Former television anchor and former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake has set her sights on the U.S. Senate. Lake, who recently filed the necessary paperwork to launch her Senate campaign, made the announcement during a spirited rally in Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday.
With more than two decades of experience as a television anchor, Lake has a strong presence in Arizona’s media landscape.
“I am not going to retreat,” she declared to a crowd. “I’m going to stand on top of this hill with every single one of you. And I know you’re on my side as I formally announce my candidacy for the United States Senate.”
Lake also took to X to share a clip of her speech, alongside a message that partly reads, “I want to protect Arizona, and I want to protect the United States of America. I promise I will make you proud.”
I'm in this for us Arizonans, and when you elect me to the United States Senate, you are electing a mama bear on a mission to protect not just my kiddos, not just my babies.
I want to protect Arizona, and I want to protect the United States of America. I promise I will make you… pic.twitter.com/bW9tMdnoSP
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) October 11, 2023
One of Lake’s main competitors in the Republican primary is expected to be Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb.
Lake’s previous bid for Arizona governor in the 2022 midterms drew considerable attention. During her campaign, she emphasized the importance of election integrity, a key issue for many Republicans. Although she narrowly lost the election to Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs, Lake has not conceded.
While specific campaign plans have not been revealed, Lake’s Senate campaign has scored the support of former President Donald Trump. In a video message played during the announcement event, Trump voiced his endorsement, saying, “In the Senate, we have to have a big, strong majority to help me push our America First agenda through and to push it through really fast.”
“And that starts right here, tonight, by helping Kari Lake win in Arizona. She will win,” the GOP presidential candidate added.
Lake’s transition from the media to politics has been marked by her vocal support for former President Trump, as she is a known advocate of his potential 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Even during her announcement on Tuesday, the former journalist expressed belief that the United States would be better with Trump as president.
“We’ve got one year to save this country, and we’ve got to go in a different direction, people. “We’ve got to go away from Joe Biden,” she stated, per Axios.