Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, delivers her “A Time for Choosing” speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in in Simi Valley, Calif., on June 29, 2022.
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- Rep. Liz Cheney during an interview that aired on Sunday said she has not ruled out a 2024 White House bid.
- “I’ll make a decision about ’24 down the road,” she told ABC Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl.
- Cheney has sought to steer the GOP away from the influence of former President Donald Trump.
Rep. Liz Cheney in an interview that aired on Sunday said she has not ruled out a 2024 presidential campaign, which could put her on a collision course with former President Donald Trump should he launch another campaign.
While speaking with ABC’s “This Week” with chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl, the Wyoming Republican indicated that she has not yet made any definitive plans about a White House bid.
“I haven’t made a decision about that yet. I’m obviously very focused on my reelection. I’m very focused on the January 6th committee. I’m very focused on my obligations to do the job that I have now,” she said.
Cheney faces a tough reelection challenge next month, where she faces several candidates in a GOP primary, including water rights attorney Harriet Hageman, who earned the support of Trump and dozens of House Republicans.
But she still had the 2024 within sight, even though she did not have a firm answer about a potential campaign.
“I’ll make a decision about ’24 down the road,” she said. “But 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’s in a position of public trust now, how do I make sure that I’m doing everything I can to do the right thing? To do what I know is right for the country and to protect our Constitution?”
The congresswoman, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was first elected to the House in 2016 and quickly rose up the leadership ladder, becoming the House Republican Conference Chair in 2019.
However, she broke away from Trump after January 6, rejecting his allegations of a stolen election and voting to impeach him for “incitement of insurrection” for his actions on that day.
Her opposition to the former commander-in-chief’s claims of a stolen election in 2020 led her GOP colleagues to oust her from House leadership, but she continued in her work probing the insurrection as the vice chair of the January 6 committee.
And in her latest interview, Cheney told Karl that Republicans must step up and articulate a forward-thinking vision for the party.
“Those of us who believe in Republican principles and ideals have a responsibility to try to lead the party back to what it can be,” she said.