Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders launched a bid earlier this year to become the next governor of Arkansas and quickly gained the support of Republicans from the state and across the country — including an important endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
Sanders added to her list of high-profile endorsements this week with a powerful nod from former Vice President Mike Pence.
“Will fight for the people of Arkansas”
In a statement praising Sanders for her conservative values, Pence pledged his “full support” ahead of next year’s gubernatorial election.
The former vice president’s glowing endorsement came on Monday in a tweet from his account and a subsequent tweet from Sanders.
Pence described her as “a Christian, a Conservative, and a Proud Arkansan who will fight for the people of Arkansas, stand with Law Enforcement, promote lower taxes, champion school choice, and more!”
In other big Sanders campaign news, Trump made a “surprise appearance” at one of her recent fundraisers, as she noted in a tweet on Monday.
Great weekend on the campaign trail featuring a surprise appearance at one of my events by President Trump! pic.twitter.com/mn81i9AbsU
— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) March 15, 2021
“Sarah will be a GREAT Governor”
Sanders proved to be one of Trump’s most popular White House hires and her approach to defending the Trump administration against an increasingly hostile press was well-received among Republicans in general.
It was only a short time after she announced her campaign in January that Trump formally endorsed her.
“Sarah is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers,” he said at the time. “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!”
In addition to the former president and vice president, Sanders’ high-profile GOP endorsements include her proud father, former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. In a campaign announcement video, Sanders touted her widespread support as well as her experience in the White House, which she called “one of the most difficult, high-pressure jobs in all of government.”
Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, also a Republican, represented her only real opposition until he dropped out of the gubernatorial race last month, presumably given the mounting support for the former Trump spokesperson. Instead, Griffin announced he would run for state attorney general.