July 16th, 2013
05:41 PM ET
9 months 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. Randy

    Oh dear .. We gonna have another war in the Middle East ... Buckel up. Show time !!

    July 16, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. penguin

    God help us if she wins. She's an apologist for her father, the most evil politician or nation has ever seen. If he traveled overseas there's a good chance he'd be arrested for war crimes

    July 16, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Chris

    Sadly, Palen and Cheney will probably win.

    July 16, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Robert

    Go Liz!!!

    July 16, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. aarg

    we need a law allowing only one family member to be in politics.

    July 16, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Chaerlotte

    So?

    July 16, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. Andrew

    She is an incompetant fool just like her father. Therefore, I'm sure the good people of Wyoming will send her to the Senate to continue her family's legacy of cowardice and failure.

    July 16, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. questions

    just what we need – MORE HATE in Congress!
    why cant we work together and get things done?

    July 16, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. Beebop

    So is 'wrongheaded' a technical term?

    July 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Kzooresident

    And now the parade of commentary from mindless haters begins....

    July 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Phil_Bury

    Great! Now all we need is for Jeb Bush to get on board. I smell Bush-Cheney ticket in 2016 – no pudendum intended.

    July 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Raymond

    Terminate.... with extreme prejudice.

    July 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Thomas A. Hawk

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

    I understand wishing to build a Republican majority but what's this with re-electing incumbents against other members of the GOP? Is one member of the GOP not equal to another member?

    It's not like she's going to hand the seat to the 3 or 4 Democrats who live in Wyoming...

    Sounds to me that the GOP leadership is more interested in themselves than their members right about now. They should change course and remember that America was built on citizens getting to vote.

    It feels like tyranny of the GOP and the GOP should be against tyranny. I think Liz Cheney should be able to run if she wants to run and the GOP shouldn't be playing favorites. Let the people of Wyoming decide who represents Wyoming and not the NATIONAL GOP.

    This anti states rights thing is too much coming from the GOP. I'd expect that from some on the Left but from the GOP? (sigh)

    July 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. allenwoll

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    We do NOT need another "Cheney" anywhere in government ! !
    .

    July 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Republican't

    The fundamentalist resides atop Devil's Tower.

    July 16, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Who Knows...?

    Wow, just wow. Democrats make your checkbooks ready!

    July 16, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. SeattleMM

    Just what we need. Another hyper-partisan, downright venomous politician. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Liz, please,just get a job on Fox like the rest of your vile ilk.

    July 16, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. Pander Bear

    She's a Gorgon.

    July 16, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  19. rocky5

    Haha go and do what I can't do lol

    July 16, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Steveb

    I can understand how she could agree with Republican views on foreign policy, tax and budget policy, even immigration policy. But I can't understand how she can be part of a party that doesn't believe she should even exist as a person much less that she is a person with value as a human being. Doesn't your very existence trump all else?

    July 16, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  21. Reasonably

    She even has black, soul-less eyes.

    Winner.

    July 16, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  22. pkfops

    Isn't she a lesbian?

    July 16, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. Trombonebiker

    I don't like her after reading this article. Her dad was bad. She looks worse.

    July 16, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Jack Be Humble

    I would like to see the GOP move a little more to the center, please. Extreme right positions are going to erode seats in both houses.

    Perhaps Liz Cheney accurately represents her constituents in Wyoming as a Far-Right candidate for Senator. If so, she can join the ever dwindling coalition that hangs everything on the 40-vote filibuster threshold... that is, until the other states finally push the Senate so far to the Democrats that they can walk over the Extreme Right Republicans. That will be a sad day for the US I think, and a dangerous one.

    This country needs two parties to function as it has for the last 150 years or so. I hope the Right of the GOP doesn't create a delegitimized GOP. I have no clue what happens after that.

    July 16, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Ricky Gibson

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

    I guess she doesn't count economic havoc wreaked by a preemptive war (on false evidence) that ripped apart a country that had no means to harm the US. Too bad no one protected America from that.

    July 16, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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