A former Republican senator from Arizona urged fellow conservatives to be part of him in voting for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in a brand new video advert recorded for the Biden marketing campaign.

Jeff Flake, 57, has represented Arizona in each the U.S. House and Senate. He served as a senator from 2013 till 2019 and has gathered a repute for being an outspoken critic of Trump.

Flake’s official endorsement of Biden got here on August 24, shortly earlier than the Republican National Convention. He joined greater than two dozen former Republican members of Congress in expressing assist for the Democratic candidate, citing the necessity to elect “someone who will stop the chaos and reverse the damage.”

But in the one-minute video he tweeted on Wednesday, Flake revealed that the 2020 election could be the primary time he has ever solid a poll for a Democratic presidential nominee.

“This year, principle and conscience require me to do just that. I’m voting for Joe Biden,” Flake mentioned. “When you fill out your own ballot, ask yourself, ‘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?'”

The historically conservative Republican appealed to like-minded voters in the video, acknowledging the difficulties of going towards the top of the social gathering. Flake understands this notably properly, as he printed a ebook in 2017, Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle, that expanded upon his anti-Trump views.

Flake hit again at Trump’s untraditional strategy to the White House—one thing celebrated by politicians and Trump’s supporters alike—writing his “volatile unpredictability is not a virtue.”

“We have quite enough volatile actors to deal with internationally as it is without becoming one of them,” Flake wrote.

Flake introduced in 2017 that he would end out the remainder of his time period however wouldn’t search re-election, citing in a now-famous speech the state of Republican politics in the Trump period as his reasoning.

Flake took a number of digs on the president, telling his fellow senators that “we must never adjust to the present coarseness of our national dialogue, with the tone set at the top.”

“We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country,” he continued in his retirement speech, delivered on the Senate ground. “The personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms and institution, the flagrant disregard for truth and decency, the reckless provocations.”

In his video recorded for Biden’s marketing campaign, Flake dismissed the notion that voting for the Democratic candidate is “somehow not being conservative.”

“This year, the most conservative thing you can do is to put country over party,” Flake mentioned. “That’s what I’m doing, I hope you’ll join me.”

Flake is certainly one of a number of Republican politicians reportedly into account for roles in a attainable Biden administration, Politico reported. Others embrace former Ohio Governor John Kasich and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, with the Biden marketing campaign telling Politico {that a} “diversity of ideology and background is a core value of the transition.”

Trump, for his half, has repeatedly criticized Flake on Twitter, calling him a “Flake” who was “humiliatingly forced out of his own Senate seat without event a fight.”


Jeff Flake, former GOP Senator from Arizona, walks by means of the halls exterior of the Senate Chamber throughout President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on the U.S. Capitol January 21. Flake urged fellow conservatives to be part of him in voting for Democratic nominee Joe Biden in a brand new video advert recorded for the Biden marketing campaign on October 28.
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Flake’s video comes the identical day each campaigns made stops in Arizona, with 5 days remaining till the November 3 election.

Senator Kamala Harris, who’s Biden’s operating mate, visited Phoenix and Tucson to encourage individuals to vote. Trump can also be holding two rallies in Arizona. The first shall be directed at Nevada voters however carried out in Bullhead City, Arizona, whereas the second shall be held at an airfield in Phoenix.

Recent polls carried out throughout Arizona nonetheless predict a decent race in the traditionally crimson state, which Trump received by lower than 3 share factors in 2016. This 12 months, polling web site FiveThirtyEight positioned Biden forward of Trump by 3.5 share factors as of October 28.

A current Gravis Marketing survey discovered Biden with 48 % of voters’ assist, in contrast to Trump’s 44 %. But a Morning Consult ballot carried out from October 11 and October 20 had Trump in the lead, receiving 48 % of the vote share in contrast to Biden’s 47 %.