- Rep. Liz Cheney said Wednesday she would decide the 2024 election plans over the “coming months.”
- Harriet Hageman, with Trump’s backing, defeated Cheney in Wyoming’s GOP primary on Tuesday.
Rep. Liz Cheney, former President Donald Trump’s most prominent Republican critic, said she plans to run for president, hours after her crushing defeat in her GOP primary in Wyoming.
A 2024 campaign “is something I’m thinking about and will be deciding in the months ahead,” Cheney told NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday morning. She did not mention whether she would run as a Republican. There has been speculation that she could mount a campaign as an independent.
In the meantime, the three-term House lawmaker and deputy chair of the Jan. 6 committee said she is focused on “doing whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office,” a- she declared.
Trump, who has backed Cheney opponent Harriet Hageman, has teased a re-election campaign but has not officially announced he is running in 2024. He faces legal investigations on many fronts, including a investigation related to classified documents removed last week from his estate in Florida.
Key points to remember:
- Cheney will launch a new organization aimed squarely at blocking the re-election of former President Donald Trump.
- With the loss of Cheney, Trump’s work to defeat the 10 House Republicans who voted for his impeachment in January 2021 has been rewarded. Here’s how these 10 have fared so far.
- In the Alaska primary, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski qualified for the general election, along with challenger Kelly Tshibaka. In the home race, Sarah Palin moved into the November election, along with challengers Nick Begich III and Mary Peltola.
- Former Vice President Mike Pence, another possible 2024 nominee, suggested in New Hampshire on Wednesday that he would consider testifying before the Jan. 6 committee, which is investigating Trump’s involvement in the Capitol riot. .
Cheney timeline:How Liz Cheney went from Trump supporter and GOP leader to his fiercest critic and GOP outcast
Wyoming, Alaska primaries:Key takeaway: Cheney loses to Hageman in Wyoming; Alaska’s Murkowski and Palin advance to general rank
Even before she lost her Republican House primary on Tuesday in Wyoming, political analysts had predicted the rocky road Rep. Liz Cheney would face if she sought the nation’s highest office.
For months, the hon. member has indicated that she has been thinking about it. On Wednesday, she made that a reality by revamping her campaign finance account as a leadership PAC aimed at preventing former President Donald Trump from reentering the Oval Office.
But if she intends to keep him out by running against him in a Republican presidential primary — for which neither Cheney nor Trump have announced a candidacy — she faces almost certain doom, several said. analysts at USA TODAY.
“She could never, ever, ever, ever win a Republican primary,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh, who served in the House as a Republican from Illinois before Trumpism prompted him to quit. left. The base has become “radicalized” and “there is no place for Liz Cheney in the party”.
Rick Wilson, co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, said he didn’t see traditional conservative Cheney changing the party enough to win him over. “I don’t believe the Republican Party can be revived as long as Trump has an iron fist on it.”
Cheney has ticked off the party base too much to win a primary, according to Republican strategist Susan Del Percio. “She follows a playbook that is true and good for the public commission and awful politically.”
– Woodall Candy
When asked if she would rule out running as a third-party candidate in 2024, Cheney told Politico“I’m really not focused on those kinds of details at all.”
Cheney said his focus is on completing his term in Congress, educating people across the country about what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, and “making sure people understand how dangerous he is. to vote for, to support the Holocaust deniers”.
“Then I will look to what comes after that,” she said.
Pence says he would ‘consider’ testifying before Jan. 6 committee if asked
As Cheney repositioned himself for a possible national campaign following his loss in Wyoming, divisions within the GOP over former President Donald Trump were on display when the former Vice President Mike Pence made an appearance in New Hampshire on Wednesday.
Pence, who is himself a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said he would consider testifying before the Jan. 6 committee if asked. While Pence added numerous caveats and stressed that he had constitutional concerns about appearing before the congressional committee, his remark was the latest example of Pence distancing himself from Trump.
“If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it,” Pence said in a speech at a New Hampshire event that aired on NBC. Pence was speaking at the “Politics & Eggs” breakfast, an event that describes itself as a “must stop” on the presidential campaign trail. New Hampshire plays a crucial role in selecting presidential candidates as it holds its primary elections early, right after the Iowa caucus kicks off the nomination process.
–Caren Bohan, Ella Lee
Pence testimony? :Former Vice President Mike Pence says he would ‘consider’ testifying before January 6 committee if asked
Murkowski leads Alaska Senate challengers
Republican Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski will be eligible to run for another term, after qualifying for the November general election on Tuesday.
Murkowski’s challenger, Kelly Tshibaka, also qualified for November, where they will both enter a choice ballot in the fall after going through the state’s new nonpartisan primary system.
Murkowski’s broad base of Republicans, Democrats and independents could help him retain the seat for a fourth term.
The senator is the only member of her chamber to vote to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial that faces voters this year. Others have retired or are eligible for re-election in 2024 or later.
– Woodall Candy
Businessman Nick Begich III, former Governor Sarah Palin and tribal activist Mary Peltola will run in November’s general election for Alaska’s sole congressional district.
The three candidates are also competing in a special election to fill the seat until the end of the term of the late Representative Don Young, who died earlier this year. The results of this vote will not be available for days as mail-in ballots are counted.
Begich and Palin are Republicans; Peltola is a Democrat. The state’s nonpartisan primary system allows the top four vote recipients to qualify for the general election, regardless of their political party.
In another sign she could be running for president, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., filed a form Wednesday morning with the Federal Election Commission to revamp her campaign account.
The account, which held about $7 million at the end of July, is now a leadership PAC called “The Great Task.”
The big spot was the name of the latest ad from Cheney’s failed re-election campaign and a line from former President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which she referenced in her concession speech Tuesday night.
The change follows Cheney’s pledge to do “whatever it takes” to fight any re-election of former President Donald Trump, who has his own leadership PAC called “Save America.” Trump used money from that fund to support Harriet Hageman, who defeated Cheney in the Wyoming primary.
– Woodall Candy
Rep. Liz Cheney will launch an organization in the coming weeks to mobilize a unified effort opposing any election bid by former President Donald Trump and educating the American people about the current threat to democracy, her spokesperson Jeremy confirmed. Adler at USA TODAY Wednesday morning. .
The new organization was first reported by Politico Playbook.
Cheney’s new group is yet to be named and is being formed as she eyes a 2024 presidential run.
– Woodall Candy
Tuesday night, after conceding defeat to Hageman, Cheney told a crowd of supporters, “This primary election is over but now the real work begins.”
Cheney again denounced Trump for his “lies” about the 2020 election, and indicated that she would work against other Republican “deniers” seeking office across the country in this year’s election.
At the time, Cheney did not hint at his own presidential campaign in 2024, or discuss in detail his ongoing work on the Jan. 6 congressional committee investigation.