Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced a run for governor of Arkansas on Monday, calling the position “the last line of defense” against the “radical left” in Washington.
“As governor, 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,” Sanders said in a video announcing her candidacy. “Our state needs a leader with the courage to do what’s right, not what’s politically correct or convenient.”
Sanders has toyed with launching a campaign since leaving her White House post in 2019 and has been quietly planning for the bid over the last year. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson cannot seek re-election in 2022 because of term limits.
Sanders, whose father, Mike Huckabee, was governor from 1996 to 2007, took over as press secretary from Sean Spicer, who resigned in 2017. A loyal ally of former President Donald Trump, she had a contentious relationship with the White House press corps and all but did away with official briefings during her 2½-year tenure.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Monica Alba, Hallie Jackson and Tim Stelloh