US Midterms: GOP's Cheney Endorses Democrat Slotkin

On Thursday, US Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) endorsed Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin in the race for Michigan's newly drawn 7th District, adding that she will campaign for Slotkin in the Lansing area next Tuesday.

US Midterms: GOP's Cheney Endorses Democrat Slotkin
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Facts

  • On Thursday, US Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) endorsed Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin in the race for Michigan's newly drawn 7th District, adding that she will campaign for Slotkin in the Lansing area next Tuesday.
  • Slotkin is vying for re-election against Republican Tom Barrett, who was among 11 members of the Michigan state Senate to pen a letter to Congress on Jan. 5, 2021, asking it to investigate claims of "fraud and irregularities" surrounding the 2020 presidential election.
  • A poll commissioned by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV last week indicated a 6-point lead to Slotkin against Barrett, with around 8% of respondents still undecided and 3.6% supporting Libertarian candidate Leah Dailey.
  • This is the first formal endorsement of a Democrat made by Cheney, though she has previously expressed support for Democratic candidates running against Republicans who dispute the results of the 2020 election.
  • Formerly having a leadership role in the House GOP caucus, Cheney has become a staunch critic of former Pres. Trump in her scope as co-leader of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot.
  • Cheney will leave Congress at the end of her current term after losing the GOP primary for her at-large Wyoming seat in August and declared last month that she would not remain a Republican if Trump is the party's nominee for president in 2024.

Sources: USA Today, Forbes, Detroit, Axios, Washington Post, and CNN.

Narratives

  • Republican narrative, as provided by Fox News. It should come as no surprise that Cheney has turned on the Republican Party and endorsed Slotkin, as they both follow the same warmongering agenda that will only lead to more senseless entanglement in foreign wars. Barrett, meanwhile, puts America's troops and their families first.
  • Democratic narrative, as provided by Politico. As the US faces threats at home and abroad, Cheney is putting her country first and supporting serious people regardless of their party. Despite not agreeing with Slotkin on every issue, she knows that the Democratic candidate is committed to working hard and putting the country above political divide.

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