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Liz Cheney says she’s ‘thinking about’ a White House bid after primary loss, will do ‘whatever it takes’ to keep Trump out of power

US Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks to supporters at an election night event during the Wyoming primary election at Mead Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming on August 16, 2022.
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Fresh off her congressional primary loss, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Wednesday that she plans to be part of a bipartisan coalition whose goal is to ensure President Donald Trump never holds office again.

“I believe that Donald Trump continues to pose a very grave threat and risk to our republic. And I think that defeating him is going to require a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that’s what I intend to be a part of,” Cheney said in an exclusive interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today” show.

She reiterated that she will be doing “whatever it takes” to keep Trump out of the Oval Office in future elections.

NBC News projected Tuesday night that Cheney, former chairwoman of the House Republican Conference and a daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, lost her Republican primary to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman.

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Defeating Hageman, Cheney said on “Today,” would have required that she “perpetuate the big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that Trump won.

Asked if she plans to run for president, Cheney first deflected and argued that the GOP needs to be taken in a different direction. “We’ve now got one major political party, my party, which has really become a cult of personality, and we’ve got to get this party back to a place where we’re embracing the values and the principles on which it was founded,” Cheney said.

Pressed again about whether she’s contemplating running for president, Cheney said, “That’s a decision that I’m going to make in the coming months, and I’m not going to make any announcements here this morning — but it is something that I am thinking about.”

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