Liz Cheney asserts her Wyoming roots in first ad
November 13th, 2013
08:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Liz Cheney asserts her Wyoming roots in first ad

(CNN) - A fifth-generation Wyomingite, a family woman of conservative principles, and a member of a new generation of leaders.

That's the picture Liz Cheney's campaign paints in its first television ad, which will debut across the Cowboy State on Thursday.

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"I'll fight hard, I'll fight smart, and I'll get the job done," says Cheney, the eldest daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, who served for a decade as a congressman from Wyoming.

The former State Department official and Fox News contributor announced her candidacy in mid-July, challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Enzi. A three-term senator, Enzi was caught off guard by Cheney's announcement, telling reporters at the time that she had previously promised not to not enter the Republican primary if he sought re-election.

Since then, Cheney's campaign has torn into the 69-year old senior senator, calling his age into question.

"I'm running for the United States Senate because it's time for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate," she says in the new ad.

For its part, the Enzi campaign and its affiliates have questioned Cheney's Wyoming roots.

Some have accused the Wisconsin-born, Virginia-raised lawyer of being a carpetbagger, and the social-conservative PAC American Principles Fund called her "wrong for Wyoming" in television ads this fall.

That charge is one Cheney is actively combating. The new ad features childhood photos from her time in Wyoming, a family tree of famous Wyomingites dating back to 1852, and lots of air time for her husband and five children, with whom she moved to Jackson Hole last year.

The primary will take place next February, and the general election, next November.

–CNN's Conor Finnegan contributed to this report.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. S. B. Stein

    She is a carpetbagger. When was the last time before this campaign that she spent more than a year or so in the state?

    November 13, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    I thought Dick only left Texas for Wyoming because we were not supposed to have a president and Vice President from the same state. No more Cheney's.

    November 13, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. freedom

    Now, this is a woman of intelligence and integrity.

    November 13, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. ladies first

    theres a new kid in town and she is bringing good change

    November 13, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Give me a brake !

    She still thinks climate change is a conspiracy done with photoshop .

    November 14, 2013 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  6. ThinkAgain: The GOP owes our nation $24 billion

    And if Wyoming is dumb enough to elect her, she'll just be another Dick puppet.

    November 14, 2013 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  7. Jonathon Powelly

    Right – sh'e spent the majority of her life in Virginia.

    November 14, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  8. prince

    You are a mull like your father.Any attempt by you or family to stage a come back to Washington will fail. You family had already erased his name from the good book of America rulers. All what George Bush and father did to America will linger on in the mind of American people born and yet unborn.

    November 14, 2013 03:30 am at 3:30 am |

    Don't change a single thing Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts. Stand for your principles! Everything is fine when you are
    taken over by ADolph Cheney's slimy family.

    November 14, 2013 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  10. Marie MD

    So the rich little "twig" girl was able to go with her trigger happy daddy on vacation to Wyoming but it was not good enough until last year to live in year round.

    November 14, 2013 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  11. Al

    the cheney name alone is a total turn-off

    November 14, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  12. Gurgyl

    First put Dick Cheney in gittmo.

    November 14, 2013 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  13. king

    owh another right wingnut that will say no to everything, nothing here to see folks just keep on moviing

    November 14, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |