Liz Cheney under 'values' attack in Wyoming Senate race
October 7th, 2013
11:12 AM ET
6 months ago

Liz Cheney under 'values' attack in Wyoming Senate race

Updated 10/7/2013 at 12:48pm

(CNN) - Liz Cheney's family name may not be enough to confirm conservative bona fides in Wyoming, with a new Super PAC attack ad alluding to liberal values for the Senate hopeful.

"MSNBC. The go-to network for Barack Obama and Washington's liberal elites. So what's Liz Cheney doing here?" says the voiceover narration on the new TV commercial from the social-conservative American Principals Fund.

The spot features some of Cheney's statements on gay marriage to MSNBC. In the clips used, Cheney argues against a Constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and says she supports the State Department's extension of benefits to same-sex partners.

The ad concludes by saying that Cheney is "wrong for Wyoming."

Cheney aide Kara Ahern lambasted the attack ad.

"This is a dishonest smear by an out of state superPAC. The people of Wyoming deserve better," Ahern said in a statement.

Earlier this year Cheney launched a primary challenge to try and unseat three-term GOP Sen. Mike Enzi in a campaign much of the Wyoming Republican establishment has looked down on.

From the start, Liz Cheney's Senate run controversial

The eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney has said she is not in favor of gay marriage.

"I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage," Cheney said in an August statement, despite having a sister who married her longtime partner in Washington, D.C. last year.

"I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."

In a statement, American Principals said they are trying to "break the unilateral truce on social issues within the GOP by demonstrating that social issues are winning issues, especially when combined with an economic message that addresses voters' most urgent concerns."

The group's executive director and a consultant for Tsamoutales Strategies, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in the statement that the "truce" is bad for both the GOP and the United States. "Our core values are under attack, and we will stand for those who stand for what's right," she said.

–CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


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  1. rs

    Pretty awful candidate who apparently doesn't remember "Matthew's Law" and the events that inspired that law in Wyoming. Typical GOP carpetbagger.

    October 7, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Data Driven

    Wyoming is hopelessly right wing, but I foretell the voters there will pick their own instead of this carpetbagger.

    October 7, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Bill

    Liz Cheney is a miserable excuse for a senatorial candidate. Bottom line, she loses election. Next.

    October 7, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    In a statement, American Principals said they are trying to "break the unilateral truce on social issues within the GOP by demonstrating that social issues are winning issues, especially when combined with an economic message that addresses voters' most urgent concerns."
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    When you start legislating morals and social issues you're crossing a line. You're going from governing the people to ruling the people.

    October 7, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -"I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."

    Last time I checked, people elect their legislators to represent them, and the judiciary at the local and state level is either elected or appointed, so the people are deciding through their elected and appointed officals. It seems as though Liz cannot make up her mind how the process works, but hopes that a word salad will confuse the rubes in Wyoming long enough for them to elect her so she has a real job, since DC lobbyist does not impress much.

    October 7, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Hmm. I see a pattern from the right wing. It seems that "Wrong for [blank]" is the national message. You can fill in the blank with whatever ctiy, town, state, or country that you choose. I'm sure all of you have seen at least one local TV ad that says exactly that.

    October 7, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    "I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."
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    If that's what she believes, then why the hell is she and her ilk so in favor of DOMA and laws banning same sex marriage.

    October 7, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Thomas

    Daddy's little girl could have had an officers position with Halliburton instead she gave here life to public service .

    October 7, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Last time I checked, people elect their legislators to represent them, and the judiciary at the local and state level is either elected or appointed, so the people are deciding through their elected and appointed officals....[etc]"

    You have to translate it all first. What she said about states and people voting on whether other people be treated equally, and particularly about "not even by judges" etc., is Teatroll hivemind code-speak for "I recognize that my positions are contrary to the Constitution and other laws, so I'm hoping we can have an end run around those things by allowing the majority to vote to persecute the unpopular minority."

    October 7, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. rs

    Rudy's right, the current meme of the Right is to put out blanket anti-federal propaganda- which naturally calls into question why they want to be a part of the federal government in the first place if it such an awful thing... their solution? feudalism.... brilliant!

    October 7, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Liz gave her life to public service? Being a talking head on Fox foreign owned media is not public service. Public disservice maybe.

    October 7, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. rs

    "I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."
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    More proof the GOP is hoping for chaos over order. Their "freedoms" cost the rest of America their basic rights.

    October 7, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Woman In California

    Even a state as small as Wyoming must have enough sensible people to know the history of the Cheney's. And it AIN'T good.

    October 7, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. anonymous

    Liz should have moved to a red state where one of the nine vulnerable red state Democrat Senators are going to get tossed. She would have won easily there. Red state Democrat Senators are all going DOWN thanks to Obama and Obamacare.

    October 7, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Thomas

    In 2002, Cheney was appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

    A job created for Liz by her father , the vice president .

    October 7, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Flagship, NC

    NO MORE Cheneys IN GOVERNMENT! We are still recovering from the last one.

    October 7, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. rs

    anonymous

    Liz should have moved to a red state where one of the nine vulnerable red state Democrat Senators are going to get tossed. She would have won easily there. Red state Democrat Senators are all going DOWN thanks to Obama and Obamacare.
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    Seen the weekend polling on the government shutdown yet? Heh, heh.

    October 7, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    "I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."
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    Has anyone else noticed that that statement is self-contradictory? "...must be decided by the states......not even by legislators by the people...." She's trying to invoke the anti-government "states rights" argument, but fails to realize that it contradicts the "people want freedom" argument. Which is it? Do the people decide, or do the state legislators decide?

    October 7, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. alex

    "Our core values are under attack, and we will stand for those who stand for what's right," she said.

    Well, fortunately for us Americans, your core values are in direct conflict with the Constitution's core values, which are equality and freedom from religion.

    October 7, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |