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'We agree on one really big thing': Democratic lawmaker on Liz Cheney's support
03:33 - Source: CNN
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A Michigan Democratic congresswoman who has been endorsed by GOP Rep. Liz Cheney emphasized on Tuesday how a shared concern for a functioning democracy can unite Democrats and Republicans despite policy disagreements.

In an interview on “CNN This Morning,” Rep. Elissa Slotkin said of Cheney, who is set to campaign for the Democrat in Michigan later Tuesday, “while we disagree – and I look forward to debating her in the future on issues of policy – on democracy, we are in vehement agreement.”

“We agree on one really big thing and that’s – that there has to be a democratic system in order for our system to function. It’s pretty important to me,” Slotkin said.

Cheney has seen her national profile rise after becoming a prominent critic of former President Donald Trump’s election falsehoods – and has faced intense backlash from within the Republican Party as a result.

Cheney is leaving Congress at the end of her current term after losing the Republican primary for her at-large Wyoming seat in August. Her continued criticism of Trump for his role in inciting the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol was seen as a key factor in her defeat. Last month, Cheney – a member of one of the most prominent families in modern Republican Party history – said she would not remain a Republican if Trump is the GOP nominee for president in 2024.

Slotkin said during her interview on “This Morning” she believes principled leadership is “vital” and “there are things that are more important than any one person winning an election.”

“There has to be something that’s more important than just getting reelected. I think that leadership, principled leadership in this country, is vital if we’re going to get through whatever we’re going through right now, this period of instability,” Slotkin said.

The Democratic congresswoman also detailed to “This Morning” how Cheney offered to help her campaign. “She came up to me on the floor of the House in our last voting week in September, and she just said, ‘Look, if there’s anything I can do to help, you just let me know,’ and I said, ‘Really?’ and she said, ‘Yeah,’ and that began the conversation. So I’m appreciative because it’s again just another point of bravery that I think I really admire about her.”

This story has been updated with additional details.

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny contributed to this report.