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. fowez

    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."

    -----

    A damaged and diminished America is what this president inherited from her father's policies. But hey, lets not let facts get in the way of rhetoric.

    July 16, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Arch

    Wow, liz cheney, American Taliban party, interesting. might be the single most disagreeable person in the country. oh well, she is taliban after all.

    July 16, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Mike

    Another WAR MONGER running for office, when are these snakes going to go away?

    July 16, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. Phillco

    Our country doesn't need any more Cheneys with any type of political power.

    July 16, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. 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 all corners of the earth.

    July 16, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Gopherit

    Prima Neocon II? Which country would she want to invade next?

    July 16, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  7. Darrin

    Wait, what? End the dynasties. Let's start electing human beings and get rid of these talking heads.

    July 16, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. tipsana

    Never.

    July 16, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. nick

    Why won't these people and their relatives, just go away. They do't even have the courtesy to start at the bottom. They feel that they're better than everyone else.

    July 16, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. lolwhat

    Is this a joke? LOL

    What kind of an idiot would consider voting for her?

    July 16, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Perry

    Right what a waste, thought the republicans were trying to get smarter people in and change the way they think. LMAO

    July 16, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. Tory

    She is another right wing nut that is as dumb as her dad.

    July 16, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Sloppy.Joes

    Good god no she's a war criminals daughter. Vote independent Wyoming please not another ignorant republican

    July 16, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. yogi

    "And I do mean fight,"......Oh yes the Cheney's, they can't get enough of their glorified wars.

    "a damaged and diminished America"....Yes, thanks in big part to her dad, who should be in the Hague as a war criminal.

    "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."....Yes Liz, continue in you father's footsteps with the rigidity and arrogance. Heaven forbid that there are "wrongheaded" people in the GOP who are reasonable and intelligent. Cheney's version of the GOP is doomed, period.

    July 16, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. wonfish

    Oh vey. As soon as we get rid of one Cheney, another comes along.

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

    Would she be the first openly lesbian if gets elected?

    July 16, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Jim Rome

    And by "Back in the fight" she means war, right? I mean, if she's potential heir to millions of Halliburton shares, she must want war.

    July 16, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. KellyinBoston

    She's certainly inherited her father's looks.

    July 16, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. scoto

    It is indeed time for a new generation of leaders to step up. Not this family dynasty business that we have going on
    her in the USA. Its time that the Bush's , Clintons, Cheneys, Kennedys etc went out and got JOBS.

    July 16, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. pmmarion

    Just another whackadoo tea bagger...lol

    July 16, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Darlene Buckingham

    The corrupt government crime families compete with the mob to see who can do the most damage to humanity.

    July 16, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  22. Julie

    Another corporate slug.

    July 16, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. edog355

    Wonderful. The spawn of Satan wants to represent America. As if this country isn't enough of a train wreck.

    July 16, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. TrustKnow1

    Great! The spawn of the right hand of Satan wants to be part of the ruling elite! Hades is partying hard.

    July 16, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    The only person more wretched and despicable than Liz Cheney, is Dick Cheney.

    July 16, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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