AUSTIN — Republican Representative Liz Cheney said Saturday that she would be willing to campaign for Democrats and criticized her party’s acceptance of candidates who deny the results of the 2020 election.
“Yes,” Cheney said simply when asked if she would be willing to defend the Democrats, the first time she has said so explicitly.
Cheney made the comment in a discussion at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin while speaking about Arizona gubernatorial candidate and election denier Kari Lake.
Cheney, who has been an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, said “partisanship must have a limit” and mentioned the Virginia governor. Glenn Youngkin, who has said he will campaign for Lake.
“He’s shown that he’s someone who hasn’t bought Donald Trump’s toxin, but recently campaigned for Kari Lake, who denies the election, who is dangerous,” Cheney said.
“That’s the kind of thing we can’t see in our game. We can’t see an arrangement like that, and I think it’s very important that we be clear about that,” Cheney said.
Asked specifically if he would campaign for Katie Hobbs, Lake’s Democratic opponent, Cheney said, “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure Kari Lake doesn’t get elected.”
Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, is leaving Congress after losing the Republican primary to a Trump-backed challenger in August.
Youngkin at the Texas Tribune Festival on Friday defended the campaign for Lake. “I feel comfortable supporting Republican candidates,” he said. “And we don’t agree on everything. I have said that I firmly believe that Joe Biden was elected president.”
Cheney at Saturday’s event in Texas declined to offer many details about his own plans, including whether he will run for president.
She also didn’t reveal much about the plans of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, of which she is one of two Republican members.
The House committee will return on Wednesday for its final hearing.
Cheney said he doesn’t think the committee’s hearings will conclude this week.
President Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said last week that unless something else develops, it would be the last, “but it’s not set in stone because things happen.”
“We don’t anticipate that it will be the last hearing,” Cheney said.
Phil Helsell contributed.