TODAY | July 18, 2013
>>> now to politics and the decision by liz cheney , the daughter of former vice president dick cheney , to run for the u.s. senate . it's a decision that's being met with stiff criticism in some corners. here's nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell.
>> reporter: bearing both her father's powerful name and no nonsense style, liz cheney jolted republican politics.
>> wyoming needs a strong voice in washington, someone who knows how to get things done and isn't afraid to fight for what's right.
>> reporter: but cheney , who turns 47 this month --
>> i believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate.
>> reporter: is trying to knock out a well-liked conservative, three-term incumbent, wyoming 's mike enzi , and he is a long time cheney family friend.
>> i fished with her dad. he and i have anchored the one-fly fishing contest before.
>> have you heard from the former vice president?
>> no, i haven't.
>> reporter: cheney is an attorney, a mother of five, and a former state department official. in 2012 , she moved back to wyoming after living many years around d.c. fellow wyoming republicans don't support her now.
>> i think that liz is fantastic, has a great future ahead. i just think this is the wrong race at the wrong time.
>> i wish that liz cheney had had a paycheck in wyoming from some time in her life.
>> reporter: cheney is expected to raise big money for the primary fight next year. enzi says that's not the wyoming way.
>> wyoming people don't like a long campaign. they don't like all the negative ads. i never do a negative ad. anybody that's from wyoming would know that.
>> reporter: for "today," kelly o'donnell, nbc news, the capital.