Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Monday that she is running for governor of Arkansas, CBS News reports.
"With the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense. In fact, your governor must be on the front line. So today I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas," Sanders said.
"As governor, I will defend our 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,” she continued. “Our state needs a leader with the courage to do what's right, not what's political correct or convenient."
Sanders seizes on Trump support:
Sanders, who served as the top White House spokesperson after Sean Spicer resigned, hopes to seize on the support for Trump inside the GOP for her bid. Current Gov. Asa Hutchinson cannot run again due to term limits.
Sanders served in the White House for over three years and drew support from Trump in 2019.
"After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas," he tweeted at the time. "She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas - she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!"
Sanders’ father Mike Huckabee served as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 before his unsuccessful presidential bid.
Sanders was repeatedly accused of lying to reporters as press secretary and admitted to lying to reporters in an interview with special counsel Bob Mueller’s team.
Sanders claimed to reporters after former FBI Director James Comey was fired that she heard from “countless” FBI agents that he had lost the confidence of the FBI’s rank-and-file.
But Mueller’s report said that she admitted to investigators that she had no evidence to support that claim.
She described the falsehood as a “slip of the tongue.”