Wyoming Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman told the Todd Starnes Show certain Republicans are working against the party to help Democrats.
The Trump-backed candidate who defeated Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the primary told host Todd Starnes Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Cheney will go against the American people to make sure they stay in power.
“There’s a group of Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. that don’t care who’s in power just so long as they are,” Hageman said. “And that’s who Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney are.”
Hageman told Starnes that her disappointment with Cheney and other RINOs (Republicans in name only) is what led her to run.
“I’m very disappointed in Mitt. I was so disappointed in Liz that I ran against her and I’m going to replace her,” the candidate said. “We’ve got to get good conservatives in there.”
Hageman also said she is passionate about helping hard-working Americans with the issues that are affecting their everyday lives.
“They’re destroying the economy and they’re destroying real people,” Hageman said of the Biden administration. “It is just a tragedy. It’s a travesty. We need to fight back. We need good people in Congress who are willing to do it.”
Hageman added that she is running for congress not only because she loves her state, but because she loves her country.
“I love Wyoming and I love my country,” she said. “This truly is the greatest country in the history of the world. And it’s based upon freedom and liberty and limited government. I’m not going to let these people destroy my country. I’m not going to let them destroy my state.”
Listen to the full conversation here:
The following is a rush transcript from the Todd Starnes Show which airs daily from noon to 3:00 p.m. EST.
TODD STARNES: [00:42:56] Everybody else who’s a Republican, whether it be at the state level or even in the US Senate, they have thrown their support behind Mike Lee. But once again, you have Willard Mitt Romney, who is a RINO, a Republican in name only, someone who is cut from the same cloth as Liz Cheney, who is trying to sabotage the Republican Party’s efforts to retake the US Senate. Well, I want to go to the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line because our next guest knows a little something about that. Her name is Harriet Hageman and she is going to be the next Republican congresswoman from the state of Wyoming. Harriet, what an honor to have you with us today. [00:43:35][39.0]
HARRIET HAGEMAN: [00:43:36] Well, Todd, the honor is all mine. Thank you for having me. [00:43:38][2.6]
STARNES: [00:43:39] You know, you have fought an incredible fight thus far and going up against the establishment of the Republican Party. What was that experience like for you? I have to imagine it was pretty difficult at times. [00:43:51][12.2]
HAGEMAN: [00:43:53] Well, it was interesting. I’ll tell you what I did is I just focused on my race, my message and my effort to get out the vote for us. In the last 13 months, I have driven over 45,000 miles in the state of Wyoming. We’ve had over 250 public events. I have met with industry groups from one end of the state to the other. Right now I’m on a tour of a wonderful school called WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming, learning about everything from diesel engines to welding to interiors for vehicles. It’s a fabulous trade program that we have here. And I just I really focused on what I was doing and my message. I will say one thing about when you talk about Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney, I referred to them as part of the “uni-party.” And that is there’s a group of Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. that don’t care who’s in power just so long as they are. And that’s who Mitt Romney and Liz Cheney are. I’m very disappointed in Mitt. I was so disappointed in Liz that I ran against her and I’m going to replace her. So we’ve got to get good conservatives in there. Mike Lee is a fabulous senator. He is solid. He’s conservative. He’s got the right philosophy and he’s always going to work to protect the citizens of this country. So I’m hopeful and I’m confident that he’s going to prevail because the people of Utah have common sense. But taking on the establishment or the “uni-party,” it can be tough, but it can be done. And we’ve got to do it. [00:45:23][90.2]
STARNES: [00:45:23] And Harriet, I have no doubt you are going to make a great congresswoman from Wyoming. But like you, I was just disappointed and really frustrated with Liz Cheney. You know, I followed her career for many years, but it’s sad what Washington, D.C. and the establishment can do to folks. So I’m just excited that there was a choice and the good people of Wyoming made made the right choice there. [00:45:47][23.1]
