Trump Foe Liz Cheney Has Not Ruled out 2024 US Presidential Run

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., a rising Republican until she stood firmly in opposition to President Donald Trump, says she has not ruled out a presidential run in 2024.

“I’ll make a decision about ’24 down the road,” she told ABC’s “This Week.” “The single most important thing is protecting the nation from Donald Trump.”

Cheney was one of just 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to impeach the former president for incitement of an alleged insurrection Jan. 6, 2021.

The 55-year-old is now vice chair of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee investigating whether Trump was responsible for the attack on the Capitol, as he sought Congress to debate the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes in key battleground states.

“A man as dangerous as Donald Trump can absolutely never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again,” Cheney said, telling ABC she thinks her Republican Party “can’t survive” if the real estate mogul wins the nomination again in 2024.

“Those of us who believe in Republican principles and ideals have a responsibility to try to lead the party back to what it can be,” she said.

Trump, who still holds outsize influence in the Republican Party, has discussed a potential new candidacy with increasing openness, with some outlets reporting he could announce his campaign by the end of July.

Even as Cheney – daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – mulls a White House bid she is fighting for her political life in Wyoming, where a Trump-backed rival is challenging her in the state’s Republican primary, to be held next month ahead of November’s midterm elections.



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Harvard Poll: Trump Favored by Majority, 40 Points Over DeSantis

Need an example about media bias against former President Donald Trump, look no further than The Hill’s report on the latest Harvard-Harris poll, where its headline screams Florida GOP Gov. Ron “DeSantis Leads 2024 GOP Pack.”

Yeah, if you are doing the old former President Barack Obama strategy of leading from behind.

Trump leads DeSantis by a wide, wide margin of 40 points, getting a large 56% majority of the vote among registered 2024 GOP primary voters, despite there being 8 candidates, “someone else,” and “unsure” as options.

DeSantis drew just 16% support, but at least he was in double digits. The full results from the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll:

  • Trump 56%.
  • DeSantis 16%.
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence 7%.
  • Former South Carolina GOP Gov. Nikki Haley 4%.
  • Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., 2%.
  • Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., 2%.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, 1%.
  • Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 1%.
  • Someone else 5%.
  • Don’t know/unsure 8%.

While it is noteworthy DeSantis is running second to Trump in early 2024 GOP primary polling, particularly “leading the pack” if Trump does not run – something emerging as highly unlikely at this point – DeSantis’ lead over the pack pales in comparison to Trump’s lead on all comers.

In the unlikely event Trump does not run, the poll revealed:

  • DeSantis 36%.
  • Pence 17%.
  • Cruz 8%.
  • Haley 5%.
  • Pompeo 3%.
  • Rubio 3%.
  • Scott 2%.
  • Someone else 8%.
  • Unsure 19%.

While DeSantis gained a poll-leading 20 points when Trump is not considered, the second-largest gainer is “unsure,” which added 11 points.

“Gov. Ron DeSantis is a rare politician in America right now with more voters who like him than dislike him and he is gaining strength in the Republican primary, positioning him to win if Trump does not run and possibly taking him on if he does run,” pollster Mark Penn told The Hill.

The Harvard Center for American Political Studies, The Harris Poll, and HarrisX conducted the poll June 28-29 among 1,308 registered voters. No margin of error was provided in the poll results, in the analysis, or The Hill report on the results.


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Rep. Lee Zeldin to Newsmax: NY Gov Race ‘A Taste’ Of Dems National Agenda

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., the New York state Republican gubernatorial nominee, told Newsmax Friday that the race for the top office in that state with incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul is just “a taste” of the national Democratic agenda.

“It’s part of the [President Joe] Biden- [Vice President Kamala] Harris agenda for the entire country,” Zeldin said during “Eric Bolling: The Balance” Friday. “They want to implement cashless bail. You have rogue [district attorneys] in Manhattan, refusing to enforce the law, like Alvin Bragg, who I would fire on Day One.

“It’s a policy that they’re looking to bring national with regards to their approach to criminal justice across the entire nation. So, this debate in New York in many respects is a taste of what the left is looking to bring to the entire country.”

