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Jeff Flake: Trump Puts Arizona 'Up For Grabs'

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By    |   Sunday, 04 Sep 2016 12:41 PM

Donald Trump is putting reliably red-state Arizona "up for grabs" this November, Sen. Jeff Flake said Sunday.

In an interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation," the Arizona Republican said it's not just the opposition of Hispanic voters to Trump that could flip Arizona to the blue column.

"It shouldn't be up for grabs," Flake said. GOP 2012 nominee "Mitt Romney won by eight points. But frankly it is. I think that [the campaign of Hillary Clinton is] spending money because they have some indication that she might be in play. Unfortunately I think that is the case."

It's "not just about Hispanic voters," he added. "I've always said that independent swing voters and others expect the major party candidates to have serious policy proposals and with regard to immigration, just saying that you're going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it, is not a serious policy proposal. I think most Arizonans know that."

Flake, a frequent Trump critic, said the party's nominee has been too inconsistent on his policy stances.

"I'd like to see him stick with some of those positions for awhile," Flake said. "The ban on Muslims, he does seem to have walked back, talking more about regions or … vetting the process… I'm glad to see that. With regard to immigration, he pivots then pivots right back so it's kind of 360 degree pivot at times. I'd like to see a firm position that he sticks with for awhile. And obviously I'd like to see it have more realistic position in dealing with those who are here illegally now."

Flake said he not sure if Trump will change much before Election Day, and that "I don't expect that I'll be able to support him in November."

"I'd like to, but … I just don't see how I can."


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