Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas and Liz Cheney of Wyoming traded virtual barbs online Saturday following a CNN segment examining whether or not the former No. 3 House GOP leader has a “lane” to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
During the segment, “The Lead” host Jake Tapper also discussed next year’s midterm elections which are already shaping up to be a political bloodbath for Democrats as approval ratings for both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have cratered amid rising inflation, an ongoing migrant crisis along the border, and a far-left agenda.
After Tapper noted that Cheney has not “ruled out” a White House bid as a Republican, he asked one of his guests, former Biden administration staffer Ashley Allison, if there was a “lane” for Cheney on the party’s ticket. Allison responded that she thinks so because “there are a lot of Republicans that feel like they don’t have a home right now and so they are looking for someplace to.”
“I’m not sure Liz Cheney is going to be the home that they might want to veer toward, but I think there’s an opportunity in the Republican party to really decide who they are going to be,” explained the Democratic operative. “Cheney may be an option, there may be a whole list of other ones as well.”
Tapper’s show tweeted out the segment with the question, “Is there a lane for Liz Cheney in New Hampshire in 2024?” — to which Cruz responded: “Yes. It’s called the Democratic primary.”
Yes. It’s called the Democratic primary. https://t.co/q31fFvQZOp
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 13, 2021
That led to a snarky reply from Cheney, who wrote, “I know you’re posturing for the secessionist vote, Ted. But my party, the Republican party, saved the Union. You swore an oath to the Constitution. Act like it.”
I know you’re posturing for the secessionist vote, Ted. But my party, the Republican party, saved the Union. You swore an oath to the Constitution. Act like it. https://t.co/YyQ1XHRhCY
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) November 13, 2021
Shortly thereafter, Cheney’s response drew one from Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who, with Cheney, is one of just two Republicans on the Democrat-run Jan. 6 committee, who said, “Damn son Liz brought the heat on you!”
Cruz quoted Kinzinger’s tweet, writing, “These two need to hurry up and get their bottom-rated @msnbc show.”
While it’s unclear whether Cheney will seek the GOP nomination in 2024 — at present, given the most recent polling data, she would be an extremely long shot — she has announced that she is running for reelection in Wyoming, where she will face a challenger, attorney Harriet Hageman, who is backed by former President Donald Trump.
Kinzinger, meanwhile, has decided not to run for reelection after majority Democrats in the Illinois legislature appear set to adopt a new congressional map following the 2020 Census that appears to eliminate his district.
In Texas, Cruz faces reelection in 2024; Trump has teased another presidential run himself but has yet to announce a decision.
Both Cheney and Kinzinger voted in January to impeach Trump after siding with all Democrats in blaming him for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.
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