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Liz Cheney: Wyoming needs a representative “willing to stand up and lead” in Washington

Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, said on Sunday she has the unique experience and expertise to serve Wyoming in Congress.

Cheney, 49, spoke exclusively to the Casper Star-Tribune while traveling from her home in Wilson to Gillette, where her campaign was expected to formally launch Monday.

The Republican joins a field of 10 other candidates seeking Wyoming’s only U.S. House seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis.

Cheney left her job as a contributor to Fox news last week. She also resigned from her position with the Alliance for a Strong America, an organization she started with her father which advocates for an aggressive U.S. foreign policy.

She confronted the allegations that she’s not firmly established in Wyoming, having spent much of her life outside the state. Those criticisms followed her in her abbreviated campaign against U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi in 2014, and have already resurfaced in the dawn of her House campaign.

“My family’s been here for four generations,” she said. “My husband and I are proud and blessed to be raising the fifth generation here now. The values that are instilled in you as part of a family that’s been here for over 100 years is part of what drives me.”

She described those values as grit, self-reliance and determination.

On the campaign trail, Cheney said she will focus on agriculture, domestic security and energy. She will touch on other issues important to Wyoming Republicans, such as the Second Amendment and expanding federal bureaucracy, she said.

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