Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former press secretary for President Donald Trump who’s seeking the GOP nomination to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in 2022, kicked off a week-long campaign rally Monday in Benton, calling the nation’s governors the last line of defense against the radical left.
Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, made national news by telling the estimated 1,500 people in attendance that she was running to serve as a bulwark against what she described as the radical left wanting to “fundamentally change who we are as a country.” She said Americans can’t sit back and do nothing.
“I keep hearing, ‘Oh there’s Sarah Sanders, she’s nationalizing the race.’ And my answer to those people — you bet I am. Because if you are not, you are missing what is happening in our country. We have people in Washington, in leadership, the radical left, that are not OK just changing policy,” she said.
Sanders focused on her Trump credentials and national issues but said she was tired of seeing Arkansas rank near the bottom of many categories.
Her “Freedom Tour,” which kicked off with a floatilla at Mountain Harbor on Lake Ouachita, will conclude Saturday in Springdale where Sanders will participate in an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Sanders is facing Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in the Republican primary. Other announced candidates for governor currently on the ballot include Democrats Supha Xayprasith-Mays, Anthony Bland, Chris Jones, James Russell and Libertarian Ricky Dale Harrington Jr.