Sarah Huckabee Sanders joins Pawlenty's presidential campaign
July 5th, 2011
03:23 PM ET
9 years ago

Sarah Huckabee Sanders joins Pawlenty's presidential campaign

(CNN)-It's almost like the first day at a new school for Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who officially joined the presidential campaign of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Tuesday.

The daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will serve as Pawlenty's senior political adviser with an instrumental role in Iowa, where she "helped lead her father…to victory in the Iowa caucuses as his national political director," according to a written statement released the same day.

Pawlenty called Sanders a "results-oriented person with a great track record in Iowa and around the country," based on her experience with Huckabee's 2008 bid for the presidency, including a second-place finish at the Ames Straw Poll and his win at the first-in-the-nation caucus.

Huckabee announced that he would not seek the 2012 GOP nomination for president in mid-May.

"It's clear to me that Gov. Pawlenty has what it takes to unite the party, unite the country, and beat President Obama," Sanders said, adding that the Hawkeye state "holds a special place in my heart."

She will be responsible for outreach in Iowa as Pawlenty prepares to compete in the upcoming Ames Straw Poll held in August.

Pawlenty has made over 20 trips to Iowa since January and formally announced his presidential campaign in Des Moines in May, but a recent Des Moines Register poll placed support for his candidacy at 6 percent among caucus-goers.

Pawlenty raised $4.2 million dollars for his presidential effort between April and June.

Related: Pawlenty raised $4 million in second quarter

Related: Poll: Good news for Romney, Bachmann in Iowa

Filed under: 2012 • Mike Huckabee • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Dress him up anyway you wish. He will still be the same guy that ran MN budget into the ground.

    July 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Tim

    It won't matter who helps this glob of mayonnaise. We lived with this guy in Minn. for 8 darn years and what a disingenuous, boorish, hypocrite he was. Unbelievably, he touts his record in MN! Left us with so much debt that our government is shutdown. And he's PROUD of it. Keep in mind that he never received more than 46% of the vote here because of our strong third party presence. His name is certainly mud around here.

    July 5, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. steven harnack

    All that a candidate has to do to win Iowa is to promise to take us back to 1950(but with way lower taxes of course) and to increase corn/ethanol subsidies. They seem to be making an industry out of political pandering too.

    July 5, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. ConservaFASCISTS

    I'd like to see the spin Ms. Huckabee puts on how T-Paw left Minnesota with a massive deficit.

    July 5, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Annie, Atlanta

    I kind of feel sorry for this guy. He's like the little engine that couldn't. I don't think he could even win his own state of MN, after the mess he left for them. What is it about Republicans and the messes they leave behind that we, the taxpayers, are forced to pay dearly for, while they escape blame and lay it at the feet of school teachers instead? What is with that? Guys that get rich from their positions (ever notice that), blaming their shortfalls on people who barely eek out a living? Really?

    July 5, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. scott

    great another daughter, of a political hack, getting into politics.

    July 5, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. roscoe

    Next, maybe Sarah Bristol Michele Mittens Limbaugh will join his team, too.

    July 5, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Patrick from Minnesota

    That guy thinks that despite leaving my state with a $6 billion deficit and refusing to work with the Legislature to create a budget, he can be President?!?! The fact that he calls himself the man with results only shows how much he is out of touch with reality and his people.

    July 5, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. diridi

    I told you this dude is an idiot...o.k, wrong strings.....wrong knots.....o.k, just a plain idiot...that's it....It is hard for GOP thugs to win in the is not 1980s any more....we are in electronic age...not ice age...

    July 5, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    LOL. This guy is good for a laugh at least every other day. Any bridges he wants to inspect or reconstruct in MN?
    The spawns continue to pretent they know better.

    July 5, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |