Rep. Liz Cheney, the highest-ranking Republican who voted for Trump's impeachment, leaves open the option of a presidential run
- Rep. Liz Cheney has not ruled out a possible presidential run in the future.
- “I’m not ruling anything in or out — ever is a long time,” Cheney told The New York Post.
- Cheney previously broke with her party and voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment.
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Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the highest-ranked Republican woman in Congress, left open the possibility of running for president during an interview with The New York Post published Monday.
“I’m not ruling anything in or out — ever is a long time,” Cheney told the outlet when asked if she would ever consider throwing her hat in the ring in the future.
Cheney did not specifically weigh in on a potential 2024 bid, but she did allude to certain GOP members who she believes should not be on the ballot in the upcoming presidential race.
“I do think that some of our candidates who led the charge, particularly the senators who led the unconstitutional charge, not to certify the election, you know, in my view that’s disqualifying,” Cheney told The New York Post. She was referring to a group of Republican lawmakers who challenged the 2020 presidential election results when Congress met to certify President Joe Biden’s win on January 6, the same day as the Capitol insurrection. Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, supporters of former President Donald Trump who are rumored to be eyeing the Republican nomination in 2024, are among those politicians.
Cheney added that “adherence to the Constitution” and “adherence to your oath has got to be at the top of the list” for a 2024 run.
Cheney sparked outrage from pro-Trump groups in the aftermath of the Capitol riot when she broke with her party and voted in favor of his impeachment on a charge of “incitement of insurrection.” As the No. 3 House Republican, many members of the caucus decried the move and sought to remove her from her leadership post, but the effort was unsuccessful.
Despite the backlash from her own party, Cheney has not shied away from speaking out publicly against Trump and has taken a markedly different tone toward him compared to her Republican colleagues, such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who has continued to embrace Trump. On Monday, Cheney told reporters that McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are currently the leaders of the Republican Party — not Trump.
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