Cheney says daughter Liz will win Senate bid
October 27th, 2013
01:17 PM ET
9 years ago

Cheney says daughter Liz will win Senate bid

Washington (CNN) - They were supposedly "fishing buddies."

But Dick Cheney said Sunday he and Wyoming's incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Enzi never went fishing together, and he confidently predicted his daughter Liz would succeed in her bid to win Enzi’s seat.

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"She's going to win," Cheney told George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Sunday morning on ABC's "This Week."

Cheney shrugged off Enzi's charges that the former vice president violated an unspoken code - when you've shared the same canoe, your daughter does not try to take the other fisherman's job - when Liz Cheney unveiled her Senate bid. Cheney said the fishing expedition "never happened."

The former vice president said his daughter is "going full speed" in her attempt to unseat the three-term senator, evidenced by her third-quarter fundraising haul of over $1 million. Enzi said he was "blindsided" when Liz Cheney announced her primary run. She made the announcement on the Web just 30 minutes after Enzi announced his re-election bid, taking swipes at the 69-year-old's age and calling for a "new generation of leaders to step up."

Her father took a different tack Sunday, accusing Enzi of catering to Washington's special interests in exchange for campaign cash.

"Mike has a record ... of getting about 84% of his campaign funds from Washington-based PACs," Cheney said. "That's more than any senator in either party."

"He doesn't get much money from Wyoming," Cheney added.

Despite his ultimate insider status - having served as secretary of defense under George H.W. Bush, White House chief of staff to Gerald Ford, and House minority whip, in addition to vice president under George W. Bush - Cheney painted his daughter as a Washington outsider and Enzi as a creature of D.C. who has overstayed his welcome.

"The fact of the matter is, Washington is not going to elect the next senator from Wyoming." Cheney said. "The people of Wyoming will elect that senator."

Filed under: Dick Cheney • Liz Cheney • Mike Enzi
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. rs

    The Kochs probably paid for it already. Too bad for the citizens of Wyoming that the GOP carpetbags then.

    October 27, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Michael Benjamin

    What else is the warmonger going to say?

    October 27, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Sorry Darth Cheney. You poisoned the Cheney name for years and years and years to come

    October 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Winston Smith

    Cheney, Your day in the limelight is gone. Shame the legacy left behind has such a stench. Go someplace and chill.

    October 27, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    I hope she does. She has a darn good head on her shoulders.

    October 27, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |