Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Monday she is running to become governor of Arkansas. The pro-life advocate was one of President Donald Trump’s press secretaries and she is the daughter of pro-life former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who ran for president.
Sanders said she is running for governor because she wants to take on the “radical left” that is pro-abortion and targeting conservatives.
“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,” the 38-year-old says. “Everything we love about America is at stake and with the radical left in control of Washington your government is the last line of defense.”
“In fact, your governor must be on the frontline,” she said. “So today, I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas.”
Here’s more from her statement:
“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 our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. 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…I will defend your right to be free of socialism and tyranny, your second amendment right to keep your family safe, and your freedom of speech and religious liberty.”
“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 can never plan for. I have been tested under fire, successfully managing one crisis after another in one of the most difficult, high-pressure jobs in all of government… enduring relentless attacks, but getting the job done…As your governor, I will not be intimidated by the serious challenges we face. I will courageously lead.”
“I will stand with our brave law enforcement officers…prohibit sanctuary cities…and fight back against the radical environmental policies like the Green New Deal that threaten to destroy so many jobs. I will take on the bureaucracy, reduce the cost and size of government, and make it accountable to you. I will lower the state income tax to reward hard work, allow our businesses to compete, grow, and prosper, and create more good jobs. I will champion good schools and good teachers, but also offer more choices to parents of kids in failing schools. Every child must have the opportunity of a quality education – and no child should ever be trapped in a life of poverty and despair.”
“We will succeed, but only if we the hold the line against the attacks on our freedom and push forward with fresh ideas under a new generation of leadership… As governor, I will defend our freedom and lead with heart…”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidant of the President, Sarah advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy.
Sarah has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. In Arkansas, Sarah was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, and was campaign manager for Senator John Boozman in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. In 2007 and 2008, Sarah helped lead her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his national political director. S
Sanders said the abortion movement tells women “they have to choose between their dreams and their children.”
Sanders’s foreword is included in “Life Is Winning,” an examination of the pro-life movement to be published Aug. 25. The book was written by Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
“It makes no sense that in the most prosperous and free country in the history of the world, anyone would still be telling women they have to choose between their dreams and their children—but that’s precisely what the abortion movement does,” Sanders wrote. “When we reject this demeaning double standard, life wins.”
Sanders noted that the book said in a “compelling and winsome way” that “the pro-life movement in America has persisted in the face of adversity for nearly half a century” and has “never been stronger than right now.”
“I’m beyond proud of all we have accomplished together with President Trump in the White House,” Sanders said, noting that one of the proudest moments during her time in the Trump administration was when Trump became the first president to attend the March for Life.
“It was the greatest honor and adventure to go to work every day serving in the administration of a true patriot who knows that for America to be great, we must stand up for the equal value of each human being,” she added. Sanders left the White House at the end of June 2019.