WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Liz Cheney Says it was wrong to oppose same-sex marriage in the past, a stand that once divided her family.
Cheney, R-Vy., a fierce critic of fellow Republicans Donald Trump, also tells CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that she sees her re-election campaign as the most important House race in the country as forces aligned with the former president seek to oust her. He voted to impeach Trump over his role in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.
In an interview aired Sunday night, Cheney said he had little attachment to the president. Joe Biden, which they believe adopted policies detrimental to the economy and national security with the withdrawal of Afghanistan. “But the alternative cannot be someone who doesn’t believe in the rule of law, and who has violated his oath of office,” Cheney said.
The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was an ardent Republican leader before the January 6 riots, yet she is increasingly defined by her public opposition to Trump and her grip on the GOP. Cheney, 55, said she still talks to her father every night and has similar views on rejecting Trump.
Liz Cheney famously broke up with her family in 2013 by opposing gay marriage before a failed Senate bid. His objections caused a rift with his sister, Mary, a married lesbian. Mary’s wife, Heather Poe, posted on Facebook that year that Cheney’s position was offensive and “I always thought freedom meant freedom for all.”
In interviews, Cheney said the opposition to same-sex marriage was misguided and circulated her sister-in-law’s Facebook post to explain why she changed her position.
“I was wrong. I was wrong,” she said. “It is a very personal issue – and very personal to my family. I believe my father was right. And my sister and I have had that conversation… Freedom means freedom for all.”
While still opposing the Gun Control, Abortion and Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” a Wyoming congresswoman found herself outspoken to vote to impeach Trump. Before the January 6 rally, a crowd stormed the Capitol in hopes of reversing their reelection. Damage to Biden Trump continues to falsely claim electoral fraud despite results certified by state and Republican election officials and courts that dismissed dozens of legal challenges.
After voting to impeach Trump, Cheney lost his leadership position as chairman of the House Republican Conference. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi placed her on a nine-member committee to investigate the January 6 attack, and she serves as vice president.
Trump has vowed to defeat Cheney in next year’s primary election by endorsing Republican Harriet Hejman, a lawyer. Cheney sought a fourth term, saying that nothing less than the right of the Constitution is at stake.
“I think this will be the most important House race in the country in 2022. And — and it will be one where people have the opportunity to say, ‘We want to stand up for the Constitution,’” Cheney said. “A vote against me in this race, which is endorsed by Donald Trump, a vote for someone who is willing to perpetuate the big lie, someone who pledges allegiance to Trump, to the Constitution. Willing to put it above allegiance, of course.”
A Wyoming congresswoman criticized House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California for staying with Trump after the attack on the Capitol.
“What he has done is hugging Donald Trump,” she said. “And if I was doing what he’s doing, I’d be very ashamed of myself. I don’t know how you explain that to your kids. When you’re in a situation where you’d have someone like that Donald Trump did, so it’s pretty clear that he can’t be someone you hug.