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Jeff Flake on Principles & Values

Republican Representative (AZ-6); Senate challenger

 


Impeachment: we didn't convict Trump. We should have

The vote to acquit him is the final act in the normalization of a President whose behavior was not normal, can never be acceptable, and culminated in a monstrous assault on American democracy. We didn't convict him. We should have, but we didn't. Let's not compound the grievous injury to the country and our party by continuing to embrace him, for Trumpism is the opposite of conservatism.
Source: KMOV-TV AzFamily.com on 2021 Ambassador Confirmation Hearing , Jul 20, 2021

Without principled fidelity to truth, democracy won't last

Near the beginning of the document that made us free, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident." There you have it. From the very beginning of America, our freedom has been predicated on truth. For without a principled fidelity to truth and to shared facts, our democracy will not last.
Source: Washington Post on 2021 Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , May 11, 2021

Today's GOP: where there's no greater offense than honesty

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your contemporary Republican Party, where today there is no greater offense than honesty. From the ugly tolerance of the pernicious falsehood about President Barack Obama's place of birth to the bizarre and fanatical fable about the size of inauguration crowds, to the introduction of the term "alternative facts" into the American lexicon, the party's steady embrace of dishonesty as a central premise has brought us to this low and dangerous place.
Source: Washington Post on 2021 Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , May 11, 2021

We did not become a great nation by espousing nonsense

The destructive effect of the president's behavior--and the willingness of Republican elected officials to indulge, excuse, defend, justify and, in many cases, just roll with it--has taken a devastating toll. It is elementary to have to say this, but we did not become a great nation by believing or espousing nonsense, or by embracing lunacy. And if my party continues down this path, we will not be fit to govern.
Source: Washington Post on 2021 Ambassadorial Confirmation Hearing , May 11, 2021

Supports "Republicans for Biden" effort

More than two-dozen former Republican members of Congress threw their support behind a "Republicans for Biden" effort being launched by the Democratic presidential nominee's campaign to engage potential GOP supporters this November. In their respective convention agendas, each party has sought to showcase converted supporters. Joe Biden's list of Republican supporters, shared first with Fox News, includes a number of well-known Trump critics, most notably former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Last fall, he penned an op-ed urging lawmakers to abandon the president and save their "souls," as he backed impeachment. He's since said he won't vote for Trump, but had held off on a formal Biden endorsement until now.

He's joined by former Republican Sens. Gordon Humphrey (NH) and John Warner (VA); and 23 former Republican Representatives.

Source: Fox News Sunday on 2020 Convention Endorsements , Aug 24, 2020

Impeachment appropriate is Trump fires Special Counsel

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) told the Washington Post that he would support impeachment proceedings against President Trump if the president ends special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election "without cause."

Said Flake: "We're begging him: 'Don't go down this road. Don't create a constitutional crisis. Don't force the Congress to take the only remedy that Congress can take. To remind the president of that is the best way to keep him from going down that road. To fire Mueller without cause, I don't know if there is any other remedy left to the legislative branch."

Source: PoliticalWire.com on impeachment of Trump , Mar 20, 2018

Republican Party needs to attract millennials & minorities

Q: This year a record number of Republicans have already decided not to run for re-election. Why so many?

Rep. ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN (R-FL): Very few women are running on the Republican Party ticket for office. Far greater numbers of women are identifying themselves as being in the Democratic Party. I don't see that we really have a recruiting program that's active to get minorities involved in our party.

FLAKE: I agree with Ileana in terms of where the Republican Party is going and the danger. Every presidential election cycle, we are, as a country, 2% less white. You know, voters of color, it's changing that way. And I don't think that we've made enough of an effort, as Republicans, to appeal across the broader electorate. And then with young people as well. Given some of the position and the behavior that the president has exhibited, I think it makes it very difficult for young people to identify with the Republican Party. They've been walking away from the party in general.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2018 interviews of 2020 hopefuls , Feb 18, 2018

Only authoritarians say the press is the enemy of the people

Q: You've going to be giving a series of speeches on President Trump's relationship with the press. We've gotten some excerpts: "It's a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Joseph Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase `enemy of the people' that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use. And of course, the president has it precisely backward. Despotism is the enemy of the people, the free press is the despot's enemy." What are you trying to do with these speeches?

FLAKE: What I'm trying to say is, you can talk about crowd size and this is pretty innocuous if there's a falsehood. But when you reflexively refer to the press as "the enemy of the people" or "fake news," that has real damage to our standing in the world. Under Stalin, and today, you have authoritarians across the world using the term "fake news" to justify cracking down on their opposition or staunch legitimate debate.

Source: ABC This Week 2018 interviews of 2020 hopefuls , Jan 14, 2018

Wrote Conscience of a Conservative because GOP lost its way

Q: Why did you write the book?

FLAKE: I felt that, just like Goldwater had felt in his time, 56 years ago, when he wrote the original "Conscience of a Conservative," that the party had lost its way. Similarly today, the party's lost its way. We have given into nativism and protectionism. If we're going to be a governing party in the future, and a majority party, we have got to go back to traditional conservatism, limited government, economic freedom, individual responsibility. Those are the principles that made us who we are.

