Despite heavy rain earlier in the morning, gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders drew a large crowd to Hot Springs Village’s Balboa Pavilion Monday during her statewide Freedom Tour.
America is great because it is free – but with freedoms and the rule of law under attack, Arkansas needs someone who can not only fight, but also lead, Sanders says.
Rolling up in the red Freedom Tour bus, Sanders greeted an enthusiastic crowd that was also enjoying a free catfish dinner.
Introducing her husband, Bryan, Sanders also discussed their three children, saying she cares about the future they will grow up in.
Sanders joked about a conversation discussing the mother-daughter connection with her daughter, Scarlett.
“I’m telling her how proud we are of her; how thankful to God we are that we get to be her parents; and how beautiful she is on the inside and the outside … And as I’m telling her all these things, my sweet, wonderful 9-year-old daughter reaches up to me and she pats my shoulder and says, ‘It’s OK, mommy, one day you can be pretty, too.’”
“But in all seriousness, I’m running because I care about the future of this state. And I care about the future that my kids will grow up in. I want to make sure that when they go to school, they are actually being educated, not indoctrinated.”
“I want to make sure we are empowering parents, not government bureaucrats.”
Education is one key to the future, she says.
“I want to make sure we are preparing kids for the workforce, not a lifetime of government dependency,” she said. “We can and must do better for the kids that are growing up today.”
A graduate of Little Rock Central High School and Ouachita Baptist University, Sanders wants to ensure that all Arkansas children have opportunities she had for education. Emphasizing “you,” Sanders said, “That they can grow up and they can do anything they want. No matter where you start, you get to decide where you finish.”
She also discussed other issues during the informal rally. Sanders recently met with Arkansas business leaders to discuss creating a stronger workforce pipeline, elevating opportunities for employment, and expanding job training programs.
The state needs a strong governor, she says.
“Arkansas needs someone who can fight against the radical left and the crazy ideas coming out of Washington,” Sanders said. “I can assure you that I am prepared to do that.”
Sanders said she will lead and present good ideas for Arkansas. “Arkansas can’t move up if we don’t have somebody who has good ideas for the future.”
Among other ideas, Sanders wants to start phasing out the state income tax, citing the current large state surplus. She also has recently met with public safety officials and educators to discuss needs of the state.
After her talk, Sanders met a long line of Villagers wanting to meet her. Later in the afternoon, she visited a Dairy Queen in west Little Rock.