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Jeff Flake Drops Out, Denounces Trump - Page 2

Arizona senator won't run for re-election, bemoans 'lack of decency' in DC
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2017 2:37 PM CDT
Updated Oct 24, 2017 3:48 PM CDT

  • Full text: Read the transcript of Flake's speech here. One snippet: “It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are. And what are we going to do about that?. When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say? I rise to say, enough.”
  • Another 'scalp': Flake was probably the most vulnerable Republican up for re-election, notes Politico, which calls his speech a "full-throated denunciation of President Trump." The site also collects a quote from an adviser to the pro-Trump non-profit Great America Alliance. “Steve Bannon adds another scalp to his collection."
  • GOP majority: The New York Times calls the speech "extraordinary," adding that Flake's departure calls into question whether the GOP can retain his seat and, in the bigger picture, its majority in the Senate.

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