Ed Lane, Gov. Greg Abbott and Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Appears At Half Pint
Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared before an enthusiastic crowd in Wichita Falls, Tex. at the Half Pint to endorse Greg Abbott for governor of the Lone Star State. Abbott presented a campaign speech after Huckabee spoke.
Sanders, who is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. is herself seeking nomination in the Republican primary. of Arkansas.
Huckabee Served as White House Press Secretary
Before deciding to run for governor of Arkansas, Huckabee served as the 31st White House press secretary. She worked under President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2019. She is the third woman to serve in that position.
Born in Hope,Arkansas, she attended Ouachita Baptist University and Little Rock Central High School.
A trusted adviser to President Trump, she provided input on everything from communications strategy and press relations to personnel and policy.
Huckabee First Mother to Serve as Press Secretary
While she was the third woman to serve as White House press secretary, she was only the first mother to serve in that influential position..She actually accompanied the President on every foreign trip, including dozens of meetings with foreign leaders.
When she departed from the White House, President Trump described her as "irreplaceable," a :warrior and "a very special person with incredible talents, who has done an incredible job."
Huckabee Involved In Trump Election Against Hillary Clinton
Huckabee was an early supporter of Trump who joined the campaign as a senior advisor in February of 2016 during the hard fought campaign in which there were as many as twenty candidates at one point. /She also was involved in the stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Huckabee HIstory of Success
Huckabee has an incredible record of success in helping campaigns. She was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Cotton in 2014 when he defeaaaaatead incumbent Senator Mark Pryor. She was also campaign manager for Senator John Boozman in 2010 when he defeated incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "It is so good to be in front of a crowd that is happy to see you!"
She was joking about the hostility she often received from some members of the Washington press corp when she served as President Trump's press secretary.
She said, "During my two and a half years as Donald Trump's press secretary I never received cheers from the news media when I stepped to the microphone."
'Am I the Only Person In the Room Who Hasn't Killed Somebody?'
Sanders also recalled a time during the Trump Administration when she walked into a room full of generals during the North Korean negotiations. She thought she would make the atmosphere lighter so she joked to Defense Secretary Mike Pompeo, "Am I the only person in this room who hasn't either killed somebody or ordered someone killed?"
She said instead of laughing, Pompeo took the question seriously. "He looked around the room and then told her, 'Yes, you are the only one."
'Easiest Thing I Do'
Huckabee went on to say,, "What I'm doing today is one of the easiest things I do. One of the things I love about this country are meeting the great people who defend it, You have nobody better to represent Texas than Greg Abbott. I am honored to be here today with Gov. Abbott."
Abbott Praises Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Abbott followed Sanders to the microphone and said, "We need Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be the next governor of Arkansas. She is a great conservative."
Texas No. 1 in Female-owned Small Businesses
Abbott praised the female owner of the Half-PInt Tap,saying, "She is one of the outstanding female business owners. Texas is the best state for female, small-owned businesses.".
Sarah Helped Father In Election Campaign
When her father Mike Huckabee decided to run for President in 2007 and 2008, his loyal daughter helped him win the Iowa caucuses and seven other states in her role as National Political director for his campaign.
She played a major role in her father's strong showing.
Sarah Helped U2's Bono One Campaign
Another of Sarah's remarkable accomplishments was to serve as campaign manager for the global campaign to end poverty, known as the ONE project. Another goal was to end preventable disease in Africa.
Recognized In Fortune and TIME Magazine
The Arkansas native has also been recognized by Fortune and TIME Magazine in "40 Under 40 program.
She lives in Little Rock with her husband and three children.
James Frank and Drew Stringer
Abbott praised State Rep. James Frank and State Senator Drew Striinger for passing important bills in the Texas Legislature.
The overflow crowd included political adviser Reno Gustafson, Franks, Stringer and Lee Ann Haines, president of Wichita County Republican Women.
Texas Votes March 1
The Texas primaries are Tuesday, March 1 for governor and other races. Huckabee provided welcome wit and humor as did Gov. Greg Abbott during their joint appearance.
Ricky Baxter and Sarah Sanders Huckabee
Gov. Greg Abbott
Abbott Wins Primary
Abbott rolled to a convincing win in the Republican primary. He will face Beto O'Rourke in the general election in November.
Abbott received a total of 1,286, 525 votes. Allen West was second with 238,030 votes.
O'Rourke won the Democratic Primary with 966, 210 votes.
Sanders Opponents Drop Out
Sanders top two rivals for the Republican nomination for governor of Arkansas have dropped out of the race. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffen opted out of the gubernatorial contest and switched to the Attorney General's race.
Her other main competitor Leslie Rutledge has changed to the lieutenant governor's race.
Sanders said she is nationalizing the campaign She explained if "you're not paying attention to what's going on in the country, you're missing what's going on."
The Arkansas primary for governor is not until May 24, 2022, so there is still time to garner votes. With her two main rivals withdrawing, Sanders is expected to win the GOP nomination and face the Democratic Party nominee in the Nov. 8 general election.
Sanders is the daughter of former governor Mike Huckabee, who was a preacher before entering politics.
Sanders holds a commanding lead in the Republican primary and may face Chris Jones as the Democratic nominee come general election. Jones leads all other Democrats in the polls.
Arkansas Called a Test Case
Arkansas has been called a test case in that the state has in the past swung from electing Democrat Bill Clinton governor to choosing Republican Mike Huckabee governor. Which way will the state swing in 2022?