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. John

    And she's qualified how exactly?

    July 16, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. S.Myers

    What is the GOP's position on gay marriage Liz?

    July 16, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. eyeballstab

    Not gonna happen lady. Even if you are the best senator ever, with that last name most Americans will avoid any vote in your favor. The likely hood of you wanting to further your fathers agenda is way to high. All Cheney's should be banned from politics.

    July 16, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  4. The Eternal Satyr

    Noooooooooo!!!

    July 16, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. David Carter

    Good Luck Liz!!

    July 16, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Sid Prejean

    Sometimes it's hard to know whether to laugh or cry. A Cheney running for office, challenging an incumbent Republican?!? Senator Enzi might be on the lookout for the Old Man with a shotgun.

    July 16, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Oh god, another nasty Cheney. You go ahead with these ridiculous policies....""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." and lose more elections. You may not lose Wyoming but you won't win nationally. Most Americans ARE moderates and Republicans are way too far off center.

    July 16, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Glauber

    Wait...what? She wants to challenge the incumbent GOP senator in her state, who's quite well liked, and she goes about it by harping on and on about Obama? Is this who the Republicans are now?

    July 16, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  9. fuck chaney

    Why would anyone vote for her, she comes from a family of murderers.

    July 16, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  10. USAPeasant

    These political dynasties founded by some of the most corrupt politicians of all time have created a class that thinks of themselves as entitled nobility far disconnected from the average American citizen and their needs. As a result policy, politics, and American culture has declined so quickly it is almost breath-taking.

    This little oligarchy going on is the exact kind of thing that is destroying this great Republic and all of its values and freedoms. We do not need anymore princelings from the worst families in the world leading this nation further over the precipice. Just drop out Liz, go enjoy your money and stick to what you're good at which is capitalism. Stay the far heck away from government, our system is all ready broken nearly beyond repair, we do not need more problem-politicians.

    July 16, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Karl Marx

    She can mud wrestle Rachel Maddow.

    July 16, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Tee

    YUCK!!!! Don't need another Cheney in office.

    July 16, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Paige

    Bloody Heck...God help us all

    July 16, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  14. Russ

    Just what we need, another near sighted conservative that interperets anything a Democrat does as an attack on our freedom of religion and speech yet any similar action by a Republican isn't. Like a womans right to choose, or gay marriage. And then to have the name Cheney is enough to make your skin crawl.

    July 16, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. Jacqueline R.

    And of course, she's never held public office, and out of the starting gate she wants to be a Senator. How about paying her dues??

    July 16, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    its just not right that the people of WY get to vote such a biased sick person into the senate. the rest of the country has to deal with this poor choice. she is more suited for the congress.

    July 16, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. lolol

    If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree... feed this one to the pigs before it goes any further

    July 16, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. Mario Avila

    She will never win. Sorry Liz you are way to extreme and radical to the right. I cant wait to see how much fun this will be.

    July 16, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  19. samsart

    Oddly enough she takes no ownership for the systematic dismantling of women's rights and the GOP's fixation with everything but things like the economy, health care ( other than women's reproductive health and contraception) dirty water, air and food. No mention of the time wasted voting to repeal Obamacare and none spent with devising an alternative. Wonder if she's just her father's mouthpiece?

    July 16, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. MaryM

    I am sure Liz Cheney is a very nice lady. But her last name will never allow her a political position

    July 16, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Robert Levinson

    So lack of brains, lack of judgment, or both are apparently genetically linked.

    July 16, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Just what the US needs- another Cheney in power

    July 16, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  23. Shecky

    She is a smart woman and a strong conservative. I hope she wins.

    July 16, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. Brian Wurtz

    She has only lived in the state for a year. Why on EARTH would anybody that lives there vote for her? She's a carpetbagger.

    July 16, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. PuzzledInPeoria

    When I think about the propaganda run-up to the Iraq War and the shadow government Vice President Cheney set up, including his own intelligence gathering arm, it makes me proud to live in a country where a relative of one of the most hated leaders in recent memory has the audacity to believe someone minimally intelligent enough to register to vote would cast a ballot for her.

    July 16, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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