Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said Tuesday that she will challenge Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming in the Republican primary next year — setting the stage for another high-profile intra-party battle.
Ms. Cheney made the announcement in a 5-minute video statement posted at YouTube.com on Tuesday afternoon.
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In the video, titled “Liz Cheney: A Strong Voice for Wyoming,” Ms. Cheney never names or directly alludes to Mr. Enzi. Instead she speaks about her Wyoming roots, criticizes the federal deficit and debt, and makes the standard conservative criticisms of President Obama — “a war on our 2nd Amendment rights,” the IRS conservative-targeting scandal and “us[ing] the EPA to launch a war on Wyoming’s ranchers, our farmers and our energy industry.”
She also vows to “never compromise when our freedom is at stake” and criticizes a “go along to get along” mentality in Washington.
The University of Virginia’s Center for Politics rates the seat, representing a state that last elected a Democrat to Congress in 1976, as “safe Republican.”
The Associated Press first broke the news, a couple weeks after the New York Times reported that Ms. Cheney was preparing to take on Mr. Enzi, who is in his third term.