Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders charged back into the spotlight last week when she confirmed rumors that she’s considering running for public office.
Ever since Sanders left the White House in the Spring, many have wondered if she was actually done with the public sector for good. After stepping down from her role in the Trump administration, she accepted a position at Fox News as a contributor, but many speculated that she was plotting a return to public service.
Rumors swirled that she was considering running for governor in her home state of Arkansas in 2024, but she remained quiet on the subject up until now.
Sanders told the New York Times that “There are two types of people who run for office … People that are called and people that just want to be a senator or governor. I feel like I’ve been called.”
Indeed, public service is in Sanders’ DNA, as her father, Mike Huckabee served as the governor of Arkansas for 11 years, and ran for President twice. Sanders herself has worked for many campaigns, including her father’s 2008 presidential campaign as national political director. She has also played key roles in several other candidates’ campaigns for state and federal office during her career.
Sanders did not officially confirm her intention to run for Arkansas governor yet, but she did heavily imply that she’s seriously considering it. She continued in the interview, “It’s the role I’ve been pushed into … I wouldn’t want to do that if I wasn’t the right person to fit what the state needed at that time.”
According to reports, Sanders has the support of the Republican Party of Arkansas if she chooses to run, and Donald Trump, whom she has maintained a warm relationship with after leaving the administration, has indicated his approval of the potential candidacy.
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