Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a "tremendous leader" on Tuesday.
What did Cheney say?
Speaking with PBS, Cheney, a lifelong conservative Republican, described Pelosi as a leader of "historic consequence."
"I want to say a word about Speaker Pelosi. I did not really know her before I began work on the Jan. 6 committee," Cheney began. "I'm not sure if I had ever spoken to her, actually.
"But since I have been on the committee — and I say this: Everyone knows she is a liberal from San Francisco, I am a conservative from Wyoming, there are many issues, maybe most issues, on which we disagree," she continued.
"But I think she is a tremendous leader. I have watched her up close. She is a leader of historic consequence," Cheney declared. "She has put this committee together and demonstrated her commitment to the truth."
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The remark was prompted by PBS host Judy Woodruff, who asked Cheney to respond to the attack on Paul Pelosi. Woodruff described the incident as "the latest example of political violence fueled by far-right conspiracies."
Law enforcement, however, has not released evidence showing that Paul Pelosi's attacker was motivated by "far-right conspiracies."
Also on Tuesday, Cheney endorsed Democrat Tim Ryan over Republican J.D. Vance for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat.
"I would not vote for J.D. Vance," Cheney said in her interview with PBS.
When asked if that means she would, instead, vote for Ryan, Cheney responded, "I would."
The admission came one day after Cheney announced her first-ever endorsement of a Democrat when she campaigned for Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.).
"If we want to ensure the safety of our republic, we have to walk away from politics as usual," Cheney said. "We are going to look beyond partisan politics. If the people in our party are not doing the job they need to do, than we're going to vote for the people in the other party, because we are Americans above all else."
Cheney, on the other hand, will not be serving in Congress once her term expires in early January after she handily lost her primary.