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Cheney stirs up speculation about her future plans

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Speculation is growing about former Rep. Liz Cheney’s potential role in the 2024 election between President Biden and former President Trump.

While Cheney has vowed to stop Trump from returning to the White House, she has also said she won’t run as a spoiler third-party candidate.

This has led some Democrats to express openness to a potential Cheney endorsement of Biden given their shared opposition to Trump, though such a move could complicate Cheney’s future ambitions.

“If you had asked me 20 years ago, whether I thought it was a really good idea for Democrats to team up with a Cheney, I would have told you that you were drinking something,” Democratic strategist Jennifer Holdsworth said. “But in this day and age, I think the more democracy-focused folks we have working towards the same goal, the better.”

Cheney has criticized Trump extensively since the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and losing her primary due to opposing his election fraud falsehoods.

“I haven’t made a decision about that,” Cheney said. “But I think it’s really important, I mean, what you said — this election cycle, everybody has to go vote. Everybody has to go vote, and you’ve got to be willing to say, ‘Look, I’m not necessarily going to vote for the candidate who belongs to the party that I belong to, I’m going to find the candidate who I know I can trust to defend the Constitution.’”

Democrats see value in a Cheney endorsement to attract anti-Trump voters, but remain uncertain of her plans given concerns a third-party bid could hurt Biden.

“The problem is that the specter of third-party candidates means that there could be off-ramps for anti-Trump conservatives swayed by Cheney … who might then vote third party, which would be a benefit for Trump, not Biden,” Democratic pollster Fernand Amandi said.

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