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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Announces Over $9 Million Raised

July 15, 2021

Most money raised by a gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas’ history


Little Rock, AR – Sarah Huckabee Sanders will report raising $4.2 million in the second quarter, including more than $1.5 million from Arkansans, increasing her total to a staggering $9.1 million from over 67,000 donors. This shatters the record for the most money ever raised by any campaign for governor in state history.

In Arkansas, the campaign has raised more than $3 million total from nearly 9,000 Arkansans.

“I am thankful for the outpouring of support from all across our state,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “It’s clear Arkansans want a leader who will defend our freedom and stand up to the radical left, grow our economy and create jobs, and increase access to quality education and opportunity for a brighter, more prosperous future.”
 

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Behind the Scenes: In the Situation Room

July 11, 2021

The White House Situation Room is not just one room, but several. There are multiple meeting rooms and a main control center where members of the military and the National Security Council gathered and received intelligence, monitored crises around the world, and provided support to White House staff on a number of national security matters. The Situation Room staff also compiled and handled the dissemination of the Morning Book, an intelligence report given to the president, vice president, White House chief of staff, and national security advisor. They also put together morning and evening summaries, hand-delivered to a few senior officials around the building, myself included. Reading the morning and evening summaries from the Situation Room staff was a sobering way to start and end the day.

The primary meeting room for the president in the Situation Room was the John F. Kennedy Conference Room. It had a large table in the middle of the room that seated fourteen in large black leather chairs, with rows of smaller leather chairs on each side of the room lined against the wall for additional staff to participate in meetings. Seats were designated by protocol order. Whoever chaired the meeting always sat at the head of the table. Any time the president was present, that was his seat. A Presidential Seal hung on the wall behind the president’s seat and clocks set to different times in key locations around the world adorned the other wall. There was a large screen in front of the table used for secure video conferencing and to present briefing materials to the group. There were no windows in the Situation Room, and phones and computers were strictly prohibited.

During an emergency principals small group meeting after another North Korea nuclear test, at the table in the Situation Room sat Chief of Staff John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and me. The president was given the threat assessment and options to respond from his national security team. We discussed how strong the administration’s statement should be, who it should come from, and whether it should be issued in writing or on camera. I hadn’t said much since the meeting started, but the president suddenly turned to me and asked me what he should do. I said I liked the idea of delivering a simple, clear message on camera from the White House because it would present a unified front from the administration and command more media attention than a written or on-camera statement from the State Department or Department of Defense. The president agreed and we spent the last part of the meeting finalizing the statement that would be delivered outside the West Wing by General Mattis, with General Dunford standing beside him. Having two distinguished military leaders issue the statement would project strength and confidence to the world and especially North Korea.

We wanted the leadership of North Korea to understand clearly that America wasn’t going to be bullied. They were threatening the strongest military on the face of the earth, and if they started a war against the United States it would end in their deaths. General Mattis delivered the statement, which included a line I wrote: “Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea. But as I said, we have many options to do so.”

Afterward, General Mattis turned to me and said, “You’re tough. The only job in the administration I’d want less than mine is yours.”

Thanks for reading,

-Sarah

“Mike Masterson: Honoring vets” – AR Dem Gazette

June 29, 2021

The sky was robin’s egg blue peppered with pearl clouds when Sarah Huckabee Sanders breezed in and out of Harrison last week. She’d been invited by veterans groups to address and meet the community’s former military servicemen and women as they dedicated the community’s renovated veterans resource center called Camp Jack.

The expansive auditorium in the historic building with its shiny tile floor echoed with conversations against a lectern framed by 10 flags and the scents of popcorn, coffee, cupcakes and doughnuts. Balloons bearing the stars and stripes floated from tables.

There was standing room only. After all, this was a landmark day for veterans from throughout Boone County and beyond who’d longed for decades to have a spacious place they could gather in fellowship and camaraderie.

One thing Sanders didn’t come for was to push her campaign for governor, which seemed just fine with the 300 or so guests, residents and, of course, the veterans themselves. One man pointed out that two Razorback football seasons still must pass before the next election.

As just the third female and the first mother to serve as a presidential press secretary, the whip-smart 38-year-old graduate of Central High School and Ouachita Baptist University and daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee wanted the throng to know how close she feels to those who’ve served our nation in defending its freedoms.

“I really wanted to come and do this today,” she said. “There is no greater representation of the greatness of our nation than its veterans.” It was apparent to me from her comments that her soft spot for older men in veterans caps runs deep and sincere.

