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A July 17-18, 2013 poll conducted by Harper Polling, found that [[Wyoming]] [[Republican]] voters favor [[Mike Enzi]] 55% to Cheney's 21%.<ref name="wyo"/> The poll found that both candidates have near universal name recognition in the state. It also indicates Cheney faces an uphill battle for the seat, as incumbent [[Mike Enzi]] has a 73% approval rating.<ref name="wyo"/> 38% of those polled said that they had heard of Cheney, but had no opinion of her.<ref name="wyo">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/wyoming-senate-poll-liz-cheney-mike-enzi-94480.html?hp=f2 ''Politico'' "Poll: Mike Enzi crushing Liz Cheney in Wyo.," Accessed July 29, 2013]</ref>
 
A July 17-18, 2013 poll conducted by Harper Polling, found that [[Wyoming]] [[Republican]] voters favor [[Mike Enzi]] 55% to Cheney's 21%.<ref name="wyo"/> The poll found that both candidates have near universal name recognition in the state. It also indicates Cheney faces an uphill battle for the seat, as incumbent [[Mike Enzi]] has a 73% approval rating.<ref name="wyo"/> 38% of those polled said that they had heard of Cheney, but had no opinion of her.<ref name="wyo">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/wyoming-senate-poll-liz-cheney-mike-enzi-94480.html?hp=f2 ''Politico'' "Poll: Mike Enzi crushing Liz Cheney in Wyo.," Accessed July 29, 2013]</ref>
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Liz Cheney
Liz Cheney 2.jpeg
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Wyoming
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sColorado College
J.D.University of Chicago Law School
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Campaign website
Liz Cheney is a 2014 Republican Party candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate representing Wyoming.[1]

Biography

Cheney is the daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney. She graduated from Colorado College and the University of Chicago Law School. She is a Fox News contributor and the chair of Keep America Safe.[2]

Issues

Same-sex marriage

Mary Cheney, the younger sister of Liz Cheney, sharply criticized her sister’s stance on same-sex marriage and urged her own Facebook friends to share the message.[3][4][5]

Posting on Facebook on August 30, 2013, Mary Cheney, who is gay and married her longtime partner in 2012, wrote: “For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage.”[3]

Their father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, supports same-sex marriage, and the younger Cheney echoed some of his language on the issue when she added, “Freedom means freedom for everyone.”[3] “That means that all families — regardless of how they look or how they are made — all families are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protections as every other,” Mary Cheney wrote.[3]

Earlier on August 30, 2013, Liz Cheney revealed her position on same-sex marriage, a topic she has kept relatively quiet about since declaring her candidacy in July 2013 against incumbent Mike Enzi. “I am not pro-gay marriage,” Liz Cheney said in a statement responding to poll against her in Wyoming. “I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves.”[3]

That position — deferring to the will of the voters on a state-by-state basis — may represent something of a compromise between total support or opposition, but did little to placate her sister.[3]

“It’s not something to be decided by a show of hands,” Mary Cheney wrote. Mary Cheney concluded her Facebook post: “Please like and share if you agree.” In an e-mail, Mary Cheney declined to comment further on her sister’s position, saying she would let her Facebook post speak for itself.[3]

Wyoming Fishing License

Cheney came under fire in August 2013 for purchasing a resident fishing license in Wyoming, when she did not qualify.[6] Wyoming resident fishing licenses require the holder to reside in Wyoming for at least one year. Cheney did not meet that requirement. She posted a $220 bond and appeared in court on August 27, 2013, to address a charge of making a false statement to obtain a license. Cheney claimed she was not aware of the year requirement, but her application for the license says she had resided in Wyoming the last 10 years. Cheney denies telling the clerk the residency claim that appeared on the application.

Fishing is a popular sport in Wyoming and the charge reflects poorly on Cheney according to Wyoming Republican strategist, Liz Brimmer.[6] Brimmer said, “Allegedly poaching in a state where being a resident sportsman is, by law, an earned privilege. Wyoming people will take this very seriously.”[6]

Involvement in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

In September 2013, Cheney called President Obama's desired involvement in Syria "an amateurish approach to national security and foreign policy." She continued by confirming that she would not vote to authorize intervention in Syria.[7]

According to a report by The Hill in September 2013, Cheney was among four Republican senate candidates who had come out against intervening in Syria while the incumbent challenger, in this case Mike Enzi, remained undecided.[8]

Enzi blasted Cheney for her statements on Syria, telling POLITICO, "I never try to judge another person, particularly an opponent, but my dad always said, ‘If you want to see what somebody’s going to do, look and see what they’ve done before.' And this is kind of a turnaround from what she’s done before. I try to stay a bit more consistent than that."[9]

Cheney responded to Enzi's comments saying, " he lacks experience in national security and foreign policy so it isn’t surprising he would fail to make distinctions between a misguided attack on Syria and military operations that are necessary to defend the security of the nation."[9]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Wyoming, 2014

Cheney's July 2013 video, "A Strong Voice for Wyoming."

