Flake cuts ad for Biden: 'Character' matters

Source: The Hill | October 28, 2020 | Celine Castronuovo

Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) has filmed an ad for former Vice President Joe Biden, using the spot to urge Republicans to put “country over party” and support the Democratic presidential nominee.

“I’ve been a conservative Republican my entire life,” Flake says at the start of the ad released Wednesday, noting the first time he cast a presidential ballot was for Ronald Reagan in 1984. “I’ve never before voted for a Democrat for president.” 

“But this year, principle and conscience require me to do just that,” the former elected official continues. “I’m voting for Joe Biden.”

Flake, who served in the Senate from 2013 until his retirement in 2019, encouraged voters to ask themselves, “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?” As Flake speaks, images of his family appear onscreen.

“My fellow Republicans, it’s not easy going against the head of our party. Believe me, I know,” Flake said. “But I also know that character, moral leadership, integrity are values that we cannot put aside when we cast our vote for president. If we hold onto these values, our country will be better for it and so will our party.”

“And please, don’t let anyone tell you that by casting your vote for Joe Biden you’re somehow not being conservative,” he added. “This year, the most conservative thing you can do is to put the country over party. That’s what I’m doing. I hope you’ll join me.” 

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