Q: You write in the book: "It is not enough to be conservative anymore. You have to be vicious." What do you mean?

FLAKE: We have seen, unfortunately, too many examples of elected officials referring to opponents in ways that you would have never done before, ascribing the worst motives to your opponents and assuming that other Americans are the enemy. And that is just not the way it used to be. And I don't think it can be that way in the future.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2017: on "Conscience of a Conservative" , Jul 30, 2017

We get nothing done because of lack of political civility

Q: How does party change itself? If I'm Republican, what do I do? How do you go forward?

FLAKE: One, it has to start with demeanor. We have to model behavior that we would be proud that our kids are watching, because [otherwise] we're not going to tackle the big issues. In the book, I talk about when our chief military officials, General Mattis, also Bob Gates, when he was still in position, were asked what the biggest problems were, they didn't talk about North Korea or Iran or the Middle East. They said the lack of civility and the lack of people getting along here in Congress, and that turning inward. We are the biggest problem here. And until we fix that, until we recognize that we have got to get together, whether it's on health care or taxes, if we want to move ahead on those issues and have something that the president can sign, I would submit we better start looking across the aisle and saying, "How can we do this together?"

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2017: on "Conscience of a Conservative" , Jul 30, 2017

Vowed not to serve more than 3 terms in Congress; broke vow

Flake was idealistic early on and vowed not to serve more than three terms in Congress. He bailed on that promise and admitted it was a mistake to self-limit. That aside, he has been a loud opponent of earmarks and has a history of kicking his own party in the shins by not voting with them on some issues.
Source: The Sahuarita Sun on 2012 Arizona Senate debates , May 29, 2012

Member of the Republican Liberty Caucus.

Flake is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus:

What is the RLC?

The Republican Liberty Caucus is a grassroots, nationwide organization affiliated with the Republican Party (GOP). The goal of the RLC is to elect pro-liberty individuals to office. The RLC was founded in 1990, and now has members in every state.

What does the RLC do?

We are expanding our nationwide base of pro-liberty Republicans. We publish a national newsletter and some state chapters publish newsletters as well.

What is the RLC’s platform?

The RLC doesn’t have an official platform like the major parties, because it is a political club and only affiliated with a major party. There is, however, an official list of RLC positions that emphasizes limited government across the board. The document was adopted at the 1996 RLC convention. Individual RLC members do not necessarily concur with every position, and it is not a requirement of membership to endorse it. It does seem to reflect the general views of the members.

Why don’t you just join the Libertarian Party?

Many in our group have been LP members, some still are. Our past chairman, Rep. Ron Paul, was the LP presidential candidate in 1988. Our Past Treasurer, Mike Holmes, was a founding member of the LP.

Everyone in the RLC joined for their own reasons, but it can be presumed that they all would agree that in many races the GOP is the best way to go in order to actually get a libertarian elected. It can also be said that the LP runs educational campaigns, where the goal is not actually electing someone, but educating the public about the libertarian philosophy. We are interested in getting someone who holds the libertarian philosophy elected.

Will the RLC support an LP candidate?

The RLC does not support LP candidates in a race where there is a GOP candidate. This does not mean that individual RLC members are party line voters. A person’s individual choice with regards to voting is not a litmus test for participation in the RLC.
Source: Republican Liberty Caucus web site 00-RLC0 on Dec 8, 2000

Rated B by the Club for Growth, pro-growth but not targeted.

Flake scores B by the Club for Growth, a conservative PAC

The GOP controls the Senate by just one vote. Even with today’s margin, the GOP doesn’t have effective control of the agenda as the Democrats use the filibuster to kill pro-growth reform or crucial judicial appointments. The next Senate could confirm two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

If the Republicans do manage to pick up a few extra seats in the Senate, there could also be an ideological shift toward pro-growth issues. Right now, the balance of power is in the hands of the RINO Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter. With a seat pick-up for the GOP, plus the addition of GOP superstars, Olympia and Arlen would no longer be deciding votes. We could move away from watered-down Republicanism toward a genuine pro-growth agenda.

Members of the Club are economic conservatives, like-minded political contributors who are frustrated with the ideological drift of both parties today. Club members have a shared goal of contributing to and electing more Reaganites to Congress who are willing to stand for the issues like: cutting taxes, controlling federal spending, personal accounts for Social Security, ending the death tax, eliminating the capital gains tax, fundamental tax reform, providing true school choice and minimizing government's role in our daily lives.

The stakes are mighty high in the Senate elections. That’s why we’re providing you now with our outlook for every competitive Senate race and a list of our top tier choices. The “A” List Candidates make this list because their races are competitive and they are the very best on economic issues. The “B” List Candidates are all in hotly contested races too, but they are not as rock solid on economic growth issues.

Source: CFG website 04n-CFG on Sep 21, 2004

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