Last Monday, former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced she will run for governor of Arkansas in 2022. Sanders released a video officially announcing her bid following reports over the weekend that she planned to jump into the race. Previously, Sander worked as White House press secretary for the Trump administration until June 2019.
Last Line of Defense
Saying that since the “radical left” holds control of Washington DC, the “last line of defense” now resides in state governors. “America is great because we are free, but today our freedom and the rule of law are under attack. I was the first White House press secretary to require Secret Service protection because of a credible, violent threat against me. We’ve seen violence in our streets, at a congressional baseball practice, and at our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans,” Sanders said.
“To remain free, we must have law and order and resolve our differences peacefully. The radical left’s solution is to impose government control and censorship from the top down. But their socialism and cancel culture will not heal America, it will only further divide and destroy us,” she continued. “Everything we love about America is at stake, and with the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line, so today I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas and ask for your prayers and your support,” Sanders declared.
First Woman Governor of Arkansas
“With your support, I hope to be the first woman to lead our state as governor,” Sanders declared. If she wins, she promises to “defend your right to be free from socialism and tyranny, your 2nd Amendment right to keep your family safe, and your freedom of speech and religious liberty.” She said that Arkansas needs a leader to “do what’s right, not what’s politically correct or convenient.” Her experience gave her the chance to take on the media, the radical left, and their canceled culture, and she won. “As governor, I will be your voice and never let them silence you,” she promised.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who led the state between 1996 to 2007. Mike Huckabee also campaigned for the Republican Party presidential nomination in both 2008 and 2016, eventually losing to John McCain and Donald Trump. If Sarah wins, she would create a political dynasty in the state given her father’s enormous political influence. “My dad always said the real test of a leader is not the way you handle the issues you know are coming, it’s rising to the moment in a crisis you could never plan for,” and says she’s tested under fire. Both Huckabees worked for Fox News, but only the elder Mike remains at the job.
Arkansas Republican Primary
The current governor of Arkansas, Republican Asa Hutchinson, already reached term limits. Thus Hutchison cannot run for re-election. She will join a Republican primary with two candidates already on board: Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Since departing the White House, rumors surfaced about Sanders’ plan to run for governor. By November last year, she all but confirmed her plans. She said that there are two types of people who run for office. In the first type, many will call for that person to run. The other type just wants the idea of becoming a senator or governor. Sanders identifies herself as a “called to run” type.
Watch the Fox 16 KLRT video report where Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces run for Governor:
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