A familiar face is making a return to politics.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the firey former White House press secretary, announced on Monday that she has decided to run for governor of Arkansas in 2022.
The buzz started on Sunday night when reports began emerging indicating that Sanders was going to run for the Arkansas governorship. Then, on Monday, Sanders released a nearly eight-minute campaign video announcing her candidacy.
The video is aptly titled: “Why I’m Running for Governor: A leader with the courage to do what’s right – not what’s politically correct.”
“As governor, I will defend your right to be free of socialism and tyranny,” Sanders says in the video. “I will not retreat, I will not surrender and I will not bow down to the radical left, not now, not ever. As governor, I will defend our freedom and lead with heart.
Sara Carter reports that Sanders also “vowed to promote law and order, prohibit sanctuary cities, fight back against the green new deal, lower state income tax, and create new jobs.”
A powerful endorsement
We all know Sanders for the way she stood up to the mainstream media during her time as White House press secretary, a position she held from 2017 to 2019 when she decided to move on.
After she left, then-President Donald Trump urged her to run for the Arkansas governorship, saying, “She would be fantastic.” And, now that she is doing just that, Trump has given her his endorsement.
“Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a warrior who will always fight for the people of Arkansas and do what is right, not what is politically correct,” Trump’s endorsement reads. “Sarah is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers.”
Trump continues: “She loves our Military and Veterans – and her home state of Arkansas. Sarah will be a GREAT Governor, and she has my Complete and Total Endorsement.”
A political dynasty
Sanders, of course, will be running as a Republican, and, so far, she does not have a Democratic opponent. She does have a number of Republican rivals, however, including Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. The current governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchingson (R), will not be able to run in 2022 because of term limits.
If Sanders wins, then she will hold a position that was once occupied by her father, Mike Huckabee, who was Arkansas’ governor from 1996 to 2007. Sanders would also become the first female governor of Arkansas. There’s little doubt that she is going to be a formidable candidate.