Cheney is running[10] for the U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming in 2014. She is challenging incumbent Republican Mike Enzi in the primary, which could lead to a heated race.[1] Jerry Moran, the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, announced the official party body will support Enzi and several senators have followed suit, including Wyoming Senator John Barrasso and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.[11]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Health care

In August 2013, Cheney called on Mike Enzi, among other congressional members, to renounce the agreement allowing the government to subsidize part of the health care premiums for Congressional members and their staff. "The hypocrisy is stunning...But all too typical of how Congress works. Members cut special deals for themselves so they don’t feel the pain their laws inflict on the general public. That’s one of the reasons I’m running for the Senate — to end this self-serving, behind the scenes deal-making." Enzi's campaign spokesperson responded, "Senator Enzi has already opposed it and the other exemptions and delays for businesses, insurance companies etc. Senator Enzi will continue his efforts to defund and dismantle Obamacare. He’ll make decisions about his own health care without help from candidate Cheney."[12]

Churchill controversy

Mike Enzi blasted Cheney for comments she made in September 2013. According to the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Cheney "compared herself to Winston Churchill standing up to Adolf Hitler" in a speech to her supporters on September 3, 2013.[13] Enzi referred to these comments in a interview with POLITICO. He said, "I had a lot of people who got ahold of me, and said, was she relating you to Adolf Hitler? So I certainly hope not…that’s a pretty strong statement to make against anybody, and it also called up some credibility on the Winston Churchill part too … If I’m involved in it, it was a terrible analogy, and probably one that deserved an apology."[9]

Cheney offered clarification on her analogy following Enzi's comments. She explained, "The historical analogy was not a comparison of anyone to past figures. My point is that there are turning points in the lives of nations. The spring of 1940 was one such moment, Reagan’s election in 1980 was another. These are moments of decision that determine the future of freedom, and I believe now is one of them."[9]

Gay marriage

American Principles Fund, a SuperPAC, is targeting Cheney's stance on gay marriage with a $140,000 ad buy. According to Politico, the ad references a 2009 MSNBC interview, in which Cheney "said she opposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and touted the State Department’s decision to 'extend benefits to same-sex partners.'" Earlier in 2013, Cheney released a statement saying, "“I believe the issue of marriage must be decided by the states, and by the people in the states, not by judges and not even by legislators, but by the people themselves."[14][15]

Polls

2014

A July 17-18, 2013 poll conducted by Harper Polling, found that Wyoming Republican voters favor Mike Enzi 55% to Cheney's 21%.[16] The poll found that both candidates have near universal name recognition in the state. It also indicates Cheney faces an uphill battle for the seat, as incumbent Mike Enzi has a 73% approval rating.[16] 38% of those polled said that they had heard of Cheney, but had no opinion of her.[16]

Personal

Cheney is married with five children.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Fox News "Liz Cheney eyes run for US Senate seat in Wyoming," Accessed July 12, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cheney for Wyoming, "About Liz," accessed September 2, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 NY Times, "Mary Cheney Criticizes Her Sister on Same-Sex Marriage," accessed September 2, 2013
  4. Washington Post, "Mary Cheney says Liz Cheney is ‘dead wrong’ on gay marriage," accessed September 2, 2013
  5. Chicago Tribune, "Sister says Liz Cheney's opposition to gay marriage 'dead wrong'," accessed September 2, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Washington Post, "Liz Cheney to appear in court over errant fishing license", accessed August 25, 2013
  7. Politico, "Liz Cheney: I’d vote no on Syria plan," accessed September 4, 2013
  8. Politico, "Senate primary challengers target GOP incumbents on Syria strikes," September 8, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 POLITICO, "Mike Enzi: Liz Cheney’s Syria stance a reversal", accessed September 17, 2013
  10. Larry Crim for U.S. Senate 2014 Official Campaign website, "Homepage," accessed July 31, 2013
  11. Politico "Liz Cheney announces Senate bid," Accessed July 16, 2013
  12. Politico, "Liz Cheney: Mike Enzi should ‘renounce’ deal," Accessed August 13, 2013
  13. Jackson Hole News and Guide, "Cheney knocks Obama, papers", accessed September 17, 2013
  14. Politico, "Super PAC hits Liz Cheney on gay marriage", accessed October 7, 2013
  15. Roll Call, "Conservative Super PAC Ups Ad Buy Against Cheney", accessed October 11, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Politico "Poll: Mike Enzi crushing Liz Cheney in Wyo.," Accessed July 29, 2013