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Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, who appears likely to lose her Wyoming congressional seat to a Trump-backed challenger in this month’s GOP primary, is again teasing a possible 2024 presidential run.
“At this point, I haven’t made a decision on 2024 …. I’ll make a decision on 2024 down the road,” Cheney said, adding that she is focused on her work with the Jan. 6 committee.
“But I do think as we look towards the next presidential election, as I said, you know, I believe that our nation stands on the edge of an abyss and 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,” Cheney added.
During a recent interview on ABC News’s “This Week,” host Jonathan Karl asked Cheney if she had any plans to run for president in 2024 “as a way to prevent what you say would be destruction to the party.”
“I haven’t made a decision about that yet. I’m obviously very focused on my reelection. I’m very focused on the January 6 committee,” Cheney responded. “I’m very focused on my obligations to do the job that I have now.”
Cheney added that she would make a decision about whether or not to run for president “down the road.”
“I think about it less in terms of a decision about running for office and more in terms of, as an American and as somebody who is in a position of public trust now, how do I make sure that I’m doing everything I can do the right thing—to do what I know is right for the country and to protect our constitution,” she noted.
Meantime, Cheney is also drawing heat from voters in her home state of Wyoming as she faces a tough re-election bid ahead of a contested GOP primary — which she is trailing.
Voters, in particular, lamented Cheney’s antics as co-chair of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee, which she co-chairs and whose members were hand-selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Are you planning to vote for Liz Cheney?” CNN’s Randi Kaye asked Wyoming voter Sharon Tuggle at the Frontier Days rodeo in Cheyenne.
“Hell no. She’s done us dirty,” Tuggle said, confirming to Kaye that Cheney lost her vote because of her part on the January 6th committee. “Look at how she’s done Trump.”
“She is supposed to be supporting him,” added Tuggle. “She is a Republican, for crying out loud.”
“Here in Cheyenne, more than 1600 miles from Washington, almost everyone we spoke with told us they believe Liz Cheney is too focused on Donald Trump and the January 6th committee and not paying enough attention to what they believe matters to the people here in Wyoming,” CNN noted in a tweet containing video clips of the network’s interviews with rodeo fans.
CNN: "Here in Cheyenne, more than 1600 miles from Washington, almost everyone we spoke with told us they believe Liz Cheney is too focused on Donald Trump and the January 6th committee and not paying enough attention to what they believe matters to the people here in Wyoming." pic.twitter.com/fpV63S8Mln
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) August 1, 2022
“Personally, I think she’s had three too many,” another voter told Kaye regarding Cheney’s bid for a fourth term.
Another voter claimed that Cheney’s work on the “January 6th committee was just repulsive.”
“It’s all a hoax. It’s all propaganda. It has nothing to do with anything. It’s a witch hunt,” noted Wyoming voter Andrew Kahler to Kaye.
“She says she’s defending what’s important to people here in Wyoming, upholding the rule of law and defending the Constitution,” Kaye told voter Brett Kupec.
“If that was the rule of law, why doesn’t he have a defense team in that courtroom?” Kupec responded. “That ain’t a rule of law. That’s a kangaroo court. That’s not the Wyoming way.”
Another voter said Cheney is just “an embarrassment.”
“She doesn’t know what her constituents want here because she’s lost touch with the values of the people,” one man told Kaye.
“I don’t feel like she supports her people here in Wyoming anymore,” another woman offered. “The things that she’s voting for don’t really reflect what the people here in Wyoming feel.”