HAGEMAN: [00:45:48] Yes, they did. And they did because of all of the things that I talked about. I talked about, you know, inflation, milk, meat, all of the things that are going up in price. I talked about the open border and what we need to do. [00:46:00][12.2]
STARNES: [00:46:01] Harriet, hold on. I want to get to the open border. I want to go back to that because there was a story about a couple in Wyoming. It was about a week or so ago that made national news. This young couple from Wyoming, they’ve got a newborn. They’re having to eat ramen noodles so they can have enough money to buy baby food to feed their kid. I mean, this is in Wyoming. This is going on. [00:46:19][18.8]
HAGEMAN: [00:46:20] Yes, it is. It’s going on all across the country. We don’t have 8 percent inflation. We all know for any of us who are going to the grocery store, it’s substantially higher than that. Gasoline prices are going back up. We’ve got an administration that’s got a war on our fossil fuels and our energy companies. I mean, every decision that the Biden administration has made has been destructive. Everything he’s touched, he’s destroyed. It’s a terrible administration. We’ve got to counter him any way we can. But, yes, we’ve got issues right here. I went to the grocery store, got four bags of groceries yesterday. It cost me over $100. And I think I had only one package of meat in those four bags, prices are skyrocketing and it’s because of this administration and their failed policies. [00:47:03][42.0]
STARNES: [00:47:03] And then when you look at what’s happening along the border and you’ve got the Border Patrol agents are completely overwhelmed. They don’t have the backing of the Biden administration. And I suspect whatever numbers they are telling us, Harriet, we just have to multiply by two or three. And we might get a good idea of how many people are actually crossing that border illegally. [00:47:25][21.2]
HAGEMAN: [00:47:26] Oh, I think that’s fair. I think that’s absolutely fair. That’s the other thing is that our government is unlike any government in the history of the world, and it is of, by and for the people. And it’s why I say we’ve got to be really aggressive in trying to force the fact that our government should not be making policies that increase the cost of food, housing and energy. But that’s exactly what this administration has done. This administration has made the decision that they’re going to dictate what we can do with our lives in every aspect of our lives and in the process, they’re destroying the economy and they’re destroying real people. It is it is just a tragedy. It’s a travesty. We need to fight back. We need good people in Congress who are willing to do it, who are willing to call up, call them out and call out the illegal immigration for what it is and the destruction that it causes to our country to call out the inflationary forces that are that are being pushed out of Washington, D.C., the failed policies coming in terms of transportation and infrastructure. We’ve got to get good people elected back in Washington, D.C. But then when we go to Washington, D.C., we actually have to accomplish something. And if we go back there and we protect the status quo, we will have failed. We’ve got to go back and we’ve got 30 years of really bad policies. It’s going to take us a while to do it. And right now, it’s a matter of blocking the radical Biden administration. But when we get into power, we have got to roll back the horrific policies we’re seeing right now. [00:48:48][81.8]
STARNES: [00:48:48] Harriet, we’ve got about 60 seconds. And I’m just curious, why are you doing all of this? You didn’t have to jump into the race. You’ve got to you could have just enjoyed the rest of the year and maybe kick back and relax. But you really decided to put it all out there for the state of Wyoming. And I’m curious to know why you did that. [00:49:05][16.5]
HAGEMAN: [00:49:06] Because I love Wyoming and I love my country. This truly is the greatest country in the history of the world. And it’s based upon freedom and liberty and limited government. I’m not going to let these people destroy my country. I’m not going to let them destroy my state, my family, my brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and cousins. I’m not going to let them destroy what is truly one of the greatest countries that ever existed. And so I stepped into this because we have to. We don’t have any choice to put everything on the line to get back to what we have and what we should have and block this radical move toward socialism and Marxism that every single one of us knows will not work. [00:49:49][43.5]
STARNES: [00:49:51] Well-said. And Harriet. Best of luck to you on Election Day. We’re so proud of the great campaign you’ve run and you’re going to represent Wyoming quite well. [00:49:58][7.9]
HAGEMAN: [00:50:00] Thank you, Todd. It’s good to visit with you. [00:50:01][1.5]