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Liz Cheney Would Not Vote for Syria Authorization

Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and primary challenger for Republican senator Mike Enzi, says she would not vote to intervene militarily in Syria if she was in the U.S. Senate.

During a 90-minute appearance Tuesday evening at a small tea-party gathering in Jackson, Wyo., Cheney blasted President Obama for his “amateurish approach to national security and foreign policy,” and said that she could not support a military intervention in Syria because President Obama had not developed a plan for taking military action with defined goals.

Cheney, who served in several positions in the State Department under President George W. Bush, warned the crowd of 150 that “the press will try to portray this Syria debate as a battle between wings of the Republican party,” and told attendees not to believe them.  

Cheney is a decided underdog in her primary campaign against Enzi, who is also likely to oppose military action in Syria according to ABC News. A Public Policy Polling poll from late July found her trailing the popular conservative by nearly 30 percentage points overall, and a plurality of 50 percent did not consider her a “Wyomingite” (she has lived the majority of her life in Virginia and only returned to Wyoming last year). 

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