“Good people do everything they can to protect the values of our communities, state and country,” she said. “One reason I’m here is to say thank you. This is a special place for special people.” Clad in a fashionable blue dress, Sanders said America is the greatest, most free country the world has ever known, but we could lose that should we lose our love for our foundations as a nation. She said those who have gone before and sacrificed for us with their lives allow us the freedom to pursue our dreams.


Click here to read Mike Masterson’s entire column.

Behind the Scenes: Visiting the U.S.-Mexico Border

June 24, 2021

So much of what you see about elected officials and candidates is filtered through a biased media that twists words and narratives, and isn’t interested in understanding the real story. As we move forward, I want to make sure you get an authentic, behind the scenes look at my time in the White House and now on the campaign trail – straight from me and my team. Let’s start at a place the Biden-Harris administration is neglecting: the U.S.-Mexico border.

One of the things we finalized over a weekend at Camp David was for President Trump to take a trip to the border to make his case for the wall. Prior to the president’s border visit, we also planned for the president to deliver his first nationally televised Oval Office address to the country on the shutdown and border crisis. I worked with all of the major television networks to nail down a block of prime time for the president to give his address Tuesday night ahead of the border visit.

The next morning I went to Stephen Miller’s second-floor office and worked directly with him, Jared Kushner, and Derek Lyons on the address. We spent the next several hours going in and out of the back dining room of the Oval Office, consulting with the president and writing and rewriting. We must have gone back and forth a half-dozen times. The president wanted to open his first Oval Office address to the country with a list of his economic accomplishments. We recommended he keep his remarks focused on the crisis at the border and his solution to it. Still unresolved, we took a break.

That night the president walked down the colonnade to deliver his first Oval Office address. He sat at the Resolute desk with pictures of his parents and the American and presidential flags behind him. Only the pool television network and a few senior staff were present in the room. I held my breath as the clock struck 9:00 p.m. and the president began his remarks to the country. We had won the debate on the opening, and I still have the first page of that draft where we got to strike through it with the words VICTORY written in all red caps at the top of the page.

Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.…


The next day I attended a meeting in the Cabinet Room with the president and congressional leadership. The president brought in some candy, and offered to share with Chuck and Nancy. The candy was from a place in New York that both Schumer and Trump knew well. They spent the first few minutes reminiscing about life in New York. There is a bit of friendliness between them, but it didn’t last long once the meeting got under way.

Nancy immediately asked, “Why are you hurting people with this shutdown?”

“I don’t want to hurt anybody,” said the president. “I want to protect our country and our people. We can open up the government today. You say you want border security. If we open the government today, in thirty days will you also fund border security, including the wall?”

“No,” Pelosi said.

The president calmly said, “Okay, then this is a waste of time. Bye-bye.”

The president walked out, and Pelosi lost it.

The next day I flew on Air Force One with the president to McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most heavily trafficked areas for illegal border crossings. At a US Border Patrol station, the president talked with the brave men and women protecting us along our southern border and with relatives of law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty by illegal immigrants in front of a cache of seized guns, drugs, and money.

CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta went down ahead of President Trump to do some “investigative reporting” on the border, and posted a video of himself in front of a section of border wall: “I found some steel slats down on the border,” said Acosta. “But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation, at least not in the McAllen, Texas, area of the border where Trump will be today.” I tweeted back to Acosta: “When I went with President @realDonaldTrump to the border today I never imagined @Acosta would be there doing our job for us and so clearly explaining why WALLS WORK. Thanks Jim!”

Thank you for reading,

Sarah

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Raises Nearly $5 Million In First Quarter

April 15, 2021

Shatters Quarterly Fundraising Record in Arkansas

Little Rock, AR – Sarah Huckabee Sanders will report raising over $4.8 million in the two months since announcing her candidacy on January 25th – including more than $1.5 million from Arkansans – shattering the record for most money ever raised in a quarter by any campaign in state history.

“I am grateful for the generous support of so many Arkansans – in 60 days we held over 50 events in Arkansas and received more than 6,500 donations across all 75 counties of the state. Our message of limiting government and advancing education and opportunity is clearly resonating,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Overall, the campaign had over 34,700 donors at an average contribution amount of under $97 per donation in the first quarter. 90% of the campaign’s donations were $100 or less.

“With the radical left in control of Washington, our governors are our last line of defense,” Sanders said. “I will be on the front line of the fight for freedom and am encouraged to have so many friends across our state and country standing with us.”

Vice President Mike Pence Endorses Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Governor

March 15, 2021
Little Rock, AR — Vice President Mike Pence endorsed Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Governor of Arkansas today.

