Cheney says she’ll make decision on presidential bid ‘in the coming months’

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On the heels of being defeated in her primary race for Wyoming’s at-large House seat, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that she will make a decision on whether to launch a presidential bid for 2024 “in the coming months,” potentially teeing up a battle between former President Donald Trump and his most vocal critic.

“I will be doing whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office,” she said during an appearance on NBC’s Today show Wednesday morning.

“That’s a decision that I’m going to make in the coming months. I’m not going to make any announcements here this morning, but it is something that I am thinking about.”

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The Wyoming Republican converted her campaign committee into a leadership PAC, filing to rename it “The Great Task” in the early hours of Wednesday morning, which would allow her to utilize roughly $7 million in funds for a potential bid for higher office.

Cheney hinted at a run during her concession speech, which took aim at Trump’s rhetoric and his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, highlighting that President Abraham Lincoln lost races before becoming president.

“The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed. He saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history,” she said.

“Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said that ‘we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and the government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from this Earth.’ As we meet here tonight, that remains our greatest and most important task,” she continued.

The political scion, who saw a rapid rise in the House prior to Trump-allied colleagues ousting her from her leadership position over her repeated rebukes of Trump, received sharp backlash for first indicating an interest in potentially running and asserting she believes lawmakers who voted against certifying the election results should be disqualified from becoming the GOP nominee during the 2021 House GOP retreat in Orlando.

“I’m not ruling anything in or out — ever is a long time,” she told the New York Post when asked if she would ever consider running in the future at the time.

During Wednesday’s interview, Cheney took a swing at House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), one of her most vocal critics who is vying to become the next speaker of the House, arguing that he is not suited for the leadership position due to his support of Trump.

“Kevin McCarthy made his decision a few weeks after Jan. 6, knowing what he knew about Donald Trump’s role in the assault on the Capitol, when he went to Mar-a-Lago and said, ‘You know, we’re going to welcome him back into the party,’” she said. “To me, that’s indefensible. This is a great, special, exceptional nation. And we need leaders who have reverence for our Constitution, who are faithful to our Constitution, and who are going to do what’s required to abide by our oath, no matter whether or not it’s politically convenient. Kevin McCarthy certainly does not fit that bill.”

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Trump made Cheney one of his top targets as he pushed to oust GOP lawmakers who criticized him and voted in favor of impeachment, having held a rally in an effort to boost the odds of candidate Harriet Hageman in the race in May.

Cheney, who saw an influx of her Republican colleagues back her opponent following her decision to join the Jan. 6 select committee, ultimately lost to Hageman by more than 30 points in the state where Trump remains widely popular.