Ex-vice president's daughter Liz Cheney to run for Senate

Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:56pm EDT

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney (R) and his daughter Liz Cheney Perry walk inside the Auschwitz museum near former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to lay flowers at the wall of death in Oswiecim, in this file photo taken January 28, 2005. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney (R) and his daughter Liz Cheney Perry walk inside the Auschwitz museum near former death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau to lay flowers at the wall of death in Oswiecim, in this file photo taken January 28, 2005.

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(Reuters) - Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, announced on Tuesday that she will challenge three-term incumbent and fellow Republican Mike Enzi for Wyoming's U.S. Senate seat in 2014.

Cheney, 46, launched herself into the race with a nearly six-minute Web video in which she laid out a conservative agenda, calling the federal government too large and wasteful of taxpayer dollars, and sharply criticized Democratic President Barack Obama.

"President Obama has launched a war on our Second Amendment rights, he's launched a war on our religious freedom, he's used the IRS to launch a war on our freedom of speech and he's used the EPA to launch a war on Wyoming's ranchers, our farmers and our energy industry," she said on the video.

In announcing her first campaign for political office, Cheney did not mention Enzi by name but said that she was running in part "because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate."

"I'm running because I know, as a mother and a patriot, that we can no longer afford simply to go along to get along," said Cheney, who has five children with her husband Philip Perry, former general counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Enzi did not comment directly on Cheney's announcement on Tuesday but said in a statement released by his campaign office that he intended to run for re-election in 2014.

"When I announce formally, I will let everyone know that date in the future. In the meantime, I will do the job I was already elected to do," said Enzi, who was first elected to the Senate in 1996 and has been re-elected twice by a comfortable margin.

Cheney's announcement comes as Republicans, who control the U.S. House of Representatives, seek to regain a majority in the Senate in the 2014 elections.

"I'm a big fan of Liz Cheney. But not in this race," former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted, adding in a second post that "divisive, internal GOP fights aren't helpful."

Cheney, who describes herself in a biography on her official campaign website as a "fourth-generation Wyomingite," is an attorney who served in the U.S. Department of State during the administration of President George W. Bush and appears on television as an analyst and political commentator for Fox News.

Her father served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Gunna Dickson and Lisa Shumaker)

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AlkalineState wrote:
Yes, because today’s GOP is not crazy and right-wing enough. They need a Cheney in the Senate. And not even the cute, gay Cheney daughter (Mary). Rather….the crazy Bachmann-like daughter. Go for it.

Good times. GOP is dead.

Jul 16, 2013 6:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
DDuvall wrote:
Having another Cheney anywhere in sight is like having another Bush in sight. Makes you want to VOMIT! I love how clueless Tricky Dicky and George W.’s families are on how much the MAJORITY of Americans loath these egomaniacal, warmongering, theiving (Halliburton) creeps are. Don’t agree. Hmmm…check on the elections of 2008 and 2012.

Jul 16, 2013 7:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Brandy812 wrote:
The real question in my mind is what part did Ms Cheney play in her father’s career as VP? This is a lady, whose father is still pushing the wars that he contributed to as Vice President.

She attacks the ever vulnerable Barack Obama and gives the line that we have to win our country back. But where does Ms Cheney stand with regard to the wars that her father started, contributed to, and continues to support?

The Cheneys & Bushes just aren’t getting it with regard to the wars. We need to be done with the wars. Many people believed Barack Obama when he said he would get us out of the wars. What is different about Ms Cheney that we should believe her?

Prior to her announcement, has Ms Cheney taken a public anti-war stance in defiance of her father? Lacking that, Ms Cheney has no more credibility than any of the Bushes or other Cheneys.

Jul 16, 2013 7:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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