In a statement, Vice President Pence said: “Sarah Huckabee Sanders is 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. Sarah will be a great Governor and has my full support!”
More about Sarah
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas. She served as White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidant of the President, Sarah advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. For two and a half years, Sarah worked closely with the president, battling with the media, working with lawmakers and CEOs, and accompanying the president on every foreign trip, including dozens of meetings with foreign leaders. Sarah is only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House press secretary.

Upon her departure from the administration, President Trump described Sarah as “irreplaceable,” a “warrior” and “very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job.”

Sarah joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary, and continued in that role through the President’s historic defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Sarah has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. In Arkansas, Sarah was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, and was campaign manager for Senator John Boozman in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. In 2007 and 2008, Sarah helped lead her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his national political director. Sarah served in the Department of Education during President George W. Bush’s administration, and was campaign manager of the ONE campaign, a global non-profit founded by U2’s Bono to take action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Sarah has been recognized in Fortune and TIME Magazine “40 under 40.” She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Speaking for Myself,” a former Fox News contributor, and serves on the Fulbright board.

Sarah grew up in Pine Bluff and Texarkana, and is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High and Ouachita Baptist University. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Bryan, their children Scarlett, Huck, and George, and their golden retriever, Traveler.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders issues statement on Tim Griffin’s exit from Governor’s race

February 8, 2021

Little Rock, AR — Sarah Huckabee Sanders today released the following statement in response to Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin’s announcement that he’ll exit the race for Governor and instead run for Attorney General:

“Tim Griffin has been a strong voice for Arkansas and I look forward to working with him to unite our party and make our state better. I wish Tim and his family the very best.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced for Governor two weeks ago by video, laying out her qualifications and vision for Arkansas. The announcement video has now been viewed more than seven million times across her social media platforms. She previously announced her campaign had raised $1 million in its first four days, including donations from all 75 counties in Arkansas.

“I’m grateful for the outpouring of support from Arkansans for my campaign – our message is powerfully resonating with people in every corner of our state. As governor, I will represent all Arkansans, defend our freedom and lead with heart,” Sanders said.

More about Sarah
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas. She served as White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidant of the President, Sarah advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. For two and a half years, Sarah worked closely with the president, battling with the media, working with lawmakers and CEOs, and accompanying the president on every foreign trip, including dozens of meetings with foreign leaders. Sarah is only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House press secretary.

Upon her departure from the administration, President Trump described Sarah as “irreplaceable,” a “warrior” and “very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job.”

Sarah joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary, and continued in that role through the President’s historic defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Sarah has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. In Arkansas, Sarah was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, and was campaign manager for Senator John Boozman in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. In 2007 and 2008, Sarah helped lead her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his national political director. Sarah served in the Department of Education during President George W. Bush’s administration, and was campaign manager of the ONE campaign, a global non-profit founded by U2’s Bono to take action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Sarah has been recognized in Fortune and TIME Magazine “40 under 40.” She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Speaking for Myself,” a former Fox News contributor, and serves on the Fulbright board.

Sarah grew up in Pine Bluff and Texarkana, and is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High and Ouachita Baptist University. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Bryan, their children Scarlett, Huck, and George, and their golden retriever, Traveler.

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders reveals her plans for Arkansas if elected governor” – Fox News

January 30, 2021

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders outlined her plans…if she wins the race for Arkansas governor.

“The former White House press secretary under President Trump detailed a plan to grow the economy and champion school choice.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Sanders Announces Support from All 75 Counties of Arkansas and Over One Million Dollars Raised since Monday

January 28, 2021

Campaign has raised over one million dollars in less than a week, including donations from Arkansans in every county in the state

Little Rock, AR — The Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Governor campaign today announced it has raised over one million dollars since Monday, including contributions from Arkansans in all 75 counties of the state.

“I’m grateful for the outpouring of support from Arkansans for my campaign – our message is powerfully resonating with people in every corner of our state. As governor, I will represent all Arkansans, defend our freedom and lead with heart,” Sanders said.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced for Governor on Monday by video, laying out her qualifications and vision for Arkansas. The announcement video has now been viewed more than five million times across her social media platforms.

More about Sarah
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a Republican candidate for Governor of Arkansas. She served as White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidant of the President, Sarah advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. For two and a half years, Sarah worked closely with the president, battling with the media, working with lawmakers and CEOs, and accompanying the president on every foreign trip, including dozens of meetings with foreign leaders. Sarah is only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House press secretary.

