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Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Endorses Joe Biden For President

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Jeff Flake.

Former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced his endorsement of Joe Biden for president on Monday. The Republican Flake said it will be the first time he has voted for a Democratic candidate for president.

Citing President Trump’s defiance of the intelligence community, his treatment of allies and a litany of other complaints, Flake said he could not be a part of re-electing a man who he said would further divide the country.

In a live-streamed address, Flake posed a question to fellow Republicans who believe in the power of conservative ideas: “Will we be in a better position to make the conservative case for governing after four more years of this administration?”

For Flake, the answer is a hard no. He said it was no longer enough to register disapproval of the president. Flake encouraged conservatives to vote for Biden, who he said will stop the chaos and reverse the damage to the country inflicted by Trump.

Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.