- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 24, 2022

Rep. Liz Cheney, ousted from her GOP leadership position in Congress for her anti-Donald Trump stance, said Sunday she’s undecided about whether she will mount her own darkhorse 2024 bid for the presidency.

Despite being a staunch conservative, the Wyoming Republican faces a steep uphill battle to hold on to her seat in Congress thanks to her position against the former president and her role in investigating his efforts to overturn the 2020 election as part of the Jan. 6 House committee.

“I have not made a decision on 2024,” Ms. Cheney told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I am really very focused on the substance of what we have to do on the select committee, very focused on the work that I have to do to represent the people of Wyoming. I’ll make a decision on 2024 down the road.”

Speaking of future presidential elections, she warned voters of her belief that “our nation stands on the edge of an abyss.”

“I do believe that we all have to really think very seriously about the dangers we face and the threats we face. And we have to elect serious candidates,” Ms. Cheney said. “We have got to elect people who will take their obligations and their oaths seriously and who will deal with issues of substance with respect for people who have disagreements.”

Ms. Cheney voted to impeach former President Trump and serves as vice chair of the Jan. 6 House select committee probing last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Mr. Trump is expected to run again, but it’s unclear whether he’ll announce before or after the November midterm elections.

He endorsed Ms. Cheney’s opponent, Harriet Hageman, in the Republican primary for Wyoming’s only House seat. The primary is set for Aug. 16.

Recent polls spell bad news for Ms. Cheney, despite her household name. Her father, Dick Cheney, served as vice president to former President George W. Bush.

A survey earlier this month showed Ms. Cheney trailing her challenger by roughly 22 percentage points.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Ms. Cheney said she does not view her role on the Jan. 6 panel “through a political lens.”

“I look at it through the angle of: People need to understand how dangerous he is and how unfit for office he is,” she told the outlet. “I believe this is the most important thing I’ve ever done professionally, and maybe the most important thing I ever do.”

Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this report.

• Ramsey Touchberry can be reached at rtouchberry@washingtontimes.com.

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