Upon her departure from the administration, President Trump described Sarah as “irreplaceable,” a “warrior” and “very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job.”

Sarah joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary, and continued in that role through the President’s historic defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Sarah has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. In Arkansas, Sarah was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, and was campaign manager for Senator John Boozman in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. In 2007 and 2008, Sarah helped lead her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his national political director. Sarah served in the Department of Education during President George W. Bush‘s administration, and was campaign manager of the ONE campaign, a global non-profit founded by U2’s Bono to take action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Sarah has been recognized in Fortune and TIME Magazine “40 under 40.” She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Speaking for Myself,” a former Fox News contributor, and serves on the Fulbright board.

Sarah grew up in Pine Bluff and Texarkana, and is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High and Ouachita Baptist University. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Bryan, their children Scarlett, Huck, and George, and their golden retriever, Traveler.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Announces Campaign for Governor of Arkansas

January 25, 2021

Outlines vision to defend our freedom and lead with heart

Little Rock, AR — Sarah Huckabee Sanders today announced her candidacy for Governor of Arkansas. In a video, Sanders noted the important role our governor will have defending Arkansans with the radical left now in control of Washington, and outlined her vision for increasing freedom, security and prosperity in our state. Included here are some key excerpts, or you can click here to watch the announcement video.

Defending Arkansans
“Everything we love about America is at stake – and 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 frontline…Our state needs a leader with the courage to do what’s right – not what’s politically correct or convenient…So today, I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas, and ask for your prayers and support.”

Freedom and Civility
“I was the first White House press secretary to require Secret Service protection because of a credible violent threat against me. We’ve seen violence in our streets, at a Congressional baseball practice, and our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. To remain free, we must have law and order and resolve our differences peacefully. The radical left’s ‘solution’ is to impose government control and censorship from the top down. But their socialism and cancel culture will not heal America – it will only further divide and destroy us…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.”

A New Generation of Leadership
“The real test of a leader is not the way you handle the issues you know are coming – it’s rising to the moment in a crisis you can never plan for. I have been tested under fire, successfully managing one crisis after another in one of the most difficult, high-pressure jobs in all of government… enduring relentless attacks, but getting the job done…As your governor, I will not be intimidated by the serious challenges we face. I will courageously lead.”

“I will stand with our brave law enforcement officers…prohibit sanctuary cities…and fight back against the radical environmental policies like the Green New Deal that threaten to destroy so many jobs. I will take on the bureaucracy, reduce the cost and size of government, and make it accountable to you. I will lower the state income tax to reward hard work, allow our businesses to compete, grow, and prosper, and create more good jobs. I will champion good schools and good teachers, but also offer more choices to parents of kids in failing schools. Every child must have the opportunity of a quality education – and no child should ever be trapped in a life of poverty and despair.”

“We will succeed, but only if we the hold the line against the attacks on our freedom and push forward with fresh ideas under a new generation of leadership… As governor, I will defend our freedom and lead with heart…”

More about Sarah
Sarah Huckabee Sanders served as White House press secretary for President Donald J. Trump from 2017 to 2019. A trusted confidant of the President, Sarah advised him on everything from press and communications strategy to personnel and policy. For two and a half years, Sarah worked closely with the president, battling with the media, working with lawmakers and CEOs, and accompanying the president on every foreign trip, including dozens of meetings with foreign leaders. Sarah is only the third woman – and the very first mom – to ever hold the job of White House press secretary.

Upon her departure from the administration, President Trump described Sarah as “irreplaceable,” a “warrior” and “very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job.”

Sarah joined the Trump campaign as a senior advisor in February 2016 during the Republican primary, and continued in that role through the President’s historic defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Sarah has previously worked in leadership roles for U.S. Senators, Governors, and presidential campaigns. In Arkansas, Sarah was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Pryor, and was campaign manager for Senator John Boozman in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln. In 2007 and 2008, Sarah helped lead her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, to victory in the Iowa Caucuses and seven other states as his national political director. Sarah served in the Department of Education during President George W. Bush‘s administration, and was campaign manager of the ONE campaign, a global non-profit founded by U2’s Bono to take action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Sarah has been recognized in Fortune and TIME Magazine “40 under 40.” She is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Speaking for Myself,” a former Fox News contributor, and serves on the Fulbright board.

Sarah grew up in Pine Bluff and Texarkana, and is a proud graduate of Little Rock Central High and Ouachita Baptist University. She lives in Little Rock with her husband, Bryan, their children Scarlett, Huck, and George, and their golden retriever, Traveler.

For more information, contact [email protected], or go to SarahForGovernor.com