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Liz Cheney to Run for Senate in Wyoming

Liz Cheney to Run for Senate in Wyoming

By Scott Conroy - July 16, 2013

Liz Cheney -- an outspoken, hard-line conservative and the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney -- announced on Tuesday afternoon that she will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi for his Wyoming seat in a primary election next year.

Cheney, 46, purchased a home last year in the heavily Republican state where Enzi is a popular three-term senator; the New York Times reported earlier this month that she has been exploring a Senate run.

In an online video announcing the campaign launch, Cheney offered a taste of her provocative style when she accused President Obama of “working to disarm America.”

“I am running for the United States Senate because I believe deeply in the values that have made our state and our nation great,” she said. “I’m running because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate.”

Cheney did not mention Enzi’s name in the video, but her head-to-head matchup against him appears set to be another iteration of the Tea Party vs. the Republican establishment dynamic that has upended the GOP since 2010.

In an apparent effort to demonstrate his intention of rebuffing Cheney strongly, Enzi said Tuesday that he intends to run again and told reporters in Washington that his opponent had not told him of her intention before announcing.

“Well, she said that if I ran, she wasn’t going to run, but obviously that wasn’t correct,” Enzi said, adding, “I thought we were friends.” 

Cheney is an attorney who worked at the State Department during George W. Bush's presidency. She had been a Fox News contributor until Tuesday; the news outlet terminated her contract, as it has done with other commentators who have run for office.

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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