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. yogi

    She is a "chip off the old block", with the same old cynical views as her dad.

    July 16, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Big_D

    Well she definitely isn't going to be against Bush. In any form.

    July 16, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Tom

    Just say "no" to another Washington insider. While I'm sure she's a smart lady in her own right, she's spent most of her adult life in Washington riding on her father's name – just read her Wikipedia bio.

    July 16, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. David

    Just another Right-wing Hater with a 40 IQ!

    July 16, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. johnharry

    great we cant get rid of Darth Cheney and his ilk

    July 16, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Michael

    Well, we know who Haliburton will be contributing to.

    July 16, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Kevin H

    Liz, dear Liz Cheney – we've had one Cheney – we do NOT need another. You worked for Dick Armitage's firm (Iran Contra for those who have forgotten). And don't fool yourself, Colin Powell recommended you for State because he owed your dad a fav. ALL we need is yet another Bushista with a GOP axe to grind over Iran. Notice the Iran ties all over her resume / CV. And since 2009 you've allied yourself with Bill Kristol. It's OK the GOP lovers may support you but most of us won't. Dump this woman from the GOP ticket before she does any damage Republican centrists – because she will not add to a moderate position on Iran – instead she'll march us headlong into war or "liaisons dangereux".

    July 16, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Thinkergal

    Go for it, Liz. Just don't carry on your father's legacy.

    July 16, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. csiko

    Breaking news! Someone who no one cares about is running for senate in a state no one lives in! More at 11.

    July 16, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Jeff Cox

    Another Cheney on the wrong side of reality.

    July 16, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. JimSF

    Isn't she the lesbian daughter? Oh Yeah, she'll do real well in tha party.

    July 16, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. BD70

    No thanks...too many of the same names running by.

    July 16, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Jim Rome

    So, Liz Cheney is heir to millions of dollars in shares of Halliburton war services company, and.... drumroll please! Yes, she wants to start military engagement. What a despicable war-for-profit whore.

    July 16, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. WeirdMN

    Ah yes, another tax-and-spender who pretends to be a conservative. Just like her father.

    July 16, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Donna Riggs

    Fight gee haven't they had enough fighting...nothing gets done except more war...
    We've had enough of Cheney Klan ...glad I don't live in Wy even her guys(gop) don't want her.

    July 16, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  16. Thomas

    The woman married Dick Cheney. Need I say more?

    July 16, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Maeve

    It should be interesting to watch Cheney and other republicans who move to the right in their battles against republicans who move toward the middle. Will the right-adherents get their comeuppance? Will the middle-leaners be cowed?

    July 16, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Just Me

    I don't like her political views. Since she is running against another republican, I could almost care less since they are two peas in of a pod, but since I don't care for her views, I hope she loses because I simply don't want to see her face on my TV screen ranting and raving like she does. The less platform she has to irritate me, the better. So again, I hope she loses.

    July 16, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. ya rights

    This is going to get down and nasty in a heartbeat, can't wait!

    July 16, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Gem

    Ugh, another Cheney - please, no....

    July 16, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Dennis1020

    Ah, the Republican circular firing squad has begun. This should be great entertainment.

    July 16, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Boisepoet

    Evidently she feels that Republicans will not truly be successful until their brand of theocratic fascism has replaced the Constitution, and American armies are ‘nation-building’ in every country with oil.

    July 16, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Donna Riggs

    communists news network

    July 16, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. RBN

    Liz Cheney may have been forced out of the closet by politics, but she's still her father's brainwashed daughter. She's still a member of the party that's fighting to oppress everyone's rights while robbing the country blind, and is banking on splitting the liberal vote because she's gay. LGBT community – you need to run your own Democratic candidates to fight these GOP political shenanigans. Don't let her con you into voting for a Republican. Regardless of any campaign promises, she won't support your agenda if she gets elected. It will be GOP business as usual.

    July 16, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Phattee

    GOOD. The more infighting there is in the GOP, the quicker its inevitable collapse will happen.

    July 16, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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