By Leo Wolfson, State Politics Reporter
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney released a television commercial on Friday morning opposing two Republican candidates in Arizona who have questioned the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The commercial titled “Honor” is part of a more than $500,000 ad-buy that will air on broadcast, online and streaming platforms across Arizona, according to a press release from Cheney’s Great Task political action committee.
The crux of Cheney’s opposition to Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and GOP secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem is their denial of the 2020 presidential election results. Both candidates have said they would not have certified the results of the election and have repeatedly called for a decertification of the 2020 results.
Cheney has consistently spoken out against those who question the results of the 2020 election, saying the rhetoric and its corresponding actions is an attack on the U.S. Constitution and was one of the root causes of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
Cheney’s new commercial comes a day after she endorsed Democratic Michigan congresswoman Elissa Slotkin.
“I don’t know that I have ever voted for a Democrat. But if I lived in Arizona, I absolutely would,” Cheney says in the commercial. “You have a candidate for governor, Kari Lake, you have a candidate for secretary of state, Mark Finchem, both of whom have said that they will only honor the results of an election if they agree with it.”
The recorded comments played in the ad were pulled from a speech Cheney made during a McCain Institute event at Arizona State University held earlier this month. Footage of Finchem and Lake speaking is played over Cheney’s narration for most of the 30-second commercial.
‘Survival Of Our Republic’
Cheney announced in September that she would actively campaign against Lake. She has not yet issued direct support for Democratic governor candidate Katie Hobbs or Democratic secretary of state candidate Adrian Fontes.
“If you care about the survival of our republic, we cannot give people power who will not honor elections,” Cheney says at the end of the commercial as a shot of a man voting is displayed. “We must have elected officials who honor that responsibility.”
This is the first instance of Cheney spending direct money on a Democrat during the 2022 election cycle.