July 16th, 2013
05:41 PM ET
10 years 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. Matt

    She is correct that the party leadership is trying to steer the party too much towards the center. So naturally the party committee says they will help the incumbent. The Elites are what is wrong with today's GOP, and they are the big reason I left.

    July 17, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    The "Rules" don't apply to the Cheney's. Get a Draft Notice; get a College Student Deferment. Get another Notice after College Deferments were stopped; get your wife pregnant. Hell Liz Cheney is Dick Cheney's Vietnam War "LOVE CHILD". So what if some other dumb luck kid from Wyoming went to 'Nam in Dick's place. That's the way the "Game" is played for the Well Connected.

    July 17, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Vince

    Let the infighting being!!! When we don't learn the lessons from 2012...we repeat them in 2014!!!

    July 17, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. ladyjag

    We have had enough Cheney's in washington, hope she does not win

    July 17, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. vic

    Yes, move the GOP more to the right. Soon, they will diappear..best for our county!!

    July 17, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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