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Liz Cheney: I wouldn’t vote for Syria authorization

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney says she would not vote to authorize the use of military force in Syria.

Mrs. Cheney, who is running for Senate as a Republican in Wyoming, said on Tuesday that she could not support military action against Syria because President Obama has failed to develop a plan with defined goals, the Jackson Hole News&Guide reported.

Echoing sentiments from other Republicans such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, she said Mr. Obama should have acted earlier in the conflict between Syrian rebels and the regime of President Bashar Assad.

In June, her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, also questioned the Obama administration's handling of the situation.

"You had an opportunity earlier to provide support without having to get American forces directly involved," Mr. Cheney said then on "Fox News Sunday." "And they took a pass. Now they are going to do it, but the question is whether or not they are a day late and a dollar short."

Mrs. Cheney, who is challenging incumbent GOP Sen. Michael B. Enzi in a primary, urged a crowd of about 150 Jackson Hole tea party members not to believe the press, which she said will try to portray the Syria debate as a battle between wings of the Republican Party.

She also slammed the News&Guide for a recent article about her posting a $220 bond for swearing a false oath to obtain a Wyoming resident fishing license.

"Newspapers are dying, and that's not a bad thing," she said. "We're not depending on the Jackson Hole News&Guide to get the news out. We're depending on ourselves. We're going to go over their heads."

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