Q&A with Representative Liz Cheney on the future of the Republican Party

Representative Liz Cheney stopped by the KCWY studios to talk about the future of the Republican Party and what she is doing in Washington for the people of Wyoming during a live interview.
Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 7:46 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Representative Liz Cheney has been in the news a lot lately, and she is currently in Wyoming traveling around the state to meet and listen to the people here.

She stopped by the KCWY studios to talk to Wyoming News Now’s David Graf about the future of the Republican Party and what she is doing for the people of Wyoming in Washington.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

DG: Representative Cheney, you’ve been a constant in the Republican Party, and the past few weeks have certainly been interesting for you and the party. What has this been like for you?

LC: Well, it’s wonderful to be here with you and great to be back home always, and I think we’ve got big issues that we’re dealing with as a country. Issues that have to do with the constitution, looking at how we can defend ourselves against the really bad policies that we’re seeing coming out of the Biden administration. Policies that have a very negative impact on us here at home, so I’m working very hard on those things like opposing the ban on oil and gas leases on public lands. Making sure that we do everything we can to defend our constitutional rights. And so we’ve got a whole set of issues that have to do with protecting against these moves from the left, and then at the same time, inside the party obviously we’re dealing with a lot of big issues. Issues about the sanctity of our elections, making sure that people know that even if there was fraud, some fraud in last year’s election, certainly not anywhere close to enough that it would have changed the result. The election wasn’t stolen, and it’s really important for us to learn the lessons of 2020, so we can win in ’22 and ’24.

DG: That kind of leads me into my next question. How do you view the future of the Republican Party? And how do you fit in it?

LC: Well, I think that the Republican Party has got to get back to embracing ideas and policy and substance. The kinds of things that really have characterized Wyoming values, what we stand for here in Wyoming. A real focus on our constitutional rights, making sure that the federal government isn’t playing the kind of expansive role that the Democrats want it to play, and making sure that we’re standing up for individual freedoms and standing up for states’ rights. Those are all the kinds of things ya know limited government, low taxes, a strong national defense. Those are the kinds of things the party really needs to build on for the future to begin to rebuild, so we can get the House back next year and the Senate and get the White House back in ’24.

DG: You mentioned the people of Wyoming. What are some of the things that you are working on in Washington specifically that the people of Wyoming should know about?

LC: Well, a whole range of issues. We talked about energy, what’s happening in the energy industry. I really enjoyed yesterday getting to spend some time at Jonah Field looking at the new technology that they’re using to help detect emissions. Helping to show the rest of the country what we know here in Wyoming about what’s possible, about how clean our fossil fuels are, about the extent to which we really rely on them and need them. They’re a reliable, affordable source of energy. When it comes to ag, doing everything we can to help with, for example, the process of meatpacking. Helping to make sure that I’ve got legislation that would allow people to sell meat across state lines if it was inspected in a state slaughterhouse that was USDA approved. Waters of the US. Regulations really across the board looking for ways that we can help to roll back the federal government and its influence here. Standing up for our veterans and their second amendment rights. I’ve got legislation that I introduced with the Republican leader of the Veterans Affairs Committee that focuses on that. So a whole range of issues that really are about everything that we can do to fight for Wyoming and to make sure that our rights and our freedoms are protected.

DG: Well, I really appreciate you answering all of my questions here. Thank you for stopping in and thank you for your time.

LC: Great to be with you. Thanks so much for having me.

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