Hochul took office as governor Aug. 24, 2021, after Andrew Cuomo resigned amid scandal after several women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, according to Ballotpedia.

Zeldin said the state is reeling from a rise in crime, higher taxes driving businesses out of the state, and enacting far-left legislation on abortions and gun control, which should show voters nationally what the Democrats plan to do should they retain power in the midterm elections.

“I think she’s in over her head. She’s a walking identity crisis,” he said. “She’s pandering to tax-and-spend, pro criminal liberals. It’s one-party Democratic rule up in Albany, and they’re taking our state in the wrong direction, so we lead the entire country in population loss. They keep raising taxes. They keep jacking up spending.”

Zeldin said that when businesses leave New York, they just don’t move to other states, but leave the country entirely.

He said that he is bolstered by the fact that historically the party in power does not fare well in the midterm elections and that Democrats control the government in Washington D.C, Albany, and New York City, but that party is not polling well, even among its own members.

“Independents right now are polling to the right and are more enthusiastic about voting Republican, and there’s also a growing amount of disenfranchised Democrats,” he said.

Zeldin said he is going to take the fight to Hochul during the campaign.

“I think that New Yorkers across all walks of life, regardless of party, regardless of county and region, they realized that, at this moment, while this isn’t rock bottom yet, we will experience rock bottom if Kathy Hochul gets four years,” he said. “We’re going to bring the fight to her and we’re going to emerge victorious.”

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Trump Hails 12-0 Sweep in Tuesday Primary Endorsements

With nary a loss Tuesday night, former President Donald Trump hailed a perfect 12-0 record in a Truth Social post Wednesday.

Trump’s primary endorsement record is now, according to an unofficial Newsmax tally, 143-10, a 93.5% winning percentage (Trump officials count candidates advancing to a runoff as victories).

Among the most noteworthy victories included a pair of Trump-endorsed candidates winning in the reliably blue state of Illinois, where Trump held a Save America rally Saturday, stumping for Rep. Mary Miller, R-Ill., and gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey.

Trump called Miller “a star” Wednesday.

“Well, Mary Miller did it, she won BIG in Illinois tonight,” Trump wrote after she was projected the winner by Decision Desk HQ at 10:13 p.m. ET, Newsmax’s election results partner. “She campaigned hard and smart. Congratulations to a very fine woman!”

Trump was also effusive in praise for Bailey, vowing a victory to defeat Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker – “one of the worst and most obnoxious governors (Mr. Lockdown!) in the USA” – in this November’s general election.

“The last thing that J.B. Pritzker, considered by many to be the worst governor in the country, wanted, was to run against Darren Bailey, a very popular state senator with a big, beautiful and powerful base, who won the Republican nomination in a landslide last night,” Trump wrote Wednesday.

“With all the crime and lockdowns going on in Illinois, with people fleeing to other states, Bailey will win!”

Here is the rundown of the 12 Trump-endorsed winners Tuesday night, as Politico reported, which could not bring itself to call it an unbeaten sweep of Trump endorsements in its story:

  1. Miller in Illinois’ 15th District.
  2. Bailey in Illinois’ GOP gubernatorial primary.
  3. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., in Colorado’s 3rd District.
  4. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., in Illinois’ 12th District.
  5. Rep. Darren LaHood, R-Ill. in Illinois’ 18th District.
  6. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
  7. Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., in Oklahoma’s 1st District.
  8. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., in Oklahoma’s 3rd District.
  9. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., in Oklahoma’s 4th District.
  10. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
  11. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, in Utah’s 2nd District.
  12. Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, in Utah’s 4th District.

Trump carried a 100-6 primary endorsement record into June, after late May’s Georgia primaries.

By Newsmax’s unofficial count, Trump is 43-4 in June, including five victories June 21:

  1. Sen.-nominee Katie Britt, R-Ala.
  2. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., in Virginia’s 1st District.
  3. Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., in Virginia’s 5th District.
  4. Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va., in Virginia’s 6th District.
  5. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., in Virginia’s 9th District.

