Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona was one of multiple former GOP senators to officially endorse Biden for president in a statement released Monday morning.
Flake, who served in the Senate from 2013 to 2019 after serving 12 years in the House of Representatives, has long expressed his concerns with Trump.
In a video explaining his endorsement that was emailed out to Biden campaign supporters on Monday, Flake explained that he voted for a third-party candidate rather than Trump in the 2016 election.
“I have never before voted for a Democrat for president. But I’ve been asked many times over the past four years if I, as a conservative, could vote for a Democrat for President. ‘Sure,’ has been my ready answer, ‘if he or she were a Joe Biden-kinda-Democrat,’” Flake stated.
“Well, the Democratic Party just nominated a Joe Biden-kinda-Democrat, whom I am confident will approach his constitutional role with the reverence and dignity it deserves. I know that he will reach across the aisle because that’s what he’s done his entire career. After the turmoil of the past four years, we need for a president who unifies rather than divides.”
Flake joined 26 other former members of Congress in endorsing Biden. Others include former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphries, former Virginia Sen. John Warner and 24 former members of the House.