July 16th, 2013
05:41 PM ET
9 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. bailee

    Oh, Dear GOD . . . Please send her to that new planet that was discovered, along with Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann!! PLEASE.......or PLEASE . . . not another Cheney!!

    July 16, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. James Napoli

    Arrogance runs in the family.

    July 16, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Who in their right mind would vote for her?

    Not to mention she's got no Platform. Hate for the current president is NOT a platform. She's gonna have to better than that. Being an extremist zealout is NOT the kind of person we're looking for to represent us in this nation. We don't need her kind of damage

    July 16, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. jon

    Good god – not another Cheney!

    July 16, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |

    Yes, yes; and be sure and ride the same old horse as his record is quite impressive. Just kidding, do something different or don't do it.

    July 16, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Larry B.

    Oh my God, please no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Her locust like family and the Shrub family should be barred from political office unto the 10th generation.

    July 16, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. John Steel

    Funny there is no mention of the fact that this "conservative" Republican is a lesbian. How can she represent a party that abhors her lifestyle and sexuality? Another generation of Cheney hypocrisy.

    July 16, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. John Joyce

    This scares the hell out of me. If anyone is against American People is the Cheney's.
    Dick Cheney was behind the Patriot Act. How Dick Cheney removed John Ashcroft. Ashcroft stood up to say it was wrong to enact this Patriot Act. More people are in Prison because of the actions of the Bush administration. United States of America is no more because of Cheney's actions.

    July 16, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  9. S. Marchio


    July 16, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. james

    I have confidence that the good people of Wyoming will vote for any thoughtful and serious candidate over this raving and very angry chickenhawk. May she and her family fade into well-deserved oblivion.

    July 16, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. truthteller

    Yeah, good luck with that Darth Vader Jr.

    July 16, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Jim Marler

    Who could every trust one of Chaney off springs? A viper indeed!

    July 16, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Jim

    She's every bit as twisted, evil and vile as her old man.

    July 16, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. Dr. John LaPouke

    Liz is a worthless POS riding as far as she can on her war criminal fathers last name. I'll be sending money to all who oppose her.

    July 16, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Liz Cheney , why ?

    Her husband must be one miserable guy .

    July 16, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    Her criticizing the president is a bit of a laugh. Her father and the George W. Bush did a lot to start this roll down hill. She has no right to pass judgment unless she does it on her father.

    July 16, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. voiceinthewind

    Just what we need, the daughter of the Devil himself in congress. Put Cheeneey in prison where he belongs and castrate him before he can create another monster.

    July 16, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. retief1954

    Wonderful... more of the Cheney pestilence in the halls of America's government (which most uber-conservatives like Liz Cheney profess to despise). Liz might be even worse than the old man, if that's possible. (Hmm – on second thought, not possible.) Ms. Cheney, your input is not needed, thank you very much, step back now please.

    July 16, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. TellasisPatel

    "criticizing President Barack Obama, accusing him of announcing a war on Americans' freedoms of religion and speech." – Oh, Liz Cheney is talking while the war is going on our freedom of speech!! Very interesting.

    July 16, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Charles Norkoli

    Apparently she is against rebranding the Republican Party but that isn't keeping her from rebranding herself as a Westerner after living the good life in the East for all these years.

    July 16, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. Craig from Pa.

    Yawn! Just what we need, another Cheney....Guess they gotta keep milking government pensions and benefits for generations of Cheneys to come.....as if they haven't raped us enough already through the Halliburton shenanigans in the Middle East....

    July 16, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  22. Dan

    Nepotism and Koch money pretty much sum up today's Republican party. Go Team Obstruction!

    July 16, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |

    It is interesting that all the crazed comments made by both sides during the Martin/Zimmerman trial, were not moderated and the news stories that followed were nothing short of riot baiting; and yet, for a simple post where Liz Cheney is mentioned there is "moderation". Hypocritical at best.

    July 16, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. trashcup

    Great qualifications – daughter of the Darth Vader of politics, DICK.

    I can't even stand to listen to this woman's voice much less what she has to say. I'm going to have to move to Wyoming just so I can vote against this woman. Nasty. Nasty.

    July 16, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Bill Davis

    Another republican candidate with no platform and then she's the daughter of a war criminal. Yeah, only idiots would vote for her.

    July 16, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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