Trump-endorsed candidate losses to date, according to Ballotpedia, which does not list all of Trump’s victories but does have the 10 losses:

  1. Nebraska GOP gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster.
  2. Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who lost to incumbent GOP Gov. Brad Little.
  3. Former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who lost to incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
  4. Rep. Katie Arrington, R-S.C., who lost in South Carolina’s newly drawn 1st District.
  5. Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., who lost in North Carolina’s 11th District.
  6. Georgia’s 6th District GOP candidate Jake Evans, who lost in a runoff to Dr. Rich McCormick, who Trump had endorsed in 2020.
  7. Georgia’s 10th District GOP candidate Vernon Jones, a former Democrat who lost in a runoff.
  8. Georgia Attorney General candidate Josh Gordon, who lost to incumbent GOP AG Chris Carr.
  9. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who lost a Georgia Secretary of State primary to incumbent Brad Raffensperger.
  10. Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner candidate Patrick Witt, who lost to GOP incumbent John King.


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Rasmussen Poll: 50 Percent Support SCOTUS Abortion Ruling

A new poll Tuesday by Rasmussen Reports finds that half of the country approves of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and send the issue of abortion back to the states.

The poll, released Tuesday, found that 50% of the people approve of the court’s decision last week to overturn the federal right to abortion granted under the almost 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision, and send the issue back to the individual states to decide, including 38% who “strongly approve” of the court’s ruling.

Forty-five percent of those surveyed disapproved of the decision, including 38% who “strongly disapproved,” according to the organization.

The court issued its 6-3 opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health last Friday that overturned the Roe decision and 1992’s Casey case that determined that a woman seeking an abortion could be required to give her “informed consent” before the procedure, saying that abortion is not a right granted in the Constitution, and that federal government “has no authority” in the matter, which should be regulated by the states.

“We do not pretend to know how our political system or society will respond to today’s decision overruling Roe and Casey,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority. “And even if we could foresee what will happen, we would have no authority to let that knowledge influence our decision. We can only do our job, which is to interpret the law, apply longstanding principles of stare decisis, and decide this case accordingly. We therefore hold that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

The Rasmussen poll found that the decision had 75% support from republicans, compared to 71% of Democrats disapproving the ruling.

Unaffiliated voters were more evenly split on the issue with 53% approving and 42% disapproving the decision, according to the poll.

Fifty-two percent of those surveyed identified as being “pro-choice,” while 41% identified as “pro-life.”

Those surveyed overwhelmingly said the issue will play a major role in November’s midterm elections, with 75% saying it will be important, including 54% that said it will be “very important.”

Most of those, 72% of Democrats, see the issue as very important in the elections, while less than half of Republicans (41%), and unaffiliated voters (47%) view it as a very important factor in their voting decision.

The poll of 1,000 likely voters was conducted by telephone June 26-27 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, and was performed by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC, according to the organization.


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Poll: Markwayne Mullin Leads Oklahoma Senate Primary

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., has a commanding lead in the Republican race to succeed GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe, new polling shows.

In the latest averaging of the Senate primary contest polling from RealClearPolitics.com, Mullin has a 26-point lead over his next closest challenger, former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

Mullin, whose district includes most counties in eastern Oklahoma, has ticked up support to 39% while Shannon’s has slipped to 13% in the latest newest Sooner polling.

GOP state Sen. Nathan Dahm was at 8%; Inhofe’s former chief of staff, Luke Holland, garnered 5%; and former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt notched just 2%.

The winner of the special election Tuesday will fill the rest of the six-year term left by Inhofe, who was last elected in 2020. Inhofe announced he would resign on Jan. 3, 2023, to spend time with family.

If no candidate garners more than 50% of the vote, a runoff will be held on Aug. 23.

Mullin has campaigned on making the country energy independent, lowering inflation, and defending the Second Amendment.


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Tie in Alabama GOP Race Means Winner to Be Selected By Lot

Alabama’s Republican Party has declared a tie in the primary race for a state Senate seat and says the winner will be chosen by lot.

A state party news release says the party’s Candidate Committee held a hearing Saturday and said the District 27 primary race between Auburn City Councilman Jay Hovey and incumbent Tom Whatley was officially a tie. It said the winner would be determined in accordance with the state election code.

