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Biden calls Liz Cheney after primary election loss

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 8/18/2022 Cami Mondeaux
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President Joe Biden called Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) after the incumbent lost her reelection bid earlier this week.

The call was placed on Wednesday, one day after the race was called in favor of Trump-backed Harriet Hageman, according to Bloomberg News. It’s not clear what the conversation entailed, but it came hours after Cheney suggested a presidential run in 2024.

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“I will be doing whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office,” Cheney told NBC's Today show on Wednesday. “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."

Cheney also hinted at a presidential bid during her concession speech on Tuesday, highlighting the fact Abraham Lincoln lost elections before later 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,” she said. “Lincoln ultimately prevailed. He saved our union, and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history.”

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Cheney, one of two Republicans on the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot and one of 10 who voted to impeach Donald Trump after Jan. 6, was one of the former president’s most high-profile targets in the 2022 midterm election cycle. The Wyoming Republican focused much of her campaign on denouncing Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, urging Democrats and independents in the state to re-register to vote for her in the GOP primary.

However, she finished far behind Hageman, a onetime ally and informal adviser to Cheney. Cheney is the fourth House Republican to lose her reelection bid after voting to impeach Trump. Only Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and David Valadao (R-CA) survived their primary challenges. The other four chose not to seek reelection.

 

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Original Author: Cami Mondeaux

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