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. trueblue

    So your sorry ass lying dad screwed this country up so now its your turn, go for America a second generation screw-up. we love our country as long as you hate Obama your in ( DIVIDE and CONCUR nothing new here move.

    July 17, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  2. cm

    wouldn't get my vote, with a daddy like that.

    July 17, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. Stephen M

    Oh excellent! I'm going to get some soda and chips and watch this comedy unfold. It's starting already everyone! It's starting!

    July 17, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  4. loyalright

    Great opportunity to vote out a member of the GOP establishment. It's time for new ideas and the time is now. Plus she is easy on the eyes.

    July 17, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  5. roy

    Wyoming voters will vote her into office then complain about her zero performance.

    July 17, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  6. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Riding Dick's coattails?

    July 17, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  7. innominate

    Let's hope daughter Liz has a better grasp of elevation than her mom.

    Dick's wife once went on FOX News where she described how she
    had presented an award to the author of a children's book so superior
    that in her mind it "gravitated right to the top."

    The poor woman doesn't know up from down.

    As Cokie Roberts's book title suggests, they are their mothers' daughters...

    July 17, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  8. Tom

    No More NeoCons !!!!!!!!! No Liz !!

    July 17, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. ellid

    Oh goody. Yet another Cheney. I wonder if she's as corrupt as her father?

    July 17, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Be Sane

    Please God, save us from another Cheney.

    July 17, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  11. on streetwise

    On Liz; NO Comment!

    July 17, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Steveo

    That is her right, next story, please!

    July 17, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. mole man

    I wonder if she will support gay rights or claim there daughter does not exist

    July 17, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. edog355

    The spawn of Satan is seeking a Senate seat? Wow as if the US isn't screwed up enough.

    July 17, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. jinx9to88

    All her opponent has to do is run all the lies her father has said and its a done deal. WMD? enough said!!!

    July 17, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Dallas

    We've had enough Cheney's in our government to last a lifetime. Please Liz just go away – sit down and be quiet. You contribute nothing but more divisivness.

    July 17, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Mr. Moderate

    Uhhhhh....Richard Pennington.....her sister Mary Cheney is the lesbian. Yet again a false conspiracy.

    But anyway, Liz is the one who inherited he father's sense of evil.

    July 17, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Say it aint so

    Another Chaney?? Are you kidding? Why do people who hate government want to work in it?

    July 17, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. griffbos

    Her Father was popular in the State and I am sure still carries weight so regardless of what the GOP Senate comm. wants it will be up to the voters.. I think she has a good chance of knocking him off, and I am sure her dad and his friends advised her before making the leap after all the don;t want a loss

    July 17, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. John

    Another republican that wants to suck from the government teat. Her only political aspirations are to set herself up with a nice income and benefits for the rest of her life, and she hopes name recognition will do it for her. Unfortunately, that last name is not likely to help you accomplish that goal.

    July 17, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Yeah, well. Whatever.

    July 17, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. John

    @griffbos-her dad's friends include Mr. Rove. How'd his approach fare in the last election?

    July 17, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. loyalright

    The WAR on women continues from the Liberal Extremist. You can read it in these comments. Fully exposed hatred from the left. I'm not surprised. Where do I send my check Senator Cheney?

    July 17, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. jeff raney

    enzi was worth 40k when he went to DC,now he is a multi-millionaire and has a voting record that is solid progressive,every bill with his name on it has stripped individual rights and freedoms,cheney's family (father and husband)has made millions on the federal payroll,I live in wyoming ,unfortunately none of the above is not an option here.

    July 17, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. ART

    What about her brother Luke Skywalker is he not interested in politics

    July 17, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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