News outlets reported that the committee held the hearing after provisional ballots were counted in the already close primary race and Hovey appeared to be ahead by only a single vote. The party did not release a reason for its decision.

Hovey in a message to The Montgomery Advertiser on Saturday night accused the party of counting an unregistered voter to bring the race to a tie.

“Certainly every vote is important and it’s unfortunate if anyone is mistaken that they are registered to vote,” Hovey wrote. It was unclear if he would challenge the decision.

The state election code says that in the event of a tie in a legislative race, the Secretary of State shall decide the winner by lot.

The district covers Tallapoosa, Lee and Russell counties. The GOP news release did not provide details on when the winner would be selected or the method to be used.

The Opelika-Auburn News reports that one method of deciding a tie by lot is to have the candidates draw slips of paper with one of them being marked as the winner.

“It could be a roll of a dice, high card, or rock-paper-scissors,” Secretary of State John Merrill told AL.com.

Whoever is declared the winner of the primary will run against Democrat candidate Sherri Reese of Opelika in the general election in November. Reese was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.


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Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward, Husband Subpoenaed for Alleged Involvement in Fake Elector Scheme

Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael Ward, were both subpoenaed by the Department of Justice Thursday for their alleged involvement in a scheme to send fake electors to Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, reports Politico.

The pair were among several pro-Trump activists who signed certificates claiming to be duly elected and qualified electors from Trump and Arizona.

The investigation stems from a notarized document sent to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., in December 2020, by a group of 11 Arizona Republicans who claimed to represent the “sovereign citizens of the Great State of Arizona” casting votes for a second term for former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

“This is an investigation based on allegations that our clients engaged in core First Amendment-protected activity, specifically, petitioning Congress for redress of grievances,” said Alexander Kolodin, an attorney for the Wards.

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol previously subpoenaed the Wards’ phone records.

Kelli Ward was also subpoenaed for testimony and documents by the House Select Committee in February.

A CNN report said two others involved in the effort, Nancy Cottle and Loraine Pellegrino, who signed the false elector document as chair and secretary, also received subpoenas.

The House committee in a televised hearing Tuesday laid out plans by former Trump and his allies to deliver an alternate set of electors to former Pence ahead of the counting and certification of the presidential election during a joint session of Congress.


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GOP: ‘Blue-Collar Backlash’ Coming If Biden Forgives Student Debt

As the White House continues to hint at “canceling” some student loan debt, GOP leaders are predicting a “blue-collar backlash” if President Joe Biden follows through with executive action.

While Democratic Party leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are pushing for a higher amount, Biden is considering whether to shift $10,000 or more per borrower of student debt to taxpayers, the Washington Examiner reports.

The most recent reports indicate an income cap of $150,000 for individuals and $300,000 for married couples, but any transfer of debt might anger the two-thirds of families who never took out student loans.

“What does it say for all those folks?” former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told the Examiner. “Boy, you were really stupid here.”

DeVos and other Republicans are predicting a “blue-collar backlash” if Biden decides to shift the obligation of repaying student loan debt from borrowers to taxpayers. As the midterm congressional elections approach, Democrats likely view the move as a Hail Mary ahead of what is widely expected to be a scathing rebuke by voters and a Republican blowout victory in November.

Citing estimates from the federal Department of Education, the Examiner reports that 13% of Americans hold student loan debt collectively totaling more than $1.3 trillion.

Ultimately, forgiving $10,000 in student loan debt per borrower could cost the government more than $200 billion, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

DeVos also told the Examiner that, if it happens, “canceling” student loan debt won’t do anything for the next generation of borrowers and will instead only “buy a bunch of political points.”

One of the solutions the Trump education secretary suggested is for the federal government to get out of the student loan business altogether.

Top Democrats in the Senate may be all in, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Biden cannot legally make a move on student loans on his own and suggested she recognizes the resentment this might cause among voters.

“Suppose … your child just decided they, at this time, [do] not want to go to college, but you’re paying taxes to forgive somebody else’s obligations,” she said last July. “You may not be happy about that.”

