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. Elllis Island

    I just visited Wyoming and can see why it's a red state. So far removed from main stream America. But please, do not move too far to the right of main stream with Liz Cheney. She does not have kindness in her heart.

    July 16, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  2. Flagship, NC

    She sounds just like M. Bachman, same tone, same words,....same......same......

    July 16, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  3. DEAN

    i wouldn't vote for anyone related in any way to Dick Cheney. This guy reeks of what is wrong with America today.

    July 16, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. nik green

    The only way that the GOP can move is leftwards – any further to the right and they would fall off the end of the political spectrum.

    July 16, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. dou44

    Her father launched the NSA dragnet in 2001, yet Liz blames it on Obama. As if Obama's crimes aren't bad enough, the fascist Cheney crime family returns for more.

    July 16, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. Georgette Bush

    Wow....cannot wait to vote for you.

    July 16, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Johnjon

    just what we don't need.

    July 16, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  8. marilyn

    Please people haven't the Cheney's and Bushes done enough damage to our country? She needs to go away with her father.

    July 16, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. revolting peasant

    Yuck. Democracies should not have political dynasties. No more Bushes, Clintons, Kennedys, etc.

    July 16, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. marco roth

    "all that stands between..."how about the majority of the country that voted for him? the arrogance ,fear and simplification of thing and the economic treason republicans have masked with culture wars is a reflection of a gop with no solutions,evolutions and just reside in a moribund dogma that is on the wrong side of history, and economic myths.
    her father is a principle of a failed war that can only be the greatest blunder,or lie that thousands of brave americans sacrificed life,limb and family.
    we begin to have permission for this,that,cultural normality changes,cannot stop it,but permission is not power,and the gop has to cheat to win,because the truth that in this brave new world,the flag,the gods,are just slight of hand to disguise the true nature of the game,have and have not.

    July 16, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Thinker

    she must be absolutely clueless. She should be denouncing the crimes committed by her father. She clearly has no idea how much the American people will forever associate her family name with war crimes, violations of civil rights, ignoring warnings about 9/11, responsible for the killing and maiming of American service members. I suggest you tread carefully in criticizing any other politicion's stance. Your name and father's actions will not help you. But you could also prove I know nothing.

    July 16, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. Kcole

    I hope the people of Wyoming are smarter than to put a Cheney in office again. Look, people, as a Wyoming native, this guy got us hook, line and sinker into the War with Iraq–a useless war of finding no WMD and looking silly in front of the entire world. The world hates him and considers him no better than a war criminal. Why put his daughter in office?

    July 16, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. Hmmmm

    I hope we have not turned into a hereditary monarchy in the USA. this is one family I would like to hope we have seen the last of......

    July 16, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. Total2199

    The need in a new generation of leaders is long overdue...

    July 17, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. Scott

    Enzi deserves to get kicked out of office for his support for increasing sales taxes, which is a middle class tax increase. Enzi was a big spender when Bush Jr. was in office and has little credibility. Enzi is one of the reasons I support term limits. The guy has been in Washington since 1987 and is a career politician with little to offer. I would support Cheney, but I have some qualms because I dislike aristocrats and she is a outsider to Wyoming. She really is just a Washington socialite. Hopefully a dark horse candidate will step in and win the Republican nomination.

    July 17, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  16. notmoreofthesame

    There is no room for ANY Cheney in politics in today's world. If Colorado wants true representation, as a state of immigrants and free-thinkers, they need to steer clear of a political family who tends to err on the side of "hate."

    July 17, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  17. John Shilo

    I will try to consider Liz Cheney as an independent candidate on her own merits and forget that her husband is a torture advocate.

    July 17, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  18. NFL1

    I thought one had to LIVE in the state to actually REPRESENT the people... how can someone from DC, who never lived in WY (despite a dad who "lived" there as VP, and long ago was Senator) claim to understand the issues and people of WY? At least when Hillary Clinton represented NY, she had lived in many similar states and moved to and actually lived in the State...and could identify with many of the issues.

    July 17, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  19. John Shilo

    I will try to consider Liz Cheney as an independent candidate on her own merits and forget that her father is a torture advocate.

    July 17, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  20. Steve

    Lol another GOP candidate that hasn't 'gotten the memo'

    July 17, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  21. JJ

    So, the right wing lesbian daughter of Darth Cheney thinks she has a chance of becoming a senator? BWAAAAAHAHAHA!

    July 17, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  22. Sick Of It.

    Great, just what America needs, more corrupt Cheney crap in the political system. Disgusting.

    July 17, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  23. Rogue351

    No more please. The Cheney family has done far to much to America already. If another Bush or Cheney every enter public office it will be just fine. In fact the United States government should send both families on an extended vacation to a remote island to live out their lives not worrying about the United states, we will be just fine with out any of you ever again, really. Please take your millions or billions, whatever and just go away. Jeb Bush you are welcome to join them as well.

    July 17, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  24. tshorey2013

    "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. "

    Funny that she is criticizing Obama for something her own father had a large hand in starting but I guess hypocracy is part of the Cheney DNA. In any case, she doesn't stand a chance. People in Wyoming are not going to vote for her.

    July 17, 2013 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  25. tdave

    Watching the GOP devour themselves from the inside is going to be very entertaining.

    July 17, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
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