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A Huckabee joins Trump campaign

by Frank E. Lockwood | February 26, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is shown in this file photo.

"You're hired."

That's the message, more or less, from New York billionaire Donald Trump to the daughter of a two-time presidential candidate from Arkansas.

The Trump campaign announced Thursday that Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, has joined his campaign as a senior adviser.

The campaign announcement didn't say if it was a paid position.

"I have great respect for Governor Mike Huckabee and we have a mutual admiration for our wonderful families. It is great to have his daughter, Sarah, join the campaign," Trump said in a campaign news release.

In the statement, Sanders said she volunteered to join the campaign, calling Trump "a champion of working families; not Washington-Wall Street elites."

Describing the candidate as a "pro-life, pro-marriage candidate," she said, "I'm honored to help Mr. Trump Make America Great Again."

Sanders, who managed her father's 2016 presidential campaign, will be on hand when Trump visits Northwest Arkansas this weekend.

She also managed John Boozman's successful campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010 and is "experienced, capable and well-respected in the political arena," said Doyle Webb, chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas.

"She knows what it takes to win a race and gives her all to do so," he said in an email.

Asked how she got to know the Republican front-runner, she said in an email that she "met him several times along the campaign trail. Nice guy, very close to his family."

As an adviser, she said she'll be "mostly focused on helping in SEC states and doing whatever I can to help Mr. Trump get elected."

The SEC states is a reference to states such as Arkansas that have universities participating in Southeastern Conference sports. Many of those states will be holding primaries Tuesday.

Shortly before Sanders' support was announced, Huckabee told Fox Business Network that Trump probably will secure the Republican presidential nomination "unless something dramatic happens."

He also chided 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for suggesting that Trump's tax returns could contain details that would damage the billionaire's 2016 bid.

Sanders, who lives in Little Rock, said her father, a Florida resident, is "happy for me" but is remaining neutral.

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