Republican Arkansas Governor Sarah Sanders delivered a significant endorsement on Wednesday in the 2024 GOP presidential nomination race.
“Our country has never needed Donald Trump more than we do right now,” Sanders proclaimed at a Hialeah, Florida rally supporting former President Donald Trump.
“We’ve got out-of-control inflation, violent crime, an open border, a rising China. Biden and the left have failed over and over again, and they know it, and you know it, and it is time for a change. That is why tonight I am so proud to endorse my former boss, my friend, and everybody’s favorite president, Donald J. Trump,” she added.
The rally is seen as a counterprogramming move by Trump, as the event is being held simultaneously with the third GOP presidential primary debate, just a few miles away in Miami.
Trump, the commanding front-runner for the nomination as he makes his third straight White House run, is once again abstaining from participating in the debates with his Republican rivals.
Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, served as White House press secretary for two of Trump’s four years in office. She has been a strong Trump ally since he left the White House.
Although she was convincingly elected Arkansas governor last November, she had remained neutral in the GOP presidential primary race until now. Her delay in making an endorsement had reportedly irked the former president, according to sources in Trump’s political orbit.
In Iowa and other crucial early voting states, current Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who served as ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration, are currently vying for second place in the polls.