Sarah Huckabee Sanders is adding more fuel to the rumors that she is mulling a gubernatorial run in her home state of Arkansas.
When asked if she would run for governor while speaking at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on Sunday, Sanders said, “I’m very seriously looking at it right now.
“My focus is on making sure we get the president re-elected first in 2020, and we’ll have plenty of time to focus on 2022 after that,” the former White House press secretary said.
Sanders also joked about running while talking to the conservative students attending the summit.
“Do you think I could recruit some volunteers from this room to come to Arkansas if I run?” she said, adding, “I love Arkansas, I love my home state, I am so happy to be back home, and we’ll see what happens, but certainly looking at that.”
Speculation about Sanders’ possible gubernatorial bid began to circulate in June after she resigned her White House post.
Politico reported at the time that Sanders and those in her inner circle had begun making calls to GOP donors and operatives in Arkansas to get a sense of interest in a potential run for her.
President Trump expressed his desire for her to run after announcing her departure.
The commander-in-chief brought her on stage during a June rally announcing his re-election bid and said to the crowd: “I have a feeling she’s going to be running for a certain gubernatorial position.”
When he tweeted an announcement of her resignation, Trump also mentioned his hopes for her political future.
“I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas — she would be fantastic,” he wrote on Twitter.
Sanders’ father, Mike Huckabee, served as Arkansas’ governor from 1997 to 2006.
The next gubernatorial election is not until 2022, when incumbent Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) finishes his final term. He is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
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