will drive ever more people to look elsewhere and there's only so much anti-voter legislation can do.

    July 16, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. JACK AINSWORTH

    Just posted a blog on a Martin/Zimmerman related story and it posted immediately. My first post on Cheney was placed at 8:49, the second at 9.29, and this third one at 9.59. Perhaps it is time for folks to examine other, less paranoid sites.

    July 16, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. U.S. Citizen

    What is really 'bad form' are the current Representatives and Senators that do not uphold their Oaths of service.

    July 16, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Blue

    Good Grief This country cannot take another Cheney.

    July 16, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  12. NOVA703

    And her qualifications are what? Oh right, she's Dick's daughter.

    July 16, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  13. Marko Polo

    All we need is another "Dick" Cheney in political office. Scary thought.

    July 16, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. rs

    Another "government hater" running for government. How can they fool people?

    July 16, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. The Other Bob

    "We are all that stands between this president's policies and a damaged and diminished America."

    Right! This must be Newspeak, since the right wing extremists are by far the most damaging element in American politics.

    July 16, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. Siestasis

    OMG we lose one Bachmann and gain another.

    July 16, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  17. Mike

    Don't go hunting with your dad!

    July 16, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. John Doehn

    No.

    Actually, not just no, HEECK NO!

    July 16, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. Paul

    No more Cheneys. We've had enough wars already.

    July 16, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  20. racegirl1

    Where is a sink hole when you need one.

    July 16, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. John Wright

    Wyoming needs someone like Liz Cheny who will not compromise our principles for the sake of just getting along. To stop the Obama sycophants in the senate from destroying our country. Thank you Liz for running.

    July 16, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. mentallect

    OJ Simpson will be America's second black president before Liz Cheney slithers into the Senate.

    July 16, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. LJ

    And to thank her father for two useless wars

    July 16, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  24. logicnothuff

    That's fine but if she and her dad still think lesbian sister is AOK, then USA is still in a heap'o trouble.

    July 16, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  25. Peter

    She needs to stop listening to her dad, and start thinking for herself.

    July 16, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
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