Liz Cheney tells Republicans ‘we need to get back the voters we lost in 2020 by conveying we are the party they trust’ at GOP retreat
- Liz Cheney said Republicans need to tell voters they are competent and can be trusted if they want to win back those they lost in the 2020 election
- ‘We are the party they can trust, we’re the party of competence and of conservative principles,’ she said of GOP message to voters
- Her comments come as Republicans debate their future path
- Cheney has been breaking from GOP leaders like Kevin McCarthy as the party debates whether to stay with Donald Trump or go a different route
Liz Cheney said Republicans need to tell voters they are competent and can be trusted if they want to win back those they lost in the 2020 election.
‘Where you got to attract back the voters that we lost in 2020 is by conveying to them that, in fact, you know, we are the party they can trust, we’re the party of competence and of conservative principles,’ Cheney, a Republican congresswoman from Wyoming, said at the House GOP retreat on Monday.
Her message comes as Republicans debate their future after losing the White House and the Senate in the 2020 election along with failing to retake control of the House.
Republicans have gathered in Orlando, Florida, for their annual policy retreat as a rift is growing between those who remain strong supporters of former President Donald Trump and those looking to move the GOP in another direction.
Liz Cheney said Republicans need to tell voters they are competent and can be trusted if they want to win back those they lost in the 2020 election
Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, said the party was led by the current congressional leaders, not the former president. Typically a former president is the honorary head of a party.
‘I think right now, the Republican Party is headed by Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy,’ she said, adding that in the next two election cycles ‘we’re very much gonna be focused on substance and on the issues.’
Cheney was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection that was aimed at stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
McConnell and McCarthy also criticized Trump for his role, including his failure to ask his supporters to stand down until late that day, but McCarthy has made an effort to repair relations with the former president.
Cheney’s comments come as the Republican Party debates its future – whether to say with former President Donald Trump (seen above playing golf at his West Palm Beach course) or to go in a different direction
Cheney, the Number Three in House leadreship, also has been breaking with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
Cheney broke with McCarthy in another way on Monday, when she said the proposed commission to study the January 6th MAGA raid on the Capitol focus solely on the attack and not add widespread anti-racism protests to its scope, as some of her party’s leaders have urged.
‘What happened on Jan. 6 is unprecedented in our history, and I think that it’s very important that the commission be able to focus on that,’ she. ‘It’s very important that the Jan. 6 commission focus on what happened on Jan. 6 and what led to that.’
Hundreds of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol that day, leaving five dead and a path of destruction in their wake.
Her comments put her in alignment with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who wants the commission to focus on the January 6th riot only. Pelosi is pressing for bipartisan support of the commission, in order to make it credible.
The speaker has shown a willingness to compromise on the proposed panel’s makeup and subpoena powers but its scope remains a question mark.
Cheney’s stance came a day after McCarthy told Fox News that the panel should also focus on the Black Lives Matter protests across the United States last year after the murder of George Floyd, a handcuffed Black man, by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
McConnell has also called for a wide focus, saying it would help the commission find ‘broad bipartisan support.’
Cheney said she is also concerned about last year’s unrest around the nation but said it was a different set of issues.
‘I’m very concerned, as all my colleagues are, about the violence that we saw, the BLM, the antifa violence last summer. I think that’s a different set of issues, a different set of problems and a different set of solutions,’ she said. ‘And so I think it’s very important that the Jan. 6 commission stays focused on what happened on Jan. 6, and what led to that day.’