Cheney says economy a winning issue for GOP

Robert Houk • Jun 15, 2019 at 12:25 AM

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House of Representatives, believes the nation’s improved economy will be a winning issue for Republicans in 2020.

“We’ve got a proven track record on job and the economy,” the Wyoming lawmaker and attorney, who is chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, said before speaking to Washington County Republicans on Friday. 

“President Trump has delivered on his promises.”

She said voters will have a “clear choice” between Republicans, who are focused on “expanding job opportunities,” and Democrats, who she said have “embraced socialism.”

“It’s absolutely the economy, which is growing twice as fast, and unemployment that is at a historic low,” she said.

The congresswoman said that combination is a winning recipe for the GOP to take back a majority of the seats in the House, and retain control of the Senate and White House.

Cheney, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was the keynote speaker at the Washington County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner in the Millennium Center. Party leaders said more than 400 people attended the $75-a-plate fundraising dinner.

The congresswoman was elected in 2016 to the same seat her father held in the U.S. House from 1979 to 1989. Cheney’s GOP colleagues elected her a Republican leader after she won a second term to Wyoming’s lone seat in Congress.

Cheney said the “radical left” of the House has hurt bipartisanship in the chamber. She said those Democrats are having an influence on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and are pushing hard for impeachment of the president.

“When you go down that path it just sucks all the oxygen out of the room,” Cheney aid. “Democrats are just looking for any excuse to impeach.”

Meanwhile, she said Republicans in the House are “unified” behind President Trump. The one exception, Cheney said, is U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who has called for impeachment proceedings against Trump.

She said Amash — who resigned from the conservative House Freedom Caucus on Monday — “casts more votes with Democrats” than he does with his own party.

Cheney stressed the importance of the 2020 elections to the GOP faithful in Johnson City on Friday, noting the “stakes are higher now than ever.” She also said it was key for the 1st District to return U.S. Rep. Phil Roe to Congress.

She called the Johnson City Republican a “leader and mentor” to her and other members of the GOP caucus.

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