Aug 24, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Jeff Flake joins "Republicans for Biden" group

Jeff Flake.
Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, along with more than two dozen former GOP members of Congress, signed onto a "Republicans for Biden" effort, Fox News reports.

Why it matters: The group is part of the Biden campaign's strategy to appeal to moderate Republicans currently on the fence about backing President Trump.

  • Its Monday launch was timed to coincide with the first day of the Republican National Convention.
  • Four Republicans, including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, backed Joe Biden during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention last week.

The big picture: Flake has long been a Trump critic and the president was a major factor in his not to run for re-election in 2018.

  • He urged Republicans not to vote for Trump last year, saying "you cannot go elsewhere for a soul."

What they're saying: "These former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden," a Biden campaign official told Fox News.

  • "[T]hey know what’s at stake in this election and that Trump’s failures as president have superseded partisanship."
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