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Politico: Sen. Paul Backing Loomis Amid Cheney Feud

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 Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By    |   Sunday, 22 September 2019 09:13 AM

Continuing the long-running feud between the political families, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is pushing for Wyoming conservative Cynthia Lummis in the Senate race as a preemptive strike against rival Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

"Cynthia Lummis is going to be the next U.S. senator from Wyoming," Paul told Politico. "If [Cheney] runs, it may be the most significant Republican primary in the country.

"She'll have to decide whether she wants to match conservative credentials with somebody who actually lives in Wyoming and has been there her whole life."

Cheney is the No. 3 House Republican and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, sharing his nation-building stance and strong foreign policy abroad. Paul shares libertarian views with Lummis and is a staunch fiscal conservative against spending money on long-running wars.

Cheney has suggested Paul's policies surrender "to terrorists," while Paul called Cheney a "NeverTrump warmonger, according to the report.

"Rand likes to pick a fight, that's his way," Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Mich., told Politico.

The parents of both were on opposite sides of the Iraq War debate – ex-Rep. Ron Paul and Dick Cheney, who has backed Rand Paul's political opponents since 2010. Rand Paul has backed Liz Cheney's challenger in every race she has run.

"Liz very well could be the first Republican woman speaker of the House," Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told Politico. "If I was in Wyoming I'd go, 'gosh, we have an opportunity to have a couple superstars.' And if Liz does [run for Senate], we don't."

The Tarrance Group polling has had Liz Cheney leading Loomis by 20 percentage points in a hypothetical race, per the report.

"She and I have talked about it several times," said Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., who is running for Senate himself. "She'd be a terrific senator, she'd be a terrific speaker. I think that is the dilemma."

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Continuing the long-running feud between the political families, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is pushing for Wyoming conservative Cynthia Lummis in the Senate race as a preemptive strike against rival Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo....
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