Below is a partial transcript of remarks Sen. Enzi made to a group of reporters published by the Washington Post:
Question: Sen. Enzi, what do you make of Liz Cheney’s decision to run against you next year?
Enzi: “Well, she said that if I ran she wasn’t going to run, but obviously that wasn’t correct.”
Question: Did she call you to tell you the news?
Enzi: “No, well, she called me a long time ago and said she was considering it.”
Question: What is your relationship with Liz Cheney?
Enzi: “I thought we were friends.”
Question: But not anymore?
Enzi: “Well, I don’t have any reason not to. She hasn’t said anything she’s going to do or said anything bad about me yet.”
Question: Are you at all concerned with Cheney’s potential fundraising prowess, considering her ties to the former vice president and the Bush administration?
Enzi: “Money raising’s always been a problem for me.”
Question: Does her challenge give you any second thoughts about reelection?
Question: Do you think she has any particular weakness that is going to make it more difficult for her to win?
Enzi: “My job is to be the U.S. senator that I was elected to be until at least January of 2015. The people of Wyoming expect me to do the job, I do it pretty much full time. I’m in Wyoming almost every weekend, here during the time that we’re voting out here. I won’t be doing anything different than I’ve been doing, getting the opinions of the Wyoming people and traveling Wyoming and doing my job out here.”
Question: She’s been living in Virginia — couldn’t you make that a campaign issue?
Enzi: “I’m not going to comment on her or what she might be running on. I’m doing my job the way I see it needs to be done, and I’ll continue to do that.”
Question to Sen. Barrasso: Do you support Enzi?
Barrasso: “Yes. Senator Enzi is my friend, he is my mentor, he is a tremendous senator for the people of Wyoming, and I plan to support him for reelection. I am supporting him for reelection.
Question to Barrasso: What do you think of Cheney?
Barrasso: “I think she’s very talented and has a bright future.”
Question to Enzi: Do you expect former vice president Richard Cheney to help her campaign?
Enzi: “He hasn’t talked to me about it at all, but I would expect that he would be. It’s his daughter.”
Question: Do you have plans to reevaluate your own candidacy six months from now or early next year? Or are you in for it all?
Enzi: “I haven’t been evaluating or reevaluating. I’m doing my job. It’s kind of interesting that about 30 minutes after I put out a release saying I intend to run that she put out one saying that she was running.”
Question: Why is that interesting?
Enzi: “Well, she’s watching pretty closely what I’m doing and timing it around that. That’s different than what she was saying before that if I didn’t run she would run.”
Question: Does Cheney’s decision change your ground game? Will you get on the phone tonight and start calling donors?
Enzi: “No, I have a lot of work to do here. I’m really involved in the tax reform and in a pension bill with Sen. Harkin that will make it easier for small companies to get pensions for retirement for their people. I’ve got a lot of work to do. Nobody in Wyoming likes a long campaign – anybody from Wyoming would know that. They’ll be able to make up their mind in a lot less time than from right now until next August, which is when the primary is. You can’t even file in Wyoming until May.”
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