Representative Liz Cheney left the door open to the possibility of a 2024 presidential run on Sunday.
After last year’s attack on the US Capitol, Republican Wyoming emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of former President Donald Trump within the Republican Party. She also sits on the House selection committee investigating the January 6 attack, and has warned about what she sees as Trump’s negative impact on both the country and the GOP.
During an interview on ABC News’ This weekjournalist Jonathan Karl asked Cheney if she plans to run for president in 2024 “to prevent what you say from destroying the party.”
The GOP legislature said it has not yet made a decision on 2024 and is currently focusing on her re-election bid for Congress. She faces tough primaries against Trump-backed Harriet Hageman in Wyoming, where Trump is still very popular.
“I have not made a decision on that yet. I am of course very focused on my re-election. I am very focused on the January 6 committee,” she said. “I’m very focused on my obligations to do the job I have now.”
She added that she would make a decision on whether or not to run for president “on the road.”
“I’m thinking less about it in terms of a decision to run and more in terms of, as an American and as someone who is now in a position of public trust, how do I make sure I’m doing everything I can to do the right thing.” do – do what I know is good for the country and to protect our constitution,” the congressman said.
Should Cheney run for president, her candidacy would test whether or not Republican voters would be willing to vote for a Trump critic, as the former president remains popular with GOP voters, according to recent polls.
Cheney could lose congressional race
Although Cheney said her priority right now is winning re-election to Congress, polls still put her at risk of losing to Hageman, despite her conservative voting record in the August primaries.
Wyoming is one of the most conservative states where Trump won about 70 percent of the vote. Cheney was at odds with many voters because of her fierce criticism of the former president.
A poll released last month conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates for Hageman-aligned Wyoming Values super PAC found Hageman winning 56 percent of Republicans’ support in the primary, while Cheney won just 28 percent.
Meanwhile, Cheney retains a fundraising advantage in the primaries. She raised $10 million for Hageman’s $2 million.
What polls say about Cheney 2024 Run
Though the presidential election is still two years away, pollsters have already started asking voters who they plan to support in the GOP primaries to run against President Joe Biden — with most Republicans saying they plan to Trump, who dominates almost every poll.
Cheney, on the other hand, would have an uphill battle to win the GOP primaries, according to polls.
A Morning Consult poll published on June 26 found that just 1 percent of Republican voters would support Cheney in the primary. Older polls have also found her poll in the low single digits.
news week contacted Cheney’s campaign for comment.