Former Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, breaking from his party and begging voters to “restore decency and civility to the White House” and “put the country over party” by denying President Donald Trump a second term.
Flake retired from the Senate in 2017 because he disagreed with the direction the Republican Party was headed.
Flake’s endorsement of Biden could prove pivotal in the battleground state of Arizona, whose 11 Electoral College votes are up for grabs for the first time since 1996.
“I’ve been voting since 1984 when I proudly cast my first ballot for Ronald Reagan. I’ve been a conservative Republican my entire life. I’ve never before voted for a Democrat for president. But this year, principle and conscience require me to do just that. I’m voting for Joe Biden,” Flake said.
“Who will best restore decency and civility to the White House? Who can I be proud to tell my children and grandchildren I voted for?” Flake asked as images of his family rolled across the screen.
“My fellow Republicans, it’s not easy going against the head of our party. Believe me, I know. But I also know that character, moral leadership, integrity are values that we cannot put aside when we cast our vote for president. If we hold onto these values, our country will be better for it and so will our party,” the former Senator continued.
“And please, don’t let anyone tell you that by casting your vote for Joe Biden you’re somehow not being conservative,” Flake added. “This year, the most conservative thing you can do is to put the country over party. That’s what I’m doing. I hope you’ll join me.”
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