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. William

    Joke of the Day! I needed a good laugh!

    July 17, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  2. Name Marty

    Missing, however, "were" not was

    July 17, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  3. mezmama

    Doesn't she realize her father is a war criminal? Does she even care?

    July 17, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  4. Zil Zerimar

    Oh God please help America. Please.....

    July 17, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  5. Zil Zerimar

    Freedom of speech. I hope she will also question his father with regards to TORTURE.

    July 17, 2013 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  6. tttman

    it sounds more like she's trying to run for president of the US.

    July 17, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  7. enuff

    Just because her family has a house in Jackson Hole, it doesn't mean she has any obligation to represent Wyoming constituents.

    July 17, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  8. Pinolera

    Horror of horrors! The wife of the creepiest man on Earth. Like attracts like. Heaven help us!

    July 17, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  9. maruzicho

    Why not give it a shot.

    July 17, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  10. PDXSerric

    So yet another would-be politician who thinks it appropriate to champion herself on her opponent's weaknesses rather than any of her own strengths. Just what America needs... more rhetoric.

    The GOP needs to take two steps to the left. The Dems need to take two steps to the right. We need a government that governs and leads from the center, not the fringe. Anyone who argues against a central, balanced government is only sowing more of the same problems they claim so feverishly to correct.

    July 17, 2013 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  11. Chris

    She represents everything that is wrong with today┬┤s hyperpartisan political culture.

    July 17, 2013 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  12. Doug

    Really... Lady, I think we had enough of your corrupt old man for a lifetime.. Thanks lady, but no thanks.... The fact of the matter is your father should be charge with war crimes...

    July 17, 2013 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  13. brooke

    Well the Republicans need to get rid of the religious fanatics, that's for sure. They are running the party into the ground and making normal, logical, Republicans with actual thought look bad by association. Democrats also need to clean up their party as well...

    July 17, 2013 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  14. Richard Pennington

    Not a word about her being a lesbian. PC rules!

    July 17, 2013 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  15. cheneytheamericanpsycho

    She chairs a nonprofit on national security (which is becoming worse than the SS) and education (which is in the toilet. kids learn NOTHING in todays education system)...... yeah, like we need another daughter of a serial murderer in the Senate.

    July 17, 2013 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  16. Nodack

    "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."

    I don't think she has anything to worry about. I'm sure they will stay out on the outer fringes of the far right.

    July 17, 2013 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  17. Wayne

    booooooo! that's all

    July 17, 2013 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  18. Zogzog

    Please God NO!

    July 17, 2013 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  19. adsas

    Suddenly, Liz thinks she's a leader. Where were your leadership skills when your father's administration was against gay rights?

    July 17, 2013 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  20. baker boy

    Oh great just what the country needs,another Cheney in Government. See the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, she's already talking about WAR all be it Obama against the U.S. public. Hey she can always ask he father how to get deferred if she chooses not to fight,the further info on how to start few!

    July 17, 2013 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  21. Maltytasker

    Oh great. She thinks her party is moving too far to the middle and wants to keep it far right, as if the GOP isn't already bordering on Fascism. Her father did more to damage this country than any other vice president in history, and she wants to keep that legacy going.

    July 17, 2013 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  22. akita96th

    Same old stuff only now it wears a dress nothing will change..

    July 17, 2013 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  23. Churn O'bill

    Wait, she's the one who doesn't eat pie, right?

    July 17, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  24. really

    "Our mission is to re-elect our incumbents and build a Republican majority,"

    This is why we, as citizens, are screwed.

    July 17, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  25. a. leigh

    The last thing we need is another crook named Cheney in our government.

    July 17, 2013 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
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