Cheney brushes off questions on Senate

Cheney brushes off questions on Senate
© Greg Nash

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Steve King says 'left-wing media' and GOP leadership owe him apology after rape, incest comments MORE (R-Wyo.) brushed aside questions about a possible Senate bid on Wednesday, saying she had no announcements to make.

Cheney, the House Republican Conference Chairwoman, is seen as a favorite to succeed the retiring Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziThe 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal On The Money: Fed poised to give Trump boost with rate cut | Parties unable to reach deal in Trump tax return lawsuit | New York opens investigation into Capital One data breach Outgoing Senate Budget chair unveils plans to replace Budget Committee MORE (R-Wyo.) if she decides to run for the Senate. But she’s also the third-ranking House Republican leader, meaning she could also have a bright future in the lower chamber.

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“I don't have any announcements to make about that other than to say how privileged I am to call Mike Enzi friend,” Cheney, who challenged the retiring senator in a primary in 2014 before withdrawing from the race.

“What a tremendous mentor he has been — he's going to be in the Senate for another 18 months,” she told reporters at a press conference Wednesday.  

“I look forward to continuing doing work for people back in Wyoming, with [Sen.] John [Barrasso (R-Wyo.)] and Mike [Enzi] with our whole delegation and working here with our leader, Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel I'm not a Nazi, I'm just a dude: What it's like to be the other Steve King Trump finds consistent foil in 'Squad' MORE [R-Calif.] and our Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseManchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight Sanders: Trump doesn't 'want to see somebody get shot' but 'creates the climate for it' MORE [R-La.] on the issues we've been talking about the matter so much the American people,” she added.

One GOP lawmaker said the nomination is likely hers if she wants it, arguing she could stave off the field until she ultimately decides to make her decision.

“I mean, this doesn't happen very often, and remember she, went to run for it last time. She doesn't have to make a decision soon,” the lawmaker said. “I think she could hold the people at bay for a while.”

Cheney attended a fundraiser for Alabama Senate-hopeful Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP Senate candidate 'pissed off' at Trump over health care for veterans House GOP fears retirement wave will lead to tsunami Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess MORE (R) on Monday, which some took as a signal that she has her eyes set on the upper chamber.

“She and I are very close friends, so on a personal basis, I'd love to see her over in the Senate," Byrne said. “On the other hand, she's doing a terrific job for our conference here. She's providing leadership that we really need at this point in time now that we're in the minority. I think she provides an incredibly important role here.”

A recent rule passed by the Republican conference would require members of leadership to relinquish their role should they announce they are seeking higher office.

In response to a question on whether conference rules could be amended to allow her to remain in her position through the end of her term in the event of a Senate announcement, McCarthy said no decision had been made.