Support for forgiving student loan debt among Republicans appears to be influenced by age.

A recent poll from the Student Borrower Protection Center found that 60% of Republicans ages 30-39 support Biden forgiving student loans, as well as small majorities of Republicans in the 18-29 and 40-49 age groups.

Among older Republican age groups, support plunges.


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Rep. Zeldin Targeted in Heated Newsmax NY Gubernatorial Debate

While the four top conservative New York gubernatorial candidates may not differ much on their conservative policies, one of them was front and center as the target in the debate aired live Tuesday night on Newsmax.

“I guess it’s pretty clear for the listeners at home: You’ll know who’s in first place and who’s the front runner in this race,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. – endorsed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the New York Post, and Ric Grenell – told host Eric Bolling during an onslaught of mud-slinging, challenging his record and past votes.

“As far as my record, I’ve now won seven consecutive races in purple suburban districts.”

The challengers, Andrew Giuliani, Rob Astorino, and Harry Wilson, were united to taking their shots at the polling leader before the Tuesday, June 28 primary.

“Lee made the list – he is in the top – one of the top liberal Republicans in the House of Representatives, now that’s on his voting record,” Astorino said in one of his myriad exchanges with Zeldin, where both candidates alternated suggesting the other was lying in their response.

Giuliani also excoriated Zeldin for a past CNN interview where Zeldin could not definitively reject the liberal media’s host desire to label then-President Donald Trump a “racist” for one of his past tweets.

“I think this is just typical of Lee, who honestly is a flip-flopper,” Giuliani said. “This is a guy who a couple of years ago, said President Trump made racist statements and then lied to you last night. Ladies and gentlemen, unfortunately, he’s gonna flip and flop.”

Giuliani, then turned to Zeldin, “you were with Trump before you were against him, or against him before that. I can’t even tell. You can’t even get it straight.”

The gloves came off at times, including Zeldin immediately taking a retaliatory shot at Giuliani, the famed son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Andrew Giuliani was once in an actor Chris Farley parody on “Saturday Night Live” for being the young son of the mayor.

“Listen, for somebody whose claim to fame was that Chris Farley made fun of him on ‘Saturday Night Live’ for being obnoxious kid – who ends up becoming more obnoxious and ends of getting kicked off the Duke golf team. And then you basically get in a position as Chic-fil-A runner at the White House – outranked by the White House Easter Egg Bunny.”

The Zeldin-Giuliani barbs including Giuliani beating back an interrupting Zeldin with: “You can stop being a child, Lee.”

Bolling did ask about Andrew Giuliani’s name recognition in the debate.

“I’m very proud of my name, and people would say, well, we’re the famous last name; it’s easy to run in politics,” Giuliani said, as the camera showed his father in the gallery. “I would tell you with the name like Andrew, it’s very difficult to be the leading candidate for governor in a Republican primary.”

Giuliani noted, referencing disgraced former Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Look, I’m proud of the four years that I worked for president Donald J. Trump in the White House. I’m the only person on this stage that always supported president Donald J. Trump and didn’t call him other kinds of names. And I am very, very proud of, I think, New York’s greatest crime fighter Rudolph W. Giuliani.”

Wilson, while he was also attacked at times for having some more moderate views – including some boos when he apologized to the crowd for being “pro-choice,” an unpopular position among conservatives – did get in on the attacks of Zeldin, too.

“He can’t handle the truth,” Wilson said, attacking Zeldin’s defenses of his past voting record on New York state budgets.

When the dust-ups settled, under Bolling’s direction, the candidates did close with vows to support whomever winds up winning next Tuesday’s GOP gubernatorial primary.

“Whoever wins, we will speak with one voice and defeat Kathy Hochul and the radicals in New York,” Astorino vowed, a sentiment shared by all.

The trio of Zeldin challengers, though, attempted to not take an affirmative for an answer, denouncing Zeldin’s bravado of saying he will support the winner, and it will be himself.

“It is a hard-fought primary,” Zeldin concluded. “There are passions inside of this room and outside. I will support the primary winner next Tuesday.

“Losing this race, for all of